Denmark Theatre

4601 Lorain Avenue,
Cleveland, OH 44102

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rivest266
rivest266 on January 19, 2014 at 7:31 am

Listed as Lorain 1923-1926 and 1935-1969 in the Plain dealer. Opened as the Denmark adult cinema 1970-1971 (remember the Plain Dealer had a ban on adult cinema ads during the 1970’s.)

chspringer
chspringer on July 10, 2009 at 5:13 pm

Thanks for the photos

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 15, 2008 at 12:48 pm

As Toby pointed out on Feb 4, 2006, this was also known as the Denmark Theater showing adult movies. Here is a 1976 ad.

chspringer
chspringer on March 2, 2006 at 12:48 pm

If anyone has photos of any of the theatres that were on Lorain Ave, I’d love to see them.

anomie666
anomie666 on February 16, 2006 at 11:40 am

Yes, you are right! I was thinking of the Variety Theater at West 117th and Lorain. I grew up right in that area (my childhood house was on Fortune Ave., a 5 minute walk from that location).

Toby
Toby on February 4, 2006 at 7:10 pm

The theatre that was taken over by “Freedom Academy” (anti-busing advocate Norbert Denerll’s former private school) as a performing arts school was the Variety, at West 117th and Lorain. The former Lorain Theatre, I think, became a porn house (the “Denmark Adult Theatre”) in the late 1960’s/early 1970’s. I do recall an adult theatre in that vicinity in the 1970’s, that closed by the late 1970’s after former mayor Ralph Perk was on his own “anti-pornography” crusade that eventually cost him the 1977 mayoral election. Afterward I think a secondhand furniture store occupied the former theatre.

anomie666
anomie666 on January 28, 2006 at 6:48 am

I believe the building was taken over by a local private high school who used it as classroom space. I remember seeing “Max Dugan Returns” there in the late 70s or early 80s. I think it was the first movie I ever saw at a theater!