Like many of the monsters featured on the old movies he hosted on late-night television, Fritz the Nite Owl has arisen once again.

Like many of the monsters featured on the old movies he hosted on late-night television, Fritz the Nite Owl has arisen once again.

A second season of the resurrection of Nite Owl Theatre will relocate from the Grandview Theater to Studio 35, debuting on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 27 and 28.

The film on Friday is 1968's "Spider Baby, or the Maddest Story Ever Told" starring Lon Chaney Jr., Carol Ohmart and Sid Haig. On tap for Saturday is Steve Reeves in the 1958 Italian version of "Hercules."

Show times are 11:30 both nights. Admission is $5.

Studio 35 is at 3055 Indianola Ave.

Fritz the Nite Owl, whose real name is Frederick C. Peerenboom, is scheduled to make appearances both evenings, and the showings will include his practically trademarked acerbic comments about the action on the screen from his years.

Peerenboom, 77, of the Upper Arlington area hosted "Nite Owl Theatre" on WBNS10TVfor nearly 23 years, beginning in 1971. He's been making a comeback of sorts of late, with not only a new Nite Owl Theatre but also as the grand marshal for this year's Northland Community Independence Day Parade.

Local film director Mike McGraner, in association with the Backlot, RAVE and Never the Luck Productions, brought back Nite Owl Theatre as an online and weekend show in October 2010, with Peerenboom serving as a late-night movie host on fictional WNTL Channel Z.

Peerenboom, glad to have his character of 54 or so years back in action, said he leaves most of the details to producer-director McGraner.

"I'm sort of like Dean Martin," Peerenboom quipped. "I show up and do my thing, and don't expect me to bring much or clean up afterwards."

Moving the show to Studio 35, with its midnight movies and penchant for showing offbeat films, was a natural, according to McGraner. "Fritz used to go there all the time when it was the Indianola (theater)," he said. "It's just sort of central to him."

The movie house is also closer to the home of morning radio personality Dino Tripodis, whose film-producing company is Never the Luck Productions.

"Clintonville is more of a central spot for the Nite Owl," McGraner said.

"It's a totally welcome addition," Studio 35 owner Eric Brembeck said. "We're really excited about it, actually."

Brembeck, 42, who grew up in Galena and went to school in Sunbury, said that he can recalled "staying up to watch cool stuff" on television, most notably Fritz the Nite Owl, whose character was named after a late-night streetcar in downtown Columbus. "I can't say enough about how lucky we are to be able to be a part of this," Brembeck added.

These likely will be the only two Nite Owl Theatre showings until May because Studio 35 will undergo some renovations in the meantime, the owner said.

The Friday movie, "Spider Baby," fits in with what most people expect from Nite Owl Theatre, particularly with horror movie icon Lon Chaney Jr. in the starring role, McGraner said, but the switch to the dubbed Italian tale of the mythological strongman is intended to "show that we can do any kind of film."

"The crowds have been phenomenal, and the movies are fun," Peerenboom said. "I thoroughly enjoy it. I'm just glad some people still remember what it was like to watch television in the early 1970s and to want to take a trip down memory lane."

The Facebook page for the new Nite Owl Theatre states that Fritz "takes you back to a time when late-night television was more than just infomercials."