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The Columbus Marathon Legacy-Films and Schedules
Posted by: Joe Neff on: 02/ 2/2000 12:13AM

OK, after several failed attempts and hours of frustration (damn technology!) here, finally, is the complete legacy of the Columbus marathon. This includes 24 hour Sci-Fi and Horror, as well as several schlock etc. Where possible or remembered, shorts are noted. If anyone spots any errors (there are some unknown premieres in a few ‘thons) please post corrections. So now, with a tip of the space helmet to Frank’s comprehensive Boston marathon list, and to Garen for keeping the tradition alive, and to give you an idea of what your former host organism Bruce Bartoo has spawned in Columbus, I present THE LIST!

In 1986, Jeff Frank, a local theater operator, took over the lease on the 800 seat Camelot North theater in Northern Columbus and turned it into a first run art house. Around the same time, Bruce Bartoo moved to Columbus and was subsequently hired as the single screen theater’s first general manager, a position he would hold for three and a half years. Bartoo pitched the marathon concept to Frank, and in spring of 1987, the theater held its first 24 hour Science Fiction Marathon.

SF1 1987
IT CAME FROM THE DREXEL NORTH
THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL
EARTH VS. THE FLYING SAUCERS
IT CAME FROM OUTER SPACE (IN 3-D)
BLADE RUNNER
TRANCERS (MIDWEST PREMIERE)
INFRA-MAN
IT! THE TERROR FROM BEYOND SPACE
DARK STAR
ALIEN
DEVIL GIRL FROM MARS
VILLAGE OF THE DAMNED
FORBIDDEN PLANET
Mime Legend
High Rise

SF2 1988
IT CAME FROM THE DREXEL NORTH
WAR OF THE WORLDS
FIRST MEN ON THE MOON
THE FLYING SAUCER
THIS ISLAND EARTH
THE GIANT CLAW
LIGHT YEARS (MIDWEST PREMIERE)
CAT WOMEN OF THE MOON (IN 3-D)
PLANET OF THE VAMPIRES
FIVE MILLION YEARS TO EARTH
THE HIDDEN
A BOY AND HIS DOG
I MARRIED A MONSTER FROM OUTER SPACE
ROBOCOP
INVADERS FROM MARS (1953)
Superman-The Underground World
Space Patrol
Tom Corbett-Space Cadet
Attack of the Flying Saucers
Zombies of the Stratosphere
THX2238 4EB
Duck Dodgers in the 24th Century
Gravity

By this point, the marathons were beginning to draw a loyal crowd, so in October of 1988, the Drexel North held its first 24 Hour Horror Marathon.

H1 1988
NIGHT OF THE LIVING DREXEL
FRANKENSTEIN
HORROR OF DRACULA
THE FEARLESS VAMPIRE KILLERS
ISLAND OF LOST SOULS
HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL (IN E-M-E-R-G-O!)
THE HAUNTING
THE HOWLING
LAIR OF THE WHITE WORM (OHIO PREMIERE)
SUSPIRIA
RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD
THE HILLS HAVE EYES
THE VAMPIRE LOVERS
EVIL DEAD 2: DEAD BY DAWN

SF3 1989
IT CAME FROM THE DREXEL NORTH
THE TIME MACHINE
BATTLE IN OUTER SPACE
2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY
THUNDERBIRDS ARE GO
KRONOS
THE BLOB (1958)
KILLER KLOWNS FROM OUTER SPACE
THE BLOB (1988)
INFRA-MAN
THEM!
FLIGHT TO MARS
THE BRAIN FROM PLANET AROUS
THE TERMINATOR

H2 1989
NIGHT OF THE LIVING DREXEL
CURSE OF THE DEMON
PUMPKINHEAD
THE BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN
YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN
13 GHOSTS (WITH GHOST VIEWERS)
THE PIT AND THE PENDULUM (1961)
I WAS A TEENAGE WEREWOLF
DARK ANGEL a.k.a. I COME IN PEACE (MIDWEST PREMIERE)
THEY CAME FROM WITHIN
RE-ANIMATOR
CAPTAIN KRONOS: VAMPIRE HUNTER
NIGHT OF THE GHOULS
HELLRAISER

