Screens at the Continent

6360 Busch Boulevard,
Columbus, OH 43329

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Previously operated by: Cinema Grill Systems Circuit of Georgia, Loews

Previous Names: Continent Cinemas, Cinema Grill at The Continent 8, Loews Continent 9 Theatres

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Screens at the Continent

The 4-screens Continent Cinemas opened on December 19, 1975. It was operated by Mid-States Theatres. By 1991 it had been expanded to 9-screens and was operated by Loews. Loew’s 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 later called now was operated by Realty Finance Management a subsidiary of Apollo Management LP. It was closed in late October-2021.

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Recent comments (view all 31 comments)

Mark_L on April 2, 2012 at 2:27 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 on April 27, 2012 at 11:28 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 on July 21, 2013 at 4:40 pm

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

buckohio1165 on May 15, 2015 at 9:09 am

The CONTINENT was where I saw RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK I think. They gave away a special small magazine like thing.

Trolleyguy on April 18, 2016 at 10:49 am

Currently screening a mix of second run and Bollywood films.

pgoutam on April 18, 2016 at 9:42 pm

Screens at the continent ownership changed on July 2015, and done lot of minor upgrades still plenty of things to do

rivest266 on November 13, 2021 at 5:37 pm

The Continent Cinemas was opened by mid-states theatres on December 19th, 1975, with four screens. Grand opening ad posted.!AtCJz7ew6OKI3B-2kvJqaattpsqq?e=RP7jnF

rivest266 on January 1, 2022 at 10:47 am

Closed: Website is not working and showtimes are not seen anywhere and its facebook page is wiped clean.

SgtBarone on July 16, 2022 at 8:15 pm

Screens at the Continent permanently closed in late 2021.

Timothy L Mayer
Timothy L Mayer on June 18, 2023 at 9:41 am

Drove by a few weeks ago. Doesn’t appear to be open. A shame. I saw ET there in the early 80’s.

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