Screens at the Continent

6360 Busch Boulevard,
Columbus, OH 43329

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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.

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 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.

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.

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

Does this mean the theatre is closed and abandoned?

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.

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

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.

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?

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 November 15, 2010 at 6:53 am

The web site given above does not work. Should be http://www.screens8.net/ instead.
Same ugly page design as the newly reopened Cinema City 8 on the Far East Side. (thanks to Mark_L for noticing this)

Mark_L
Mark_L on August 18, 2009 at 3:38 pm

I must correct the above statement. DAMNATION ALLEY came out AFTER Star Wars was released. Apologies for my mistake.

Mark_L
Mark_L on August 18, 2009 at 2:27 pm

Back in the late 70’s and 80’s, there wasn’t even a glass wall for the booth area…4 of the projectors sat open in the lobby, where they picked up lots of dirt and smoke (smoking was legal in lobbies then). Those 4 rooms had some of the dirtiest prints imaginable. Also there was an open area between each pair of the original rooms, so bleed through from the next room was very bad….AND, the image was projected from the rear corner of the room, so the image was always somewhat out of focus.

In any event, this theatre played almost every available 70mm film, including Alien, The Rose, 2010, The Mission and many more. Remarkably, it did not play 70mm RETURN OF THE JEDI…no theatre in Columbus did.

It also played DAMNATION ALLEY in SOUND 360, which placed speakers on the side and back walls of the theatre. This was before the general release of STAR WARS and Dolby Stereo.

They always had the best movies and they always looked really bad. But, I saw a LOT of films there.

cvolosin
cvolosin on August 18, 2009 at 12:27 pm

CORRECTION…. screens8.net is the correct site, the other one will eventually link you there.

Chuck

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on August 17, 2009 at 10:54 pm

Is this theatre still open? The web site no longer exists.

cvolosin
cvolosin on August 15, 2009 at 8:05 am

I can remember how cool it was because the projection booth was visible from a platform in the lobby with a long glass wall. been decades since I have been there the last I remember was the early 90’s when it was all boarded up, and looking at a wrecking ball with the whole continent complex.

Not sure how anyone expected to re-open this as a 1st run location with all the over screening by AMC and CINEMARK in the area. Supprised it didn’t make it as an art house because the DREXEL is all the way on the east side!

If I make it back up to columbus in the next year I will have to stop by and check it out.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on October 19, 2008 at 11:17 am

This was called the Continent Cinemas in 1980, when it was part of the Mid States Theaters chain. At that time it had seven screens.

RichM
RichM on June 12, 2008 at 1:56 pm

Went to the continent in the early 90s and the Funny Bone, near where I worked at Ticketmonster for a while. Then continent fell into disrepair, but I guess somebody re opened, and trying to re establish the area. At one time, the sparkling side of the city.

Mark_L
Mark_L on July 25, 2007 at 3:16 pm

Moved to a new ownership in late June, 2007.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 12, 2006 at 2:47 pm

A Columbus business first website gives the eight screen theater a seat count of 3000.

December 6, 2002 by Brian R. Ball

Cinema Grill to take Continent theaters:

“When developer Ron Huff and his partners in Apollo Realty Finance first contemplated reviving the aging Continent nearly three years ago, he never planned to resuscitate its nine-screen movie theater amid an explosion of cinema complexes around Columbus.

“It was scheduled to be torn down before we discovered it was an asset to the property,” Huff said.

After considering other entertainment ideas, the developer has hired Atlanta-based Restaurant Entertainment Group to transform the 3,000-seat cineplex, which had operated under the Loews and Sony flags, into its Cinema Grill restaurant theater. It will include eight movie screens and seating capacity as low as 1,200 seats.

“This is a big deal,” Huff said.

Restaurant Entertainment started its first Cinema Grill 20 years ago in Orlando, Fla. Its portfolio of 15 Cinema Grills consists primarily of single-, double- and triple-screen theaters abandoned by the major moviehouses in favor of 18- to 30-screen theater centers.

Cinema Grill expects to begin renovating the 30,000-square-foot complex soon as it aims for a June debut.

“It’s a unique movie and dining experience,” says James T. Duffy, the company’s president. “It combines it all in one.”

The Cinema Grill will show first-run movies as well as art films. Tickets will cost about $1 or $1.50 less than other first-run theaters, he said, with matinee prices at about $3.50.

The company this year opened a seven-screen Cinema Grill in the Dallas area, one of three Cinema Grills to go beyond the two- or three-screen format.

“There are a lot of six- and eight-screen multiplexes that can still be viable,” said Duffy, a 1969 graduate of Ohio State University and 1965 grad of Upper Arlington High School. “That’s where our concept comes in.”

Not concessionaires
Cinema Grill includes an extensive menu of pizzas, hamburgers and toasted sandwiches as well as microbrewery beers and wines. It also has several desserts on its menu".

cinema1plus4
cinema1plus4 on August 11, 2006 at 7:34 am

Not sure why when I submitted this theatre Cinema Treasures marked it closed. The Screens at the Continent is OPEN and not CLOSED.

Toby
Toby on August 11, 2006 at 3:50 am

This theatre is still open for business. The website does list show times for this week.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on August 11, 2006 at 2:22 am

You have the status listed as ‘Closed’, but the official web site has showtimes. Is it open or not?

KingBiscuits
KingBiscuits on August 10, 2006 at 5:27 pm

Six weeks? That’s a short run for ANYTHING. (refering to the reopening)