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Studio 35 Theater reopens during renovations

Mike Thomas

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Don’t mind the dust, moviegoers! Studio 35 Cinema & Drafthouse will reopen today, Thursday, May 16. The landmark theater in Clintonville has been closed since Monday for renovations, which are ongoing.

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Additions include a second-story screening room, new seating in the main auditorium, and a kitchen. The upgrades to the historic theater, which opened in 1938, are expected to be completed in August of 2019.

Studio 35 is a champion of independent cinema in Central Ohio, so be sure to get out and show your support throughout their renovation! To catch movie times, view menus, and keep up to date with all of Studio 35’s awesome events, visit studio35.com.

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Major downtown ramp to close permanently soon

Regina Fox

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Dear Third Street drivers, enjoy the Interstate 70 ramp while you can because soon, it'll be but a distant memory.

Starting Monday, November 25, the Third Street ramp to I-70 east in Downtown will close permanently as part of ODOT's project to improve I-70/71.

https://twitter.com/ODOT_Columbus/status/1194370732286992384

The ramp must close to make way for a new exit ramp from I-70 east to Parsons Avenue, reports ODOT, which is expected to open next month. The Parsons Avenue ramp will replace the 18th Street exit ramp, which will also close permanently in December. 

When the project is complete in 2021, another new ramp from Fulton Street will restore access to I-70 east. In the meantime, downtown drivers headed east will have to use alternate routes. See below for suggestions from ODOT:

From German Village:

  • East on Livingston Ave. to Kelton Ave. OR to Alum Creek Dr. to I-70 east

From the Brewery District:

  • South on High St. to west on Greenlawn Ave. to I-71 north to I-70 east

From Olde Towne East:

  • East on Main St. to Miller Ave. OR to Alum Creek Dr. to I-70 east

From the Arena District:

  • West on Spring St./Dublin Rd. to SR 315 south to I-70 east
  • West on Spring St. to Neil Ave. to I-670 east (to I-71 south to I-70 east)

To see a rendering of the project once all phases are complete, click here.

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Heads up, Buckeye fans, game day traffic undergoing changes

Regina Fox

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As part of a pilot program to evaluate new ways to move more people faster, the flow of game day traffic is undergoing some changes.

The City of Columbus and COTA announced the "Game Day Mobility Lane," a one-day test that will close a lane near Ohio State's campus to normal traffic.

On November 23 starting at 10am (Ohio State vs. Penn State football game), the southbound curb lane along North High Street from Dodridge Street to Lane Avenue will be dedicated to bus, bike, and scooter traffic only.

Immediately after the start of the football game at noon, the cones will move to change the northbound flow of traffic. At that time, the northbound curb lane will be dedicated to bus, bike, and scooter traffic. The northbound traffic flow change will be in place during the game and for two hours after the game ends.

According to a release from the City of Columbus, analyses gleaned from the Game Day Mobility Lane test will inform future decision about how to best optimize traffic patterns, and could serve as a model for future tests.

The Game Day Mobility Lane is the second project in a series called the Mobility Innovation Tests, which provide critical information to help understand how to better connect residents to education, jobs, healthcare, and, in this case, OSU football.

The first test was on Third Street downtown. By dedicating the curb lane to buses, bikes and scooters, COTA saw a 25 percent time savings and closed their time range to travel the corridor from 3-24 minutes to 2-10 minutes.

“With a million people coming to our region in the coming decades, now is the time to rethink how our roads and transportation system work to give our residents convenient, affordable choices,” said Columbus City Council President Shannon Hardin. “We know from other cities that dedicated lanes make a transit system more efficient and effective.”

Learn more at columbus.gov/council/mobility-innovation.

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VIDEO: “Bumbling criminals” break into Gahanna security store

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A local security system shop is recovering after thieves made off with several hundred dollars worth of merchandise over the weekend, but not without some blundering.

According to NBC4i, two men backed a white pickup truck through the rear door of Southwest Automated Security located on Claycraft Road in Gahanna around 3am Sunday. The impact of the truck hitting the garage door, and the forklift parked just inside, sent dust and debris flying through the warehouse, which can be seen on the surveillance video.

The men can be seen exiting the vehicle and making their way through the warehouse, one tripping and almost falling into a pile of boxes.

“The video is kind of comical,” branch manager Ryan Hanna told NBC4i. “It does stink we got broke into, but these guys, just the way they did it, they were just bumbling criminals.”

After aimlessly running through the front of the store, the thieves were caught on camera grabbing boxes from the warehouse. It's estimated they stole anywhere from $500- $1,200 worth of merchandise.

So far, police have not made any arrests.

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