German Village Gazette

Green Lawn Abbey Preservation Association

Abbey picks '40s flick for next screening


The Green Lawn Abbey Preservation Association has a developed a fondness for the silver screen. For the second time this year, the group will hold an outdoor movie at the South Side mausoleum.

The Strange Love of Martha Ivers, a 1946 film featuring Barbara Stanwyck, Van Heflin, Lizabeth Scott and Kirk Douglas, will be shown at 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16, at the abbey, 700 Greenlawn Ave.

Admission is $5. Patrons are encouraged to bring blankets or chairs. Popcorn, snacks and beverages will be available.

Janice Loebbaka, president of the preservation association, said all proceeds raised will benefit the abbey, built in 1927.

The outdoor movies, which are growing in popularity throughout central Ohio, are a great way to introduce people to the historic property, which is in the midst of a long-term renovation project.

"We thought this would bring new people to the abbey," Loebbaka said. "We want to do vintage movies up to the 1940s, because those were the golden years for the abbey."

Green Lawn Abbey and Holy Name Catholic Church teamed up in June to bring The King of Kings, the 1927 silent movie classic, to the abbey. The church's musical director and organist, Shawn Kenney, played the entire score of the movie.

Loebbaka said abbey officials are following the lead of Hollywood Forever Cemetery movie nights, which attract thousands of spectators from April through September.

So the group bought a 144-inch projector screen for $400 with the intent of showing more outdoor movies.

In fact, the abbey once again will join with Holy Name in showing Phantom of the Opera Sept. 13.

"We wanted to do something we could do more regularly and something that could bring to a growing audience," Loebbaka said.

In addition, the abbey will present two annual events in October: Spirits and Spells, a tribute to the late Columbus magician Howard Thurston; and Tales from the Crypt, a night of historical re-enactments.