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Roger, that’s too bad, but I’m not surprised. I do remember some of the theaters from ads in 60’s newpapers.
Yes, cant wait to see the pictures! Many of the theaters, I’ve never heard of. Sad. I know there was a book published on the Playhouse Square theaters decades ago. Too bad no one bothered on the rest of them….
Thanks, Patrick. Am glad you are aware of the issues involved.
Why Am I not getting e-mail notifications to my posts? I’ve written you about this, but I never got a reply from you.
Does anyone know if the lobby of the Palace was bigger in the past than it is now? I’ve heard that the small shops in front of the theater used to be part of a bigger lobby, but I’ve never been able to verify this.
How big was the Standard? Any idea? Medium size? Was there a balcony?
Jim, did the Stillman have full stage facilities? Was the theater significantly altered for 70mm?
Would’ve liked to have seen what this theater looked like, but it was long gone before I came here. It sounds much bigger than the Palace across the street.
The Ohio in Columbus is much more lavish and bigger than the Cleveland Ohio. And the Cleveland Palace is likewise in relation to the Columbus Palace.
LOL! How original.
I seem to remember they partitioned the Allen and were using the auditorium for a laser show or something for awhile. The restaurant was up front. Cant remember the name of either of them. I dont think they lasted long.
Wasnt there a restaurant in the Allen rotunda for awhile? I think I ate there once.
Did it ever show Hollywood movies, or was it created strictly for Porn?
There werent any (or few) mall theaters around yet in Cleveland when the Stillman closed (1963 or so?), so I’m wondering why Loew’s threw in the towel so early. The other theaters held out till the late 60’s. I’m sure Lawrence was a big moneymaker. Guess we’ll never know exactly why. Yes, it wasnt near the other 4, but the Hipp lasted a lot longer and was a lot bigger. Maybe there were real estate forces at work here behind the scenes.
I have fond memories of this theater. Being in a college town, it was the only theater close enough to me that ever showed foreign films. I went there a lot in the summer and when I was home for college breaks. I pass it every time I drive up to see my family.
Speaking of Cleveland theaters, does anyone know what happened to the Old Mayfield theater in Little Italy? I cant find a listing for it here.
LOL! What was the architecture like? Did anyone notice? :)
Yes, I couldnt believe they said it didnt have A/C. They didnt make clear weather it never had A/C or they just werent using any at the time-70’s)
Anyone know what architectural style it was? Were the Granada and the Park identical? For some reason I cant remember the Park, though I do remember the Granada (ads at least. Was never in either theater).
Thanks for refreshing my memory. I couldnt remember the balcony for some reason (obviously, I didnt sit in it!) That’s too bad about the neighborhood deteriorating, it was such a nice place. I cant imagine five screens in that place, it wasnt a big theater to begin with. Progress. :(
I remember reading an article about the Hipp in its last days and it saying that it had NO air conditioning! They ran huge fans or a fan in the ceiling. Is this true? It must have been very noisy in the summer. At that time it was running blackploitation films.
That’s odd. The Palace was never a Loew’s theater. The Loew’s State and Ohio were next door.
This should really be listed as the Colony theater, which was its name when it was a single theater for many years. In its prime, it was a roadshow theater. I know My Fair Lady played there, along with many other reserved ticket movies. I was there once to see Goodbye, Mr. Chips in the late 60’s. One of the last reserved seat engagements it had. I dont remember much about the theater, but it was nice. I’d hate to think what it looks like now all divided up! Does anything of its former glory days remain? Anyone know the original seating capacity? I dont remember it having a balcony.
Am glad finally someone posted something on this theater. I remember walking past what used to be the theater in the 70’s when I worked in downtown Cleveland and you could recognize the theater lobby, which was being used as the ramp to the parking garage. I remember it being announced it was closing after the roadshow engagement of Lawrence of Arabia. Does anyone know why it closed? It must have made money with that movie!
That’s for sure. A huge university, and not one theater in the district. There are plans for the Drexel group to open a multiplex in the Gateway project on south campus soon. I hope they make it.