Euclid Beach Park Avenue Theater
15600 Lakeshore Boulevard,
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The Avenue Theater was located in the fondly-remembered Euclid Beach amusement park which closed in 1969. A number of sources, including the book “Euclid Beach Park is Closed for the Season” indicate that the theater, a wood-frame structure, was used to show motion pictures (as well as for other theatrical purposes) in the 1930’s and possibly before. It is not clear what kind of motion pictures were shown, but given the fact that the park was a seasonal operation, my guess would be short features.
In the 1950’s, when I was growing up in Cleveland and going to the park regularly, the building’s sides had been removed and was used as a pavilion to house a large ‘Whip’ ride (called, as I recall, the ‘Dippy Whip’). In the years immediately prior to the park’s closure, some smaller rides were housed in the structure.
However, what I and so many other Clevelanders of my age group can recall, was the large painting of a woman riding a horse that dominated the west end of the building which was clearly covering the proscenium opening; it almost looked like someone had painted the image on a movie screen. The rear of the buiding was clearly a former stagehouse.
Early in the park’s history, another building called the Hippodrome, reportedly also showed movies.
Any information about motion picture operations at Euclid Beach would be appreciated.
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