Westwood Theatre of the Arts

1602 W. Sylvania Avenue,
Toledo, OH 43612

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Westwood Art Theater in the 80s

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I spent far too many nights in this theatre. The outside isn’t much to look at but the lobby and auditorium were wonderful. It was built originally in 1926, and is a ‘sister’ theatre to the Eastwood Theatre (now a church). The outside of the Westwood Theatre was remodeled sometime in the 1960’s.

Screening adult movies for 30 years, it closed in May 2011, but reopened as the Westwood Theatre of the Arts in 2013.

Contributed by Daniel Mauk

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EvanJChase
EvanJChase on May 25, 2010 at 10:04 pm

Truly the last historic theatre still operating in Toledo, the Westwood has very nice original decor from the 1920s, but in very rough condition—but certainly worth restoring.

The two large organ chambers await another theatre pipe organ to bring a soul to the restored theatre hopefully someday!

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on December 1, 2010 at 5:35 pm

back in the 60’s it ran some great films according to the old ads i spotted.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on April 5, 2012 at 3:22 pm

Is the theater closed? Any interior photos available?

andmsmi
andmsmi on May 27, 2012 at 9:30 pm

For many years until probably the mid 50’s the Westwood was operated by the East Side Amusement Company. The East Side Amusement Company was owned by Martin G. Smith and James Beidler, Sr. The Westwood gained notoriety in the early 50’s when Mr. Smith intentionally showed a benign film without first submitting it to the State of Ohio for approval. The law requiring submission was found to be in violation of constitutional guarntee of free speech (108 N.E. 2d 582, 63 Ohio Law Abs. 452,48 O.O. 310). Mr. Smith was the President of the Ohio Association of Independent Theater Owners for a long period of time.

Matthew Prigge
Matthew Prigge on November 18, 2012 at 3:29 pm

If anyone has any stories about going to/ working at this threatre in its adult days, I would love to hear them. I am chronicling the histories of adult theatres in the US. Please contact me at Thanks!

Matthew Prigge
Matthew Prigge on November 18, 2012 at 3:33 pm

Article on the theatre’s closing in 2011. http://tinyurl.com/3jsao6s

Matthew Prigge
Matthew Prigge on November 18, 2012 at 3:55 pm

Actually, upon further inspection, it seems the place has reopened as an adult theatre/ arcade. And it looks pretty nice to boot – http://dremiliolizardo.blogspot.com/2012/11/house-call-good-doctor-westwood-theatre.html

Roger Katz
Roger Katz on February 14, 2014 at 9:14 am

Now called Westwood Theatre of the Arts.

http://www.westwoodtheatreofthearts.com

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