SF4 1990
IT CAME FROM THE DREXEL NORTH
ROBINSON CRUSOE ON MARS
20 MILLION MILES TO EARTH
WHAT’S UP HIDEOUS SUN DEMON?
FORBIDDEN PLANET
THE MONSTER OF PIEDRAS BLANCA
INVASION EARTH:THE ALIENS ARE HERE (COLUMBUS PREMIERE)
ATTACK OF THE 50 FT. WOMAN
ALIENS
IT CONQUERED THE WORLD
THE LAST STARFIGHTER
THE BLACK SCORPION
THE ROAD WARRIOR
A MYSTERY PREMIERE

H3 1990
NIGHT OF THE LIVING DREXEL
SPECIAL GUEST: PATTY MULLEN (FRANKENHOOKER)
THE WOLF MAN
THE AMBULANCE (OHIO PREMIERE)
NIGHT LIFE (U.S. PREMIERE)
MR. SARDONICUS (WITH THE PUNISHMENT POLL)
JACOB’S LADDER (SNEAK PREVIEW)
THE BRIDE OF RE-ANIMATOR (U.S. PREMIERE)
FRANKENHOOKER (OHIO PREMIERE)
FOUR FLIES ON GREY VELVET
A BUCKET OF BLOOD
PHANTASM
DRACULA, PRINCE OF DARKNESS
THE BROOD
THEATRE OF BLOOD
Come to Me Softly (World Premiere)
Hands Off (Ohio Premiere)
Night of the Living Bread (World Premiere)
Frankenweenie
Vincent

SF5 1991
IT CAME FROM THE DREXEL NORTH
THE THING (1951)
DEATH RACE 2000
ROBOT MONSTER
JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH
SPACEMASTER X-7
MEET THE APPLEGATES (COLUMBUS PREMIERE)
FIEND WITHOUT A FACE
TREMORS
THE DAY THE WORLD ENDED
HARDWARE
EARTH VS. THE FLYING SAUCERS
THE THING (1982)
A MYSTERY PREMIERE

As the marathons were humming along at this point, Bartoo and Frank decided to stage the theater’s first 12 Hour Schlock Marathon, which took its name from its Boston namesake.

SCH1 1991
SCHLOCK AROUND THE CLOCK
THE GIRL CAN’T HELP IT
DOCTOR OF DOOM a.k.a. WRESTLING WOMEN VS. THE AZTEC MUMMY
BEYOND THE VALLEY OF THE DOLLS
GLEN OR GLENDA?
ILSA, SHE-WOLF OF THE SS
FRANKENSTEIN MEETS THE SPACE MONSTER
CHOPPER CHICKS IN ZOMBIETOWN (COLUMBUS PREMIERE)

H4 1991
NIGHT OF THE LIVING DREXEL
SPECIAL GUESTS: BRIAN YUZNA AND ROLFE KANEFSKY
THE INVISIBLE RAY
THERE’S NOTHING OUT THERE (MIDWEST PREMIERE)
CHILDREN OF THE NIGHT (U.S. PREMIERE)
GUYVER (U.S. PREMIERE)
NEAR DARK
SOCIETY (U.S. PREMIERE)
TWO EVIL EYES (U.S. PREMIERE)
THE BORROWER (OHIO PREMIERE)
THE HUNGER
FRIGHT NIGHT
CURSE OF FRANKENSTEIN
CARRIE

SF6 1992-2492
IT CAME FROM THE DREXEL NORTH
THEME: 500 YEARS INTO THE FUTURE
SPECIAL GUESTS: NEIL DUNCAN, STEVE KEVELL, JOHN ELLIS AND HANS BACHMAN
DUNE
PROJECT MOONBASE
INVADER (U.S. PREMIERE)
METROPOLIS (WITH LIVE PIANO ACCOMPANIMENT)
SPLIT SECOND (WORLD PREMIERE)
WORLD WITHOUT END
A CLOCKWORK ORANGE
2010: THE YEAR WE MAKE CONTACT
PREDATOR 2
TOTALL RECALL
PLANET OF THE APES

