Studio 35 at night photo by Chris Uhler ( owned movie theatres have a history and  unique flavor all their own. Many of them offer food and drink that you won’t find at the national chain cinemas. They host events and fundraisers for local charities, helping the community. The bulk of what you spend at your local independent movie house goes right back into the local economy supporting local accountants, cleaning crews and employees.


Central Ohio local independently owned movie theatres:

Studio 35 photo by Jessica ( 35 <> ClintonvilleStudio 35, Columbus’ oldest independent movie theater and draft house. Located in the heart of Clintonville, Studio 35 features the hottest new movies, classic cinema special events, and plenty of independent charm.

Drexel <> East Side ColumbusFor generations, the Drexel Theatre has been central Ohio’s first source for independent film and the best of Hollywood and international cinema, striving to specialize in simply the best films from around the world. Named among the “Ten Best Art Blessings” by The Columbus Dispatch, the Drexel is Columbus’ premier arts cinema, providing unique programming in an eclectic, neighborhood film-going experience.

Gateway Film Center <> OSU Area
The Gateway Film Center is central Ohio’s first dedicated film center and features a diverse mix of independent and commercial film in an intimate and stimulating environment. The interesting film mix, Martini Shot Bistro, state of the art digital projection systems, guest friendly staff and sophisticated atmosphere make the Gateway Film Center the definitive cinema of choice for area film lovers.

Wexner Center Film & Video <> OSU Area
If you’re looking for films that are new and different, rare and classic, or just too edgy for the average multiplex, head to the Wexner Center. Here you’ll find a year-round festival of independent filmmaking, international cinema, new documentaries, and classics from the familiar to the forgotten. Hear visiting filmmakers discuss their works, or watch for new projects from our Film/Video Studio Program in The Box, our screening space for video.

Grandview Theater <> Grandview OH
In addition to regular theatre items like popcorn, candy, and soda, the Grandview Theatre also carries items from local restaurants, bakers, and chocolatiers, plus a line of bottled brews.

Arena Grand <> Downtown, Arena District
The deco inspired cinema features 11 comfortable stadium-style theatres and a full service Bistro Cafe. Located in the arena district of downtown.


thescreens-moviesScreens at the Continent <> North Side Columbus
The mission of the Screens is to provide affordable family entertainment. This neighborhood cinema shows its dedication to the local community with perks for volunteers of several charitable organizations. Students that get an “A” are treated to a meal and movie.

Strand Theater <> Delaware OH
The Strand Theatre has been running movies for 96 continuous years! Making us the longest continually run movie theatre in the State of Ohio and in the top 5 in the USA. Enjoy great shops and restaurants in beautiful Historic Downtown Delaware and then be a part of history and join us at the movies.

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