Continental Art Theatre

13931 Euclid Avenue,
East Cleveland, OH 44112

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ChasSmith on March 11, 2016 at 2:40 am

jsomich on January 10, 2005 …..

The Continental was where manager Nico Jacobellis got in big trouble for showing the “dirty” movie, I Am Curious Yellow.

Thanks, that confirms something for me. I was living on Euclid near Eddy Rd. when I turned 21, and one of the first things I did was go down the street there to see “I Am Curious Yellow”. I’d bet this is also the place that ran “The Lickerish Quartet” around that time.

I think they also ran second-run mainstream films, as I recall seeing “The Birds” there.

CSWalczak on November 18, 2012 at 3:02 am

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.

Matthew Prigge
Matthew Prigge on November 17, 2012 at 11:57 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!

David DeCoteau
David DeCoteau on July 1, 2007 at 10:54 pm

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dave-bronx™ on September 6, 2005 at 5:56 am

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

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

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

scottfavareille on January 10, 2005 at 9:38 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.

jsomich on January 10, 2005 at 8:56 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.

dave-bronx™ on October 6, 2004 at 2:57 am

The Continental, along with the Heights and Westwood were part of a chain of “art” theatres with other theatres in Columbus. I think it was called Bexley Theatres.

rogers on October 6, 2004 at 2:07 am

Toby: A minor correction: The theatre opened as the “Windermere” and remained under that name until the early 1940s when the marquee was damaged by a truck, removed, and then replaced with a smaller version and the new name, “Wind-A-Meer.” When the Continental Art Theatre made its debut, I can remember the storm of controversy that erupted in East Cleveland over the scheduling of the Brigitte Bardot movie, “And God Created Woman.”