H5 1992
NIGHT OF THE LIVING DREXEL
SPECIAL GUEST: STUART GORDON
PSYCHO
THE REFRIGERATOR (MIDWEST PREMIERE)
BLACK SUNDAY
FROM BEYOND
THE PIT AND THE PENDULUM (1991)
BRAINDEAD a.k.a. DEAD ALIVE (MIDWEST PREMIERE)
TETSUO: THE IRON MAN (COLUMBUS PREMIERE)
THE DEVILS
ROSEMARY’S BABY
THE MASK OF FU MANCHU
LIFEFORCE
THE DEAD ZONE

SF7 1993
IT CAME FROM THE DREXEL NORTH
INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS (1956)
THE CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON
20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA
BLOBBERMOUTH (MIDWEST PREMIERE)
THE CRAWLING EYE
THE ABYSS: THE SPECIAL EDITION
THE MYSTERIANS
PLAN NINE FROM OUTER SPACE
THE DARK HALF (MIDWEST PREMIERE)
ROBOCOP 2
BATTLE BEYOND THE STARS
INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS (1978)

H6 1993
NIGHT OF THE LIVING DREXEL
THE SHINING
A CHINESE GHOST STORY
NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD (1968)
RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD 3 (U.S. PREMIERE)
THE EXORCIST
CARNOSAUR (MIDWEST PREMIERE)
CRONOS (U.S. PREMIERE)
EVIL DEAD 2: DEAD BY DAWN
ARMY OF DARKNESS
HALLOWEEN
THE DEVIL RIDES OUT (CANCELLED)
TICKS (MIDWEST PREMIERE-SHOWN IN PLACE OF DEVIL)
THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE

SCH2 1994
SCHLOCK AROUND THE CLOCK
HIGH SCHOOL CONFIDENTIAL
POLYESTER (IN ODORAMA)
SWITCHBLADE SISTERS
HERCULES RETURNS (MIDWEST PREMIERE)
INFRA-MAN (CANCELLED)
SHAKES THE CLOWN (SHOWN IN PLACE OF INFRA-MAN)
CAGED HEAT
Teenage Crusade
Sonny Bono Anti-Drug Spot
Red Hot Psycho (Dragnet)

The first Schlock marathon drew a respectable crowd, but the second time around drew less than fifty marathoids. The event was subsequently shelved.

SF8 1994
IT CAME FROM THE DREXEL NORTH
SPECIAL GUESTS: ED KEMMER (SPACE PATROL) AND KATHY LONG (KNIGHTS)
CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND
EARTH VS. THE SPIDER
ZEIRAM (MIDWEST PREMIERE)
KNIGHTS (U.S. PREMIERE)
IT CAME FROM OUTER SPACE (IN 3-D)
BODY SNATCHERS (MIDWEST PREMIERE)
DESTINATION MOON
THE ADVENTURES OF BUCKAROO BANZAI
GHIDRAH, THE THREE HEADED MONSTER
STAR TREK 2: THE WRATH OF KHAN
TERMINATOR 2: JUDGEMENT DAY
Space Patrol (2 Episodes)

H7 1994
NIGHT OF THE LIVING DREXEL
SPECIAL GUESTS: JEFF BURR (PUMPKINHEAD 2) AND GARY JONES (MOSQUITO)
THE ABOMINABLE DR. PHIBES
THE TINGLER (IN PERCEPTO!)
A CHINESE GHOST STORY (COLUMBUS PREMIERE)
PUMPKINHEAD 2: BLOOD WINGS (MIDWEST PREMIERE)
DAWN OF THE DEAD
MOSQUITO (MIDWEST PREMIERE)
HAUNTED SYMPHONY (U.S. PREMIERE)
VAMPYRES: DAUGHTERS OF DRACULA
SCARS OF DRACULA
SPIDER BABY
IT’S ALIVE
THE FOG
The Werewolf of Praxton Hall
Kitchen Sink

On Friday Jan. 13th, 1995 the Drexel announced that it was canceling the horror marathon, due to its elaborate decorations and need for more attention than the Sci-Fi Marathon.

