Screens at the Continent

6360 Busch Boulevard,
Columbus, OH 43329

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Loews Continent 9 Theatres closed on July 1, 1999. The Continent one of the first movie theaters in Columbus to offer more than two screens under one roof.

A pair of Atlanta movie-theater operators who grew up in Upper Arlington reopened Continent as an eight-screen cinema-restaurant called Cinema Grill at Continent 8 on April 7th 2004.

Cinema Grill at Continent 8 was not even open and plans were the works for a second location Cinema Grill at Consumer Square 14, that being a closed Regal Theatre.

After only 5 weeks the Cinema Grill at Continent closed on May 14, 2004. The Screens at the Continent as it is called now is operated by Realty Finance Management a subsidiary of Apollo Management LP

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canibfrankwithyou
canibfrankwithyou on September 18, 2011 at 5:41 pm

The projectors of four of the screens sat on elevated platforms in the lobby. The film projected thru a small port windows which crossed over a common hallway entrance to the auditoriums. There were pedestals by each projector which were designed to emmulate the control panel on the starship “Enterprise”. They were just for show and served no usable function. The pictures were projected onto painted drywall. The sound system and speakers were usually consumer speakers mounted on the walls below the image.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on September 18, 2011 at 6:01 pm

You are writing this in the past tense. Is the theatre no longer open?

Mark_L
Mark_L on September 21, 2011 at 12:07 pm

Ron, Screens at the Continent is still open.

At least the original 4 rooms did have center channel speakers behind the screen. If you drive behind the theatre, you can see the speaker boxes sticking out of the back wall.

The second theatre from the right was equipped for 3-D and magnetic sound. The third theatre from the right had 35mm magnetic sound and was later equipped for 70mm.

fred1
fred1 on September 21, 2011 at 12:30 pm

Here are the screen counts for each theater Screen 1 Can Seat up to 238, Enjoy the Digital Sound Screen 2 Can Seat up to 252, Enjoy the Digital Sound Screen 3 Can Seat up to 406, Enjoy the DTS Sound Screen 4 Can Seat up to 154, Enjoy the Digital Sound Screen 5 Can Seat up to 154, Enjoy the Digital Sound Screen 6 Can Seat up to 64, Enjoy the Digital Sound Screen 7 Can Seat up to 165, Enjoy the Digital Sound Screen 8 Can Seat up to 187, Enjoy the DTS Sound

Nicholas Herum
Nicholas Herum on April 2, 2012 at 8:45 am

I stopped by recently to look around. Many of the posters are actually taped together pieces of copy paper and most of the neon is burnt out. The box office is filled with trash up to counter and there is still a decorated Christmas tree up in the concession stand.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on April 2, 2012 at 8:54 am

Does this mean the theatre is closed and abandoned?

fred1
fred1 on April 2, 2012 at 9:28 am

Its a discount house with tickets ranges from$1.00 to 2.00. They may hardly have no money for maitenance.

Mark_L
Mark_L on April 2, 2012 at 12:27 pm

Ron N., according to their website they are running current sub-run releases. (4/2/2012)

I was at this theatre some time ago on a Saturday evening and it was absolutely empty except for the special event I was attending. I’m really surprised that it stays open.

cvolosin
cvolosin on April 27, 2012 at 9:28 am

the only reason it probably stays open is it is owned and operated by the management company leasing the property.. Probably an effort to make enough to pay the property taxes on the land. I am supprised that anyone re-opened that theater after 11 years being closed anyway.. It was definatly unique with the elevated booth and view of projection from the lobby, but at best it has always been a lackluster operation.

Mark_L
Mark_L on July 21, 2013 at 2:40 pm

Theatre website indicates that 4 of the 8 screens now have digital projection.

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