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CSWalczak commented about Shore Theatre on Aug 29, 2005 at 5:33 pm

I lived in in Cleveland when the Shore was demolished, and I am rather certain the Shore was not demolished to allow for the expansion of of the Lake Theater (now the Lakeshore 7). The Lake and the Shore were not really next to each other. Several years intervened between the demolition of the Shore and the expansion of the Lake. They both fronted on Lakeshore Boulevard but were separated by a number of stores. The site of the Shore is now occupied by a bank and by an entrance to the parking area behind the stores and the parking behind the Lakeshore 7; previously, the only entrance to the parking was off the road that ran behind both theaters.

The Lake was first triplexed by building two smaller cinemas left and right within the original
auditorium, with the center doors leading into what remained of that auditorium; its big screen is intact. Later, four cinemas were built alongside the original theater building in the early 1990’s, with an entrance hall (I just can’t call it a lobby) leading in from the back parking lot. The expansion was accomplished by capturing an alleyway and demolishing one or two of the stores that stood between the original Lake and the Shore.

The lobby of the Lakeshore 7 is essentially the original Lake lobby which has some Art Deco touches remaining though the lavender and maroon paint job is certainly not original.

CSWalczak commented about Hippodrome, Cleveland, 1930's on Jul 27, 2005 at 8:40 am

There may very well have been. I recall quite clearly that there was a large stairway leading down in the outer lobby (before one entered the theatre) on the Euclid Avenue side which was the grander entrance.

If memory serves, it was marble faced, with brass railings. There were signs above. I can’t recall what they said, but there were
certainly some shops down there. It’s possible that shops might have replaced the bowling alley.

Chris Walczak

CSWalczak commented about "Question on Strand Theaters" on Jun 14, 2005 at 8:56 pm

I found both of these comments interesting, but as a former English teacher I think Bryan M is possibly closer to the usage and derivation; the term strand appears frequently in English literature as an equivalent to “shore” or “beach"or "waterside” as in “He was walking on the strand”. Logically then, “Strand” (and there are many theaters called The Strand in Britain) could have been originally the rough equivalent of the Beach or Shore or Riverside theater and the meaning got lost when applied to theaters here in the US that copied British theater names as many Strand Theaters in the US that are nowhere near water.