SF9 1995
IT CAME FROM THE DREXEL NORTH
THEME: FIFTY YEARS OF THE NUCLEAR BOMB
ROCKETSHIP X-M (CANCELLED)
THE SHADOW
THEM! (SHOWN IN PLACE OF ROCKETSHIP)
THE ATOMIC CAFE
MANT (BLACK AND WHITE PORTION OF MATINEE)
DIGITAL MAN (WORLD PREMIERE)
DR. STRANGELOVE or HOW I LEARNED TO STOP WORRYING
FIRST SPACESHIP ON VENUS
THE SECRET ADVENTURES OF TOM THUMB (COLUMBUS PREMIERE)
H-MAN
MIND RIPPER (WORLD PREMIERE)
DARKMAN
ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK
MAD MAX

At the conclusion of the marathon, it was announced that Revco had taken over the lease to the theater and would be turning it into a drug store in three months. Bartoo and Frank moved the marathon to the Capitol Theater in the Vern Riffe Performing Arts Center in Downtown Columbus. The event was rechristened THE OHIO 24 HOUR SCIENCE FICTION MARATHON.

SF10 1996
CAPITOL THEATER
ALIEN
THE CITY OF LOST CHILDREN (COLUMBUS PREMIERE)
QUEEN OF OUTER SPACE
TREMORS 2: AFTERSHOCKS (U.S. PREMIERE)
FORBIDDEN PLANET
CEMETARY MAN (U.S. PREMIERE)
BLADE RUNNER: THE DIRECTOR’S CUT
STRANGE INVADERS
BRAZIL: THE DIRECTOR’S CUT
WAR OF THE WORLDS
ALIENS

In October of 1996, Chris Hamel, a former Drexel manager, held a 24 Hour Horror Marathon at the Cinemark 16 screen theater where he then managed. The event was held twice over a three day span, using two of the theater’s screens. Dirt poor promotion and a shaky lineup sunk the marathon, as it drew scant crowds. The event was subsequently shelved.

CINEMARKH1 1996
CINEMARK GAHANNA 16 THEATER
THE SHINING
A BUCKET OF BLOOD
THE OMEN
THE TWILIGHT ZONE: THE MOVIE
SEVEN
HOUSE
BEETLEJUICE
CHILDREN OF THE CORN
THE LOST BOYS
HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL (IN A PATHETIC RENDITION OF E-M-E-R-G-O)
THE EXORCIST
Night of the Living Bread

SF11 1997
CAPITOL THEATER
THE FLY (1958)
THE HAUNTED WORLD OF EDWARD D. WOOD JR. (MIDWEST PREMIERE)
BARBARELLA
THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL
ALTERED STATES
GAMERA, GUARDIAN OF THE UNIVERSE (OHIO PREMIERE)
TRAILERTHON
BAD TASTE (COLUMBUS PREMIERE)
REPO MAN
INVASION OF THE SAUCER MEN (CANCELLED)
PREDATOR
FIVE MILLION YEARS TO EARTH
THE FLY (1986)
Another tip of the space helmet to Major Tom Chenelle for lugging the print of GAMERA all the way from Boston.

In 1997, as a Drexel manager, I collaborated with Tim Martin the current General Manager of the Drexel Grandview at the time (a GOD to me and all who know him) and Mark Heuck (also a Drexel manager and The Movie Geek on T.V.'s Beat the Geeks) on an all night horror marathon at the Drexel Grandview single screen theater in Northwest Columbus.

