Westwood Theatre of the Arts

1602 W. Sylvania Avenue,
Toledo, OH 43612

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Roger Katz
Roger Katz on February 14, 2014 at 2:14 pm

Now called Westwood Theatre of the Arts.

http://www.westwoodtheatreofthearts.com

Matthew Prigge
Matthew Prigge on November 18, 2012 at 8:55 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

Matthew Prigge
Matthew Prigge on November 18, 2012 at 8:33 pm

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

Matthew Prigge
Matthew Prigge on November 18, 2012 at 8:29 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!

andmsmi
andmsmi on May 28, 2012 at 2:30 am

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.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on April 5, 2012 at 8:22 pm

Is the theater closed? Any interior photos available?

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on December 1, 2010 at 10:35 pm

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

EvanJChase
EvanJChase on May 26, 2010 at 3:04 am

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!

buckguy
buckguy on May 10, 2010 at 2:30 am

The Westwood presumably was owned by the same owners as the Westwood, Heights and Continental in Cleveland during the 60s and 70s—same logo and films as the Heights & Westwood (the Continental went toward blaxploitation fare in its later days). Whereas the Cleveland theaters quit showing X-rated films in the 70s, the Westwood continued to do so. The theater anchored what used to be the shopping district for what was known as “West Toledo”.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on March 31, 2007 at 4:29 pm

Here is a photo from the Toledo Public Library
http://tinyurl.com/29xgnz