Shaw-Hayden Theatre

1381 Hayden Avenue,
Cleveland, OH 44112

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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.

Contributed by Chris Walczak

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 30, 2005 at 4:39 pm

A Wurlitzer organ, Opus 1739 was installed in the Shaw-Hayden theater on September 23, 1927.

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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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 5, 2009 at 12:24 pm

The Shaw-Hayden Theater is listed in 1955 with 1,000 seats.

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.

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