Arena Grand

175 Nationwide Boulevard,
Columbus, OH 43215

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Opened in 2001 as an eight-plex, three additional screens were added in 2007. It was managed by Drexel Theatres until 2008 and is now operated by Columbus Hospitality Management. The theater has a bar and restaurant, and features reserved balcony seating in some of the screening rooms.

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Mark_L
Mark_L on July 16, 2010 at 4:37 am

It was originally called a “screening room”. I believe it has very plush seats like the 2 reserved seating sections. I looked around it once, but I’ve never seen a movie in it.

The Gateway has a room of about the same size.

Nicholas Herum
Nicholas Herum on May 24, 2013 at 3:27 am

Theater is closing on May 27th, 2013 and will reopen as a Studio Movie Grill in late summer.

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Mark_L
Mark_L on May 24, 2013 at 4:11 am

This could do very well in the Arena district. There are many hotels in this area and many business people in town for conventions or other business might be interested in a nice dinner and movie within walking distance. I could also see using some of the smaller rooms for client presentations, followed by a meal or a movie. Food and beverage quality will be key to the success of this new venture.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on May 24, 2013 at 4:39 am

Same number of screens?

Mark_L
Mark_L on May 28, 2013 at 1:33 pm

According to Columbus Business First, Cinema Movie Grill is keeping 11 screens but decreasing the seating from 2,000 to 1,200. They are spending $3.6 million on the renovation, which is expected to open in late August or September. They are installing a full commercial kitchen on the main floor, and plan on expanding the bar area on the second floor to include restaurant seating.

Mark_L
Mark_L on October 18, 2013 at 2:44 pm

According to the Columbus Dispatch, the re-opening has been delayed until December, 2013.

Mark_L
Mark_L on January 15, 2014 at 11:32 am

Reopened as SMG Arena Grand on 1/14/2014. All reserved seating. 11 screens, as before.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on January 15, 2014 at 11:39 am

What is ‘SMG’ ?

Mark_L
Mark_L on January 15, 2014 at 1:10 pm

Studio Movie Grill…can’t tell yet if official name is SMG Arena Grand or Studio Movie Grill Arena Grand. A picture of the signage outside the theatre shows SMG Arena Grand as does a sign on the main entrance.

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