For more than 15 years, Star Cinemas has screened new and recent releases in its clean, well-maintained facilities. The family-owned theater, with locations in Hillsboro and Grove City, offers handicap access and hearing-impaired service and is conveniently located near major highways and out of the sightlines of roving T-1000s.
Even massive TVs or wall-sized smartphones just can't replicate the experience of watching a movie on the silver screen. That being said, modern first-run theaters can put a damper on a family night out with exorbitant ticket and concession prices. Like time-traveling back to the golden days of affordable cinema, The Screens at Cincinnati Mall gives moviegoers all of the first-run perks?pristine projection, huge screens, crisp digital sound, and high-backed rocking seats?without siphoning wallets. With eight auditoriums, The Screens delivers moviegoing memories 365 days a year with a constant rotation of second-run blockbusters, including kids' films, horror flicks, action-adventures, rom-coms, and com-roms (movies about computers that hate each other at first, then fall in love). All the while, the concession stand keeps appetites at bay with a wealth of theater staples, including popcorn, nachos, hot dogs, chicken nuggets, pretzels, sodas, and healthy fruit juices.
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.
Starplex Cinemas Westpointe showers stadium seating with first-run movie action playing across 10 wall-to-wall screens. Two tickets grant moviegoers access to the stadium seating of a film of their choice to have heartstrings plucked by engrossing plots and eye sockets vibrated by the digital projection. A bag of popcorn fuels minds trying to unravel the subtle implications of a Frankenstein fighting and then falling in love with a giant robot. Many films are also shown in RealD 3-D, though a small extra fee applies. View the schedule up to a week in advance to plan theater trips accordingly.
Voted Columbus’s best movie theater in 2010 by readers of Columbus Alive!, Arena Grand Movie Theatre satisfies urges for blockbuster movies, cold beer, and cool, dark, cavernous spaces in which crowds can quietly assemble. Bring along a fellow film fanatic with two tickets ($9 per adult after 6 p.m., $7 for matinee showings, seniors, and students) to a showing at the theater and marvel at Jon Hamm's impossible good looks in The Town or give Betty White's career the boost it so desperately needs by catching her in You Again, coming to theaters on September 24. This Groupon may not be valid for certain movies during the first two weeks of their release—contact Arena Grand Movie Theatre for verification.