Dreamland Theater

1930 Broadway,
Lorain, OH 44052

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This was a neighborhood theater on Broadway which now serves as a church.

Contributed by G H Jackson

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on March 15, 2005 at 5:33 pm

The aka names of this theater have me confused. The Lorain public library states the following, “As of March 28, 1944 Lorain has eight movie theaters in operation: Palace, Ohio, Tivoli, Dreamland, Lorain, Pearl, Grove and Elvira”. This theater has three of those eight names.

Anyway, the library mentions a fire at the Dreamland theater. “On August 18, 1947 the Dreamland Theater, 19th and Broadway, is destroyed by fire”. I don’t know what they mean by destroyed because,
“On April 7, 1948 The Dreamland Theater reopens after the fire”.

Here is the link to the library website:
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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on March 19, 2005 at 11:28 am

Details in the Film Daily Yearbook, 1950;

Ohio Theater, 547 Broadway. 712 seats.
Dreamland Theatre, 1930 Broadway. 800 seats
Lorain Theatre, 3020 Pearl Street. 725 seats

G H Jackson;

Can you check out the street number on the address of the current church use of the building and let us know please.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on March 19, 2005 at 12:03 pm

There is a Church at 1930 Broadway.

Iglesia Pentecostal Church
1930 Broadway
Lorain, OH 44052
Tel: (440) 245-2772

I think that these are three different theaters.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on March 19, 2005 at 12:19 pm

Thanks for clearing that up lostmemory;

I will tell the webmaster’s to change the name on this posting and add the other theatres

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on March 19, 2005 at 2:51 pm

Good work Ken. Thanks for adding the other Lorain theaters.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on March 20, 2005 at 2:40 am

The seating capacity for the old pre-fire Dreamland Theatre was 350 as stated in Film Daily Yearbook, 1941.

Hibi on April 22, 2005 at 11:08 am

I was in the Dreamland a few times as a kid. It was a subrun house not in a good area. It was later called the V-L (dont know what the initials ever meant) Cinema in the 60’s and played foreign/independent films for awhile then went the porn route. Not sure when it closed, probably in the 70’s.

hopewell on November 20, 2006 at 7:06 am

The Dreamland was my neighborhood theater; I lived a block and a half from it. In 1965, it was purchased by Vic-Lin Enterprises, refurbished, and re-opened as the V-L Cinema. For about a year, it showed English-language films from Monday to Saturday, and Spanish-language films, like the masked wrestler movies, on Sunday. In ‘67, it changed formats, showing porno movies from Monday to Saturday, and Spanish films on Sunday. In '84 or'85, the theater was closed, re-opening as a Hispanic Pentacostal church, which, as far as I know, it still is. FTR, the Dreamland did show first-run films at times.

hopewell on June 20, 2011 at 12:17 pm
 The posted photo dates from 1955, the year I was born. Except for the bike rack out front, the Dreamland was much the same when it closed in '65.
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