Tickets for the “Columbus” movie showings beginning Sept. 1 at YES Cinema will go on sale at noon Monday.

It will be the local premiere for the movie, said Randy Allman of the nonprofit, downtown theater.

The film, shot mostly in downtown Columbus in a three-week period last summer, will premiere nationally Aug. 4 in New York and Los Angeles.

It has already debuted at several film festivals, including the Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for four others around the globe. The film won best feature film at the Valletta Film Festival in Malta and Haley Lu Richardson, who stars in the movie, earned the award for best actress at that festival.

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Allman said current, preliminary plans for the local premiere call for the film’s director, who goes by the name of Kogonada, to attend the first local showing in Columbus.

He also said the movie would play simultaneously in both YES theaters for at least the first week, and in heavier-than-normal showings at one of the YES theaters for about a month.

The movie focuses on a 19-year-old Columbus resident (played by Haley Lu Richardson) trying to decide whether to leave home and pursue her dreams as she cares for her mother, a recovering addict. She strikes up a friendship with a 29-year-old man (John Cho) visiting the city from Korea to be with his suddenly dying architect father — a man who came to town on a getaway to study the city’s internationally noted buildings, as the script goes.

The two characters find respite in each other and in the Modernist architecture surrounding them, according to the movie’s promotional material.

The recently released trailer generated considerable local attention on social media. Plus, online reviews at such well-known sites as have praised everything from the film’s cinematography to the movie’s script.

If you go

What: “Columbus” movie tickets on sale at noon Monday

Where: YES Cinema, 328 Jackson St., Columbus

When: Tickets are available for the opening week showings Sept. 1 through 7

How much: $4 for all ages for matinees before 6 p.m. with evening admission of $6 for adults and $4 for children ages 12 and under. There is a $1 per ticket processing fee for online purchases.

For more information

YES Cinema  — Cinema with a Cause — is owned and operated by the Lincoln-Central Neighborhood Family Center and is located at the corner of Fourth and Jackson Streets in downtown campus.

For more information, call 812-378-0377 or visit

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Brian Blair is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at or 812-379-5672.