O Theater at Randall Park

20801 Miles Road,
North Randall, OH 44128

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O Theater at Randall Park

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The Magic Johnson Theater opened at Randall Park Mall in late-1999 and served as a replacement for the Randall Park Mall Cinema Triplex that was operated by General Cinema from 1976-1993. Magic Johnson opens state-of-the-art theater facilities in underserved neighborhoods.

It was closed in April 2008.

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dave-bronx™
dave-bronx™ on May 22, 2008 at 5:21 am

Today the mayor of N. Randall has publicly announced the shut-down of the Randall Mall, confirming information in the previous entry. He doesn’t see the shut-down of what was once the largest indoor shopping center in the country as troubling, rather, he sees it as a chance for redevelopment. No mention was made of the theatre in the account that of the mayors announcement that I heard.

dave-bronx™
dave-bronx™ on May 22, 2008 at 6:00 am

My previous post was based on a radio news account. Here is the complete story, from The Plain Dealer, Thurs. 05/22/2008:

Randall Park Mall to close by June 12
Posted by Michelle Jarboe May 21, 2008 19:32PM

After more than 30 years, Randall Park Mall will close in mid-June.

David Smith, mayor of North Randall, said Wednesday that mall owner Whichard Real Estate has decided to shut down the property.

The few dozen small stores inside the sprawling, mostly empty mall have until June 12 to close or move into empty storefronts on nearby roads. Burlington Coat Factory and Sears, which can be accessed from outside the mall, will stay open, as will the movie theater and Ohio Technical College’s PowerSport Institute.

Smith said he had spoken with owner Haywood Whichard within the past two weeks. Attempts to contact Whichard on Wednesday were unsuccessful. Reached by phone, a receptionist at the Whichard Real Estate office in Raleigh, N.C., declined comment and hung up.

County records show the company owes more than $200,000 in unpaid property taxes and has taken out multiple mortgages on the mall. The property’s future remains uncertain, but Smith hopes it will be purchased or foreclosed upon and then redeveloped.

“I think that after the word has gotten out that Whichard’s no longer the owner of the property, it will attract countless owners and developers from around the country,” Smith said. “Everything that has happened to the Randall Park Mall is a direct correlation to the ownership. It has nothing to do with this community.”

Retail conditions in North Randall weren’t so rosy even before Whichard bought the mall for $6 million in 2004. Randall Park, which opened in 1976, lost tenants and shoppers as slick new shopping centers sprang up in nearby communities. Crime and some high-profile violence drove shoppers away. Meanwhile, enclosed malls lost much of their luster, replaced by mixed-use projects and open-air centers like Legacy Village and Crocker Park.

The major department stores — Dillard’s, JCPenney and, most recently, Macy’s — left, as did national retailers on nearby streets. And in March, AMC Entertainment pulled out of the “Magic Johnson” movie theaters there. The theater’s out-of-state owners, who renamed the property O Theater, are trying to keep the business running with help from longtime local employees.

The owners did not return calls Wednesday. Theater manager Clyde Mitchell said he has heard nothing to indicate that the theater might close.

“It can’t be any worse that it’s already been,” he said about business.

Mitchell said closing the mall might cut down on walk-through traffic from people who aren’t there to see movies. “I hope it will be for the better,” he said.

Smith, who has talked to everyone from local developers to Israeli investors about the property, said some out-of-state investors are interested in the property. He would not identify the developers, whose options range from mixed-use redevelopment of the existing mall building to demolition for an industrial park.

“You have to have change to have progress,” Smith said. “This community has been overlooked for so long, and it is an opportunity waiting to happen.”

Toby
Toby on December 22, 2008 at 4:27 am

The “O” Theater is now closed. I drove by Randall Park Mall last Saturday afternoon; the lobby had few lights on and there were only a couple of cars in the parking lot. The website, http://www.randallparktheater.com, is still up, but it hasn’t been updated-the latest showtimes are for Tuesday, November 4th, which, I assume, was the last day the theater was in business.

dave-bronx™
dave-bronx™ on December 22, 2008 at 7:02 am

They must have just read your post and taken down their website, because now you will get an error message if you click on that link.

Toby
Toby on December 31, 2008 at 4:41 am

The site is still up; when I typed in the address, the comma showed up as part of the address, thus the error message. Still, the site hasn’t been updated since 11/4/08, and the theater is definitely closed. That’s why AMC/Magic Johnson dumped it, and the “O” operators had a tough time keeping it going…there’s hardly anything left at Randall Park Mall except for Sears, Burlington Coat Factory, and the motorcycle repair school inside the old JC Penney store.

http://www.randallparktheater.com

fred1
fred1 on December 31, 2008 at 5:25 am

Call up the theater# on the website . The recording is listing current films.

moviefan03
moviefan03 on January 5, 2009 at 4:47 pm

How do they expect to stay in business when they do not list showtimes in the Plain Dealer or update their website?

Toby
Toby on February 28, 2009 at 7:01 pm

I did call the phone number-the phone would ring once, then dead air. Apparently the phone number still works, but their answering machine or voice mail is disconnected. That’s why I assume the theater is closed, and should be listed as such. The website still lists showtimes no later than 11/4/08. And with Sears soon closing at Randall Park Mall, the whole mall is pretty much dead, except for the businesses on the outlots along Northfield Road.

Toby
Toby on April 17, 2009 at 5:45 pm

The website link is now shut down, so this theater should now be listed as “closed”.

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on May 13, 2012 at 3:24 am

A picture of this now closed theater as of 2011: View link

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