Continental Art Theatre

13931 Euclid Avenue,
East Cleveland, OH 44112

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This theatre opened in the 1920’s as the Wind-A-Meer, a neighborhood theatre, and was renamed the Continental Art Theatre in the late 1950’s. The Continental was a sister theatre to the Heights Art Theatre in Cleveland Heights and the Westwood Art Theatre in Lakewood.

Like the Heights and Westwood, the Continental had shown art/foreign films; then porn. In its final years, the Continental had shown black-oriented action films before closing for good around 1974. The theatre was torn down afterwards — a Wendy’s is on the site now.

Contributed by Toby Radloff

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jsomich on January 10, 2005 at 12:56 pm

The Continental was where manager Nico Jacobellis got in big trouble for showing the “dirty” movie, I Am Curious Yellow. Actually a very tame foreign pseudo-documentary in b&w.

scottfavareille on January 10, 2005 at 1:38 pm

Jacobellis was also the theater manager when the Louis Malle film Les Amants(The Lovers) got seized by authorities for obscenity. The case wound up going all the way to the US Supreme Court.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on January 10, 2005 at 2:08 pm

The Bexley and World theatres in Columbus were part of a chain called ‘Art Theater Guild’.

dave-bronx™ on September 5, 2005 at 9:56 pm

Yes, that’s it, Art Theatre Guild – I forgot, it was a long time ago…

decoteau on July 1, 2007 at 2:54 pm

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Matthew Prigge
Matthew Prigge on November 17, 2012 at 3:57 pm

If anyone has any stories about going to/ working at this threatre in its adult days, I would love to hear them. I am chronicling the histories of adult theatres in the US. Please contact me at Thanks!

CSWalczak on November 17, 2012 at 7:02 pm

The theater’s original name was the Windermere, not Wind-A-Mere, corresponding to its location near the corner of Windermere Street and Euclid Avenue, and perhaps meant to evoke someone’s memory of the Lake Windermere area in England. The name survives as the location of a transit station in East Cleveland.

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