For 75 years, Drexel Theatre has showcased an eclectic, globetrotting mix of the latest offerings from Hollywood and the independent-film scene. These days, all three of the nonprofit theater's auditoriums screen those pictures with digital projections and Dolby digital sound. Every so often, however, the theater's proprietors dust off their old 35-millimeter projectors for specialty showings of classic films, such as the spooky flicks at Drexel's annual 24-hour horror marathon. That only skims the surface of the Drexel's events lineup, which includes silent pictures with live scores and onetime screenings followed by Q&As with the filmmakers. The membership program introduced in 2011 boasts more than 400 members, whose loyalty and commitment to keeping the theater open is rewarded with discounted tickets, free concessions, and invitations to advanced screenings.
Grandview Theatre brings the magic of the old-time movie experience to modern cinema. Since 1926, this single-screen theater has shown the biggest films of the day. In addition to showing blockbusters, the theater carries concessions from numerous local businesses, including Cowtown Pizza's entire line of pies and Elevator Brewing Company's complete line of bottled beers. And, on the weekends, Patisserie Lallier sweetens the theater?s treat selection with freshly baked pastries.
Gateway Film Center's glowing lights beckon moviegoers over for a viewing of an independent or commercial film, midnight screening of a cult classic, or a free showing of a popular television series, such as Mad Men, reformatted for the big screen. The theater's plush leather seats lovingly embrace audiences as they feast their eyes on digitally projected cinematic features and thwart thirst with fruity cocktails, frozen beverages, and soft drinks from the Martini Shot Bistro. The onsite eatery also supplements typical movie fare with gourmet sandwiches, sushi, and pizza, which are allowed into the theater and inside luggage checked by airport security. During Name Ten Trivia night, Gateway's own Quizmaster Squirrel tests guests' cinema and television knowledge before rewarding winners with movie tickets and other theater-related prizes.