1. So what is this whole 24-hour Marathon exactly? Is there any running involved?
-The Annual Horror Marathon (and its sister Science Fiction Marathon) is a 24-hour film festival running continuously from Noon Saturday until Noon Sunday. It features classic fright flicks, rediscovered gems, recent raves, area premieres, coffinloads of trailers, short subjects, and other such cinematic fare.
2. So by continuous do you mean without intermissions?
-Intermissions occur between each feature film, usually lasting for around 10-15 minutes (depending on the time of day...or night...or by how far we might have fallen behind in the schedule.) We like to give you plenty of time to get up, stretch, chat with your cohorts, meet new people and, of course, patronize your local concession stand.
3. That was my next question. Food?
-The Drexel concession stand offers a wide assortment of goodies to keep your blood pumping. Plus, once in a while there are other options available that we will make known.
4. So can I bring in my own food?
-Hey, we're trying to keep this filmic thing of ours going for awhile! While we won't be employing a Homeland Security rep. to search your bags, we do ask that you refrain from bringing outside food, including fast food. Film rentals are notoriously expensive, especially in this day and age of increased shipping costs, so patronize your local concession stand! Most theaters make their hay from said concessions sales, so do your part to keep the event (and the theatre) going by buying foodstuffs! Hey, you're gonna be here for 24 hours.
5. Yeah, you're right, I'll be here for awhile. So will there be coffee?
-There will, in fact, be a steady flow of hot coffee throughout the event. But you can go one step further by purchasing the Official Shock Around the Clock Coffee Mug - a slick and stylish ceramic mug with UNLIMITED COFFEE REFILLS for the entirety of the event! That's right: buy the mug and you can pony up to the concession stand to get your caffeine fix as much as you want for the rest of the Marathon.
6. Will there be a t-shirt for sale this year?
-Yes, indeed. Once again, you can purchase your official SHOCK AROUND THE CLOCK commemorative t-shirt, and this year it'll be two-sided! We really dig 'em, and trust me, we don't impress easily.
7. Okay, so I get the films, the shorts, the merchandise, the food, the coffee. What if I have to leave for awhile?
-Well, we might give you a bit of grief for temporarily abandoning this 24-hour odyssey of terror, but if you must you can come and go as you please, as long as you retain your stamped ticket and keep your wristband (which we'll provide when you enter the crypt...er, theatre.)
8. Where can I park for the Marathon, especially if I'm going to stay for the entire time?
Theatre parking is available at all-times in the parking lot behind the theatre (access from Drexel Ave.); on the north side of E. Main St., both sides of Drexel Ave., and nearby side streets. Additional parking is available at the Bexley Municipal Parking Lot (two driveways west of the theatre) after 5 p.m. weekdays and all-day Saturday, Sunday and holidays. Parking is also available on the south side of E. Main St. between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. and after 6:00 p.m. weekdays and all-day Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays. As always, be mindful of the signs and you should be fine! The Drexel Theatre is located at 2254 E. Main St., Columbus, Ohio between Drexel Ave. and College Ave. (in the heart of Bexley directly across from Capital University).