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buckguy commented about Richmond Town Square Stadium 20 on Dec 9, 2009 at 2:14 pm

This opened with the mall in 1966 as Loew’s East. It was attached to a mall entrance shared with a Kroger super market. I believe it either had one or three screens when it opened.

buckguy commented about Loew's Stillman Theatre on Dec 9, 2009 at 2:02 pm

@Archie: The department stores did not close “year by year”. Taylor’s closed in ‘61. Bailey relocated to the old Bing Furniture store and lasted until '66. Sterling’s lasted until '68. Halle’s 'til the end of '81, and so forth.

buckguy commented about Hippodrome Theatre on Dec 9, 2009 at 1:59 pm

I last visited the Hipp as a teenager in ‘70 or '71. Rumors of its closing circulated for years, so it was almost a surprise when it finally happened. The place was a dump in its closing days, but the huge screen and the size of the (closed) balconies were evident. the seats functional but very old and the clientele had become fairly marginal. In its last years, it played mostly drive-in type fare and blaxploitation films.

As for the location, the Euclid/Prospect split was the most profound. The Playhouse Square theatres were surrounded by upscale retail like Halle’s, Bonwit-Teller, Sterling Linder, Peck & Peck, Milgrim, etc. there were a few theatres on E 9th, which was a marginal area until the Erieview urban renewal program of the 1960s. There was at least one near Public Square, which i believe became retail. I think it was an S&H Green Stamp redemption center for most of the 60s. Near the Hipp were the upscale Taylor department store (converted to offices in 1962) and a lot of midrange retail like Bond’s, Richman Bros, Burrows (blooks & stationary), along with the Euclid, Colonial, & Taylor arcades which had service oriented businesses. prospect was always low end retail including pawn shops, credit jewelers, furniture stores (Bing’s, later used as the downscale Bailey’s department store), Kay’s huge used book store (the stock was sold to Powell’s in Portland), army-navy stores, the famous Record Rendevous, etc. The Hipp marquee on Prospect was gone by the late 60s, although I believe there was an entrance to the office building.

The Carter was probably adjacent to the Carter Hotel (later Pick-Carter) which was converted to senior housing in the 1970s, and I think is still known as Carter Manor. The Carter was a respectable hotel but not in the same class as the Sheraton-Cleveland on Public Square or the Statler Hilton, further down Euclid near halle’s.

buckguy commented about LaSalle Theatre on Dec 8, 2009 at 8:52 pm

The theatre was second run house for many years and had a fairly long run as a $1 third run house in the 1970s.

buckguy commented about Commodore Theatre on Dec 8, 2009 at 8:50 pm

It’s last days as a theatre were sad, with few patrons. I recall seeing grade-Z horror films (from a different decade) not long before it became a roller rink and, yes, it was small for a roller rink.

buckguy commented about Shoregate Cinema on Dec 8, 2009 at 8:46 pm

The Shoregate Cinema has plenty of competition, but all of it consisted of older theatres: the first run Lake, and second run Shore in Euclid and the Vine in Willoughby, initially. Still, people would occasionally go to the Richmond, Mayland, Richmond Mall, Center-Mayfield, and LaSalle, among others to see films. The coming of bigger cineplexes like the one at Great Lakes Mall, the second generation Lake, the expanded Loew’s Richmond mall, etc. created new competition, along with the dollar houses like the LaSalle.

buckguy commented about Shoregate Cinema on Dec 8, 2009 at 8:43 pm

The shopping center was already there when the theatre was built. The theatre was part of an expansion that included Uncle Bill’s (later Cook’s/Hill’s), Kurtz Furniture, and a strip of small stores constructed in front of an existing bowling alley. I’ve never gotten confirmation of the “never had potential” story. The theatre did well in its early years—-I grew-up within walking distance. Shoregate and Parmatown were both owned by Forest City. General Cinema opened its first Cleveland area theatre at Southgate around 1964—it was the first twin theatre (other than a drive-in).

buckguy commented about Madstone Centrum on Dec 8, 2009 at 8:35 pm

This originally was the Heights theatre and ran as the “Heights Art Theatre” showing foreign films and independent films during the 50s-70s. They co-booked with the Westwood Arts Theatre in Lakewood and, for awhile with the Continental theatre in East Cleveland. They also did midnight movies and showed porn during the day and at midnight. I recall seeing films as diverse as “King of Hearts” and “Behind the Green Door” there. Mitchell’s Candies, which was next door, still operated a a couple blocks down from the Cedar-Lee.

buckguy commented about Vine Theatre on Dec 8, 2009 at 8:30 pm

The Vine occupied an odd niche. It did not routinely get first run films, but it often got blockbusters after they had run in downtown Cleveland such as Dr Zhivago, The Great Escape, etc. They did not get films before the Lake, etc., nor did they routinely do double features. The Shore was the one theatre in this general area that did double bills and except for cheap horror films, they abandoned that by the late 60s.

It was a very plain theatre. It closed and was converted to a Kingdom Hall in the late 70s.

buckguy commented about Center Mayfield Theatre on Dec 8, 2009 at 8:21 pm

The Center Mayfield was a first run theatre for most of its life and started showing lower priced second run films during the mid 1970s. It was unrelated to the Cedar-Lee, which was an art house by the early 70s.

buckguy commented about Lakeshore 7 Cinemas on Dec 8, 2009 at 8:17 pm

This was originally “the Lake”. It was part of the late 40s/early 50s development of retail along Lake Shore Blvd and probably dates from 1949-1951. It was part of the Associated Theatres chain. They sold it in the early 70s as they switched to multiplexes like the one at Great Lake Mall that they owned. It was always a first run theatre during its Associated ownership and was the nicer of the two theatres in the area. It briefly functioned as a $2 second-run theatre before closing and its later renovation.