Milo Theatre

1000 Miles Avenue,
Cleveland, OH 44105

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The Milo Theatre opened in the 1920’s and closed in the 1950’s. A carpet cleaning business, Arsalanian Brothers, has operated out of the Milo Theatre building since the late-1950’s and was still in business until it was destroyed by a fire in May 2007. I think a barber shop was in the building at one time as well. The marquee was still intact, advertising the carpet cleaning business.

Contributed by Toby Radloff

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Toby
Toby on October 1, 2006 at 2:33 pm

Drove by the Milo today, the marquee was removed but the carpet cleaning business is still there.

KenRoe
KenRoe on October 5, 2006 at 7:47 am

Listed in the 1950 edition of Film Daily Yearbook with a seating capacity of 700.

AuWren
AuWren on May 17, 2007 at 3:10 pm

On May 14, a fire destroyed the carpet warehouse. . Is this Milo?
Or is the business housed in the old theater? I haven’t been by there in quite awhile. My recollection says the theater was to the East.

Below is the news report with a shot of the burned out warehouse (theater?)

http://tinyurl.com/3ynm65

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on June 13, 2008 at 6:58 pm

I think the address may have been 10009 Miles Avenue. That’s where the Arslanian business was located. Here is a site that discusses th Arslanians moving into the old theater. Incidentally, 10000 Miles Avenue is a cemetery, so I assume the carpet warehouse is across the street.
http://tinyurl.com/65jfu9

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on June 13, 2008 at 7:18 pm

The address above reads “1000 Miles Avenue” which doesn’t map. If you substitute 10009 Miles Avenue for the address, Google maps will show you a small photo of the carpet cleaning building.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on June 13, 2008 at 8:09 pm

That’s an interesting photo. You can expand it and move the view around to see more of the building. Doesn’t look much like a theater, though, with all the windows.

Bill Eichelberger
Bill Eichelberger on August 23, 2010 at 3:57 am

Google now shows an empty lot.

hanz
hanz on January 29, 2011 at 6:53 pm

This theatre was demolished.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 12, 2012 at 5:51 am

The Milo Theatre was built in 1915. The January 15, 1916, issue of The Moving Picture World included it on a list of new theaters built in Cleveland the previous year.

On January 19, 1916, a telegram from the Milo’s operator, Adolph Mahrer, protesting a proposed Federal censorship bill, was entered into the records of the Federal Motion Picture Commission. This is the text of Mr. Mahrer’s telegram:

“I, Adolph Mahrer, individually, and as the representative of Milo Theater, One hundredth Street and Miles Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio, respectfully protest against the enactment of a Federal censorship bill in any form. I urge and advocate the amendment of section 245 of the Federal Criminal Code so as to make it unmistakably applicable to motion pictures.

“I represent an investment of $40,000 in the exhibiting branch of the motion picture industry. My interests employ 10 employees.”

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 12, 2012 at 4:54 pm

The Milo Theatre was located on the lot at the northeast corner of Miles Avenue and East 100th Street, which is about a mile west of the place where the Google map is currently displaying its pin icon.

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