Good Pairings: Studio 35 – Beer, Movies and More
Posted by cmh gourmand on April 28, 2010
On Sunday I partook a pairing of Pee Wee’s Big Adventure and a Columbus Brewing Company beer tasting at Studio 35 Cinema and Drafthouse. The place was packed which I was both glad and sad to see. It is great to see an event do well and this one clearly was meeting everyone’s expectations. However, I would like to see Studio 35 packed every single night. Combining beer and a movie makes for some magic. Studio 35 adds in more elements to take everything to the next level. I would like to see even more people support a place that does so much to support the community.
Let’s talk about beer. Studio 35 serves an ever changing variety of good craft beers. There is typically a glass special paired with a new beer. You buy a special pint glass (that you keep) and when you bring that glass with you it can be filled with the selected beer special at a discount. Good deal. The selections include a variety of local and regional microbrews.
Studio 35 also offers a growler special. A growler as in a big, giant container for beer. When you buy a Studio 35 growler you can continue to fill it up with a variety of beers. Then you can come back for another movie and fill it up again. Groovy.
There is typically a Sunday beer tasting once per month paired up with a classic movie. The tastings feature a beer expert to share brewing knowledge with tasters. Eight or more beer styles are offered for sampling and sipping. Most tasters have found it fun, informative and a good value, although the tastings may impair a person’s memory of the movie offering. Maybe that is why the tastings are teamed with classic movies – so you can miss parts and not feel cheated.
There are other events as well. Eric, the owner of Studio 35 appears to have some green leanings. The theater has served at a hub of for environmentally proactive documentaries such as King Corn. Other movies have included premiere’s by local film makers, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, The Three Amigos (as the finale of a Taco Truck Tour) and more. Studio 35 hosts showings of soccer matches and OSU football games. Another special event that can not be scheduled is an encounter with a ghost. Legend has it that the theater is haunted……
Standard movie food is offered at the counter as well as pizza from Clintonville Pizza a few feet down the street. Homemade cupcakes and other goodies also make an appearance but sell out quickly. There is a small bar between the counter and the theater with a few stools and booths as well as a large flat screen TV snyched with the main screen. This spot serves as a nice place to have a conversation without disturbing other moviewatchers.
That is my preview of what Studio 35 has to offer. Drop in and partake in the features I mentioned so you will see what the attraction is. I know this sounds like an ad however this post was inspired by a friend of mine that was frustrated that more people were not on board with all of the cool things (Zombie Walk) that Studio 35 supports and sponsors. Slide into the studio, have a beer, watch the show du jour and bring a friend.
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