DREXGRANDH1 1997
SHOCKTOBERFEST
THE TINGLER (IN PERCEPTO!)
THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE: THE NEXT GENERATION (OHIO PREMIERE) and (Best in theatre GIMMIK ever staged.. using a REAL CHAINSAW)
ERASERHEAD
RE-ANIMATOR (CANCELLED)
ARMY OF DARKNESS (SHOWN IN PLACE OF RE-ANIMATOR)

SF12 1998
CAPITOL THEATER
SPECIAL GUESTS: DAVID WECHTER, MICHAEL NANKIN AND MICHELLE STACEY (GRAVITY)
ROCKETSHIP X-M
MARS ATTACKS!
GRAVITY: IT’S ALIVE!
THE LOST WORLD (RESTORED PRINT WITH LIVE MUSIC-MIDWEST PREMIERE)
TIME WARP TRAILERTHON
INFRA-MAN
SPACE TRUCKERS (MIDWEST PREMIERE)
GATTACA
EARTH GIRLS ARE EASY (CANCELLED)
THEM! (SHOWN IN PLACE OF EARTH GIRLS)
STARSHIP TROOPERS
DAY OF THE TRIFFIDS
STARGATE

DREXGRANDH2 1998
THE BRIDE OF SHOCKTOBERFEST
BLACK SUNDAY
RE-ANIMATOR
THE UGLY (OHIO PREMIERE)
LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT
SIX-STRING SAMURAI (OHIO PREMIERE)
THE HUNGER
EVIL DEAD 2: DEAD BY DAWN

The following weekend, Tim Martin (GOD), who had since moved to a management job at the Marcus Cinemas Pickerington 16 complex put on an all night horror marathon in two of the theater’s screens. The event drew 400 patrons.

MARCUSH1 1998
NIGHTMARATHON
ROSEMARY’S BABY
THE ABOMINABLE DR. PHIBES
ALICE COOPER’S WELCOME TO MY NIGHTMARE
COUNT YORGA, VAMPIRE
FRIDAY THE 13TH

Since moving to the Capitol Theater, attendance for the marathon steadily dwindled, due in part to poor promotion and lack of atmosphere (no food allowed in the theater!) Bartoo and Frank decided to move the marathon to an 8 screen Sony theater in Northern Columbus.

SF17 1999
SONY CONTINENT THEATER
THEME: TIME WARP
THE TERMINATOR
KRONOS
FREE ENTERPRISE (OHIO PREMIERE)
CAT-WOMEN OF THE MOON (IN 3-D)
eXistenZ (U.S. PREMIERE)
MYSTERIOUS ISLAND
MIGHTY PEKING MAN (OHIO PREMIERE)
INVASION OF THE BEE GIRLS
DARK CITY
TIME BANDITS
TERMINATOR 2: JUDGEMENT DAY

On the same weekend, Tim Martin (GOD) held an all night Sci-Fi marathon at the Marcus Pickerington theater. The event drew 250+ patrons. Martin moved on to a management job at a Regal 5 screen theater in New Philadelphia, Ohio. and sadly left the movie industry behind in the year 2000, he is now a Desk Jockey for a large Business but as of 2007 has still never missed a Sci-Fi or Horror Marathon!!

MARCUSSF1 1999
THE THING THAT ATE PICKERINGTON
ALIENS
MST3K: THE MOVIE
STARGATE
THE ABYSS: THE SPECIAL EDITION
THE THING (1982)

Shortly after the Drexel’s marathon, the Sony theater closed, leaving the marathon’s future location up in the air.

After organizing two all night horror marathons with Drexel, I left to manage at Studio 35 Cinema, a 400 seat single screener in Northern Columbus. The Drexel decided not to stage another all night Horror Marathon with me, so I put on a 24 Hour Horror Marathon at Studio 35 in October of 1999.

STUD35H1 1999
A NIGHTMARE AT STUDIO 35
THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS
HOMICIDAL (WITH THE FRIGHT BREAK)
MR. VAMPIRE
THE CONQUEROR WORM
TALES FROM THE CRYPT
DEAD ALIVE
THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW (WITH LIVE CAST)
SUSPIRIA
PHANTASM
CREEPSHOW
THE VAMPIRE LOVERS
THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE

With 250 marathoids in attendance, the event was a success and is tentatively scheduled for another go-around this fall. If any of you would like more information about this marathon or the other Columbus ‘thons, look me up at this year’s Boston marathon. I’ll be the guy in the black NIGHTMARE AT STUDIO 35 T-shirt with the glow in the dark NOSFERATU. Once again, thank you for your time and LONG LIVE THE MARATHON!


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