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 (which became a church but reopened as a 2nd run movie theatre and special events venue in late-summer of 2014). 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 late-2012.

Contributed by Daniel Mauk

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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on December 1, 2010 at 12:35 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 9:22 am

Is the theater closed? Any interior photos available?

andmsmi
andmsmi on May 27, 2012 at 3:30 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 10:29 am

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 10:33 am

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

Matthew Prigge
Matthew Prigge on November 18, 2012 at 10:55 am

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 4:14 am

Now called Westwood Theatre of the Arts.

http://www.westwoodtheatreofthearts.com

Dr Emilio Lizardo
Dr Emilio Lizardo on November 19, 2014 at 10:53 am

Doc here from The Journal of Adult Theaters website. I have added three new photos of the Westwood Theatre to the photos section, with more new photos to come.

The new website for the Westwood is now online: www.westwoodadult.com

Thanks,
Doc

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