Shaw-Hayden Theatre

1381 Hayden Avenue,
Cleveland, OH 44112

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Shaw-Hayden Theatre

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The Shaw-Hayden Theatre was opened on October 25, 1919 with 1,200 seats. It was a popular neighborhood theatre that survived into the late-1960’s. It’s interior was rather non-descript, having been remodeled a number of times, including one in the late-1950’s that modernized the lobby with a white wood, sort of knotty pine decor. The installation of a screen for CinemaScope removed almost all decoration around the proscenium.

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Dan1512 on June 24, 2007 at 2:27 pm

Remeber going to the Saturday afternoon movies. All the kids had a membership card. A three diget number could get you the grand prize at a drawing. Single number could get free candy or even admission. I got a free admission once and did’t tell my mother. Used the extra money for more snacks. Remeber a candy store or something like that next to the theater. We bought popcorn there and was allowed to take it into the movie.

shamrock on December 4, 2007 at 5:47 am

I rememebr seeing Mary Poppins there in the early 1960’s. The store next door was called Mary’s Sweet Shop. I remember buying my refreshments there.

CSWalczak on April 7, 2009 at 11:20 pm

Two pictures of the Shaw-Hayden:
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kencmcintyre on February 18, 2010 at 6:11 pm

Here is an ad for some horror movies circa 1965:

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 26, 2011 at 4:09 am

The November 15, 1919, issue of trade journal Motion Picture News had this item in its section on Cleveland:

:“The Shaw-Hayden, also a 1200 seat photoplay house opened its doors to the public for the first time October 25. The Shaw-Hayden is the biggest neighborhood theatre to be built on the East Side. Nothing has been spared to make it complete both in structure, equipment, decorations or program. J. J. Mellert, who also runs the Fulton theatre, Cleveland, is manager of the new Shaw-Hayden.”

Bob44c on July 21, 2013 at 10:01 pm

The news today on national news tells of a serial killer who had several bodies right around the corner from the old Shaw-Hayden. I knew that area well though I grew up in South Euclid. Just across the street and closer to Shaw there was a restaurant named Nelsons where my parents had their wedding reception when they were married on June 27, 1936. Driving to my grandparents home on Paxton in Cleveland, many times we would see the Shaw-Hayden. In addition on Hayden I remember Susex Fish and Chips which was a little further north on Hayden. Although I don’t remember seeing a movie at the Shaw-Hayden though I may have when I was really young, I wonder if there were any pictures of the inside of that famed theater? I know one thing is for certain and that is that they “didn’t build them like they use to” which was the case for Shaw-Hayden.

Yo on July 16, 2014 at 8:37 am

Enjoyed this comment: My husband was a projectionist at the Shaw-Hayden and I would walk from the corner where our apartment was to go see movies on the nights he worked (probably free).I remember going to a “Nelson’s” restaurant but didn’t know it was there. No one I know remembers it. Also, yes Sussex fish was a favorite too but do not remember it being in the Shaw/Hayden neighborhood. I know it is now on Euclid Ave. Shaw/Hayden was another one of those great middle class neighborhoods; There was Shaw High School and Shaw Stadium.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 16, 2014 at 10:49 am

Here is a bit more in formation about the Shaw-Hayden Theatre, from the “Contracts Awarded” column of the August 9, 1919, issue of The American Contractor:

“M. P. Theater & 4 Stores & Lodge Room: $100,000. 3 sty. 110x114. Hayden av. nr. Shaw av., East Cleveland, O. Archt. W. S. Ferguson, 1900 Euclid bldg., Cleveland. Owner Shaw Hayden Amusement Co., J. F. Bruce, pres., 315 Ardenall av., East Cleveland. Gen. Contr. J. E. Chrustlan Co., 1307 St. Clair av., Cleveland. Mas. & carp, by gen. contr. Htg. let to Martin Elec. Co., Illuminating bldg., Cleveland. 1st sty. mas.”
Architect William Stanley Ferguson designed at least three other theaters in the Cleveland area.

smorchak on November 11, 2014 at 6:20 pm

My family lived on Hartford Road off Hayden and we use to walk to the Shaw-Hayden. I remember there were 2 large masks on both walls in the theatre of comedy & tragedy. They were backlit with purple lights.Great memories!

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