Village Theater

27079 Chagrin Boulevard,
Woodmere, OH 44122

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Opened as an independent in around 1968, it was taken over by Loews around 1975 and renamed Loews Village Theater. This theater was located on the north side of Chagrin Boulevard at the western end of a strip mall located near the junction of Chagrin with I-271. It was of a simple, modern design. Its lobby was faux rustic in style; the auditorium was large, done in shades of brown and orange, with seats arranged in the “continental” style (i.e., no center aisle).

For about the first ten years of its life, this was a fairly prestigious first run house, in the era when Loews took over a number of former outlying neighborhood theaters in the greater Cleveland area suburbs. It was one of the few theaters that showed the Russian version of “War and Peace” on a two-part, reserved performance basis.

The theater closed in the late-1980’s or early-1990’s and may have been twined or otherwise multiplexed prior to closure. An Ethan Allen furniture store now occupies the structure.

Contributed by Christopher Walczak

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dave-bronx™
dave-bronx™ on January 22, 2006 at 7:06 am

The Village was built and operated by a local chain-lette run by Bert Lefkowitz called Community Circuit Theatres in about 1968 or 69. They also had the Richmond, Riverside, Berea, Showplace and Cedar-Lee. The Village was equipped with 70mm-mag stereo and was a roadshow house following the closure of the downtown theatres. I was there once (though I forget for what movie) and I recall it appeared to have about 800 seats. Loew’s bought out Community Circuit (except for the Cedar-Lee which Lefkowitz leased to Jonathan Forman) about 1975 in one of their erratic bursts of expansion and contraction in the Cleveland area.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on October 12, 2010 at 1:13 pm

Tisloews there isn’t enough room for you to list every Loews theatre as a Favorite.LOL.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on October 12, 2010 at 2:54 pm

I just did.I took all the AMC LOEWS off to make room.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on October 12, 2010 at 4:03 pm

Remember I was a Manager,whatever that means!

pfmf
pfmf on January 5, 2011 at 8:13 am

It was the cleanest, best run theater in town. Shelly Silverman was the Manager. As an Usher, then Doorman I spent my time cleaning bathrooms and taking customers to their seats. I seem to remember that there were 910 seats.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on January 10, 2011 at 6:23 am

Thanks for you comments pfmf.

Hibi
Hibi on February 22, 2012 at 12:17 pm

I remember Lion In Winter playing here as a roadshow attraction. Was that its first booking?

rlausche
rlausche on September 29, 2012 at 12:32 pm

Lion in Winter was first shown at the Village

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