Linden Cleve Theater

1741 Cleveland Avenue,
Columbus, OH 43211

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The Cleve Theatre opened in 1938, and closed in 1964.

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Keith on August 6, 2011 at 11:42 am

I was in the cleve today! looks like the church now owns it. new “linden cleve” sign replaces the for sale sign. inside is just brick and steel beems. It still has the projection room. you walk in the front door to lots of wood paneling. nothing left from its theater days.

Mark_L on August 6, 2011 at 1:08 pm

Thanks for that information, Keith. Looks like they will have a LOT of work to do to bring that building back to any kind of use. County database doesn’t show any change in ownership yet. My records show that the CLEVE has been closed since 1964.

Mark_L on August 28, 2011 at 2:30 pm

On Friday, August 26, 2011, WBNS-TV news reported on the church that is trying to recover the CLEVE. Their report says,

“The Cleve Movie Theater opened in 1938, and now a north Columbus pastor has an ambitious plan for the long-neglected building.

Larry Cochran said it will take about $1.5 million to transform the building into the new Linden Cleve Theater and Cultural Arts Extension Center, 10TV’s Jerry Revish reported on Friday.

The Cleve ran for 26 years before closing in 1964. Cochran said it is worth saving.

“It’s worth saving because of the community. We want to save our community,” Cochran said. “There’s nothing like this in this community. A venue where people can come and enjoy a play or a concert or any type of activity like that.”

Cochran said he envisions it as not just a place for viewing the performing acts, but also learning them. Fundraising for the project has already begun, Revish reported."

Keith on August 29, 2011 at 2:11 pm

the cleves floor has been leveled from back to front of the building so there is a big difference in floor height about 20 feet from the front door.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 21, 2012 at 6:06 am

The Cleve Theatre was designed by the F&Y Building Service, according to the latest version of the theater’s official web site.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on February 5, 2013 at 6:46 am

What is the current status of this construction project?

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on February 5, 2013 at 10:07 pm

Thanks – when was the reopening day, and what is the theatre now being used for?

Keith on February 6, 2013 at 6:50 pm

Ron I drove passed the Cleve yesterday and nothing has changed.

Mark_L on February 17, 2013 at 5:27 pm

According the the Linden Cleve Theater website, the theatre will be holding a COME CATCH THE VISION event on March 16, 2013. “Join us for an exciting day of fun, community and the arts. This celebration of the CLEVE theater’s future promises to be an inspiration to you and the entire Linden community.”

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on February 17, 2013 at 7:57 pm

From that website, it appears that they have officially changed the name to ‘Linden Cleve Theatre’.

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