Drexel Theatre reopening Memorial Day weekend

The historic Bexley venue will begin a phased reopening on Thursday, May 27

Andy Downing
Columbus Alive
The Drexel will resume showing films on Memorial Day weekend

The Drexel Theatre, which has been closed for more than a year amid the coronavirus pandemic, announced today that it would begin a phased reopening on Thursday, May 27.

Initially, screenings will be limited to four per day Thursday through Sunday, and only two of the theater's three screens will be utilized. In addition, seating in each theater will be limited to 25 percent of the total capacity, so advance ticket purchases are recommended, and patrons will be required to wear a face mask.

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“It was important to honor the donors, members, and community whose generous support has been critical during these unprecedented times by reopening in a responsible way that best positions the theatre for long-term success,” Drexel Theatre Manager Jeremy Henthorn said in a press release. “Taking the reopening in phases, paying close attention to the timing of film industry releases, and ensuring we are able to offer patrons a safe and welcoming space to return to, all make this the right time to invite everyone back.”

The opening weekend films that will screen at the Drexel, located at 2254 E. Main St. in Bexley, include: "A Quiet Place Part II," "Dream Horse," "Minari" and recent Oscar Best Picture winner "Nomadland." Visit the theater's official site here for more information or to purchase tickets.

The Drexel's reopening follows an earlier announcement by Gateway Film Center, which is also slated to reopen on May 27. A schedule of films coming to the Gateway can be viewed by visiting its official site here

The Drexel remains committed to its vision of providing unique arts content and a vibrant community gathering place. Coming June 11, the Drexel will offer In the Heights, the big screen adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s 2005 Tony and Grammy Award-winning Broadway musical.

Tickets for each screening are limited to 25% of capacity of each theatre, so pre-purchasing online is strongly encouraged.