Liberty Theater

Superior Avenue & East 105th Street,
Cleveland, OH 44108

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Liberty Theater, Cleveland 1973

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The Liberty Theater was opened in 1915. In 1929 a Wurlitzer organ was installed. The Liberty Theater is still listed in the 1955 Film Daily Yearbook.

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rivest266
rivest266 on March 13, 2011 at 12:33 pm

Loew’s opened it on August 28th, 1919.
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ladywithsmile
ladywithsmile on September 25, 2011 at 5:32 pm

My brothers and I went to this the Liberty Theater almost very weekend during the 50’s. Admission waes 20 cents! We would always sit up front with our popcorn, Milk Duds and a pop.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 13, 2012 at 8:26 am

The opening ad rivest266 linked to shows that the Liberty Theatre was in operation in 1919, but it was probably the same house that was mentioned in the July 15, 1916, issue of The Moving Picture World, which mentions the “…Liberty Theater… built a year ago, and seating 1,500.”

I’ve been unable to find any references to any other Cleveland house called the Liberty during this period, so this one must have been the one that opened in 1915, and must have been one of the several existing Cleveland houses that Loew’s took over in 1919.

I’ve also found a few references from 1916 to a house called the Manhattan Theatre located at Superior Avenue and 105th Street. One reference indicates that the Manhattan Theatre was valued at $65,000, so it must have been a fairly large house. It’s hard to believe that this now rather forlorn intersection once hosted two big theaters.

Bob44c
Bob44c on January 4, 2014 at 4:55 pm

My father in the late 1920’s performed with several of his January 1928 East Technical High School classmates on the stage when the Liberty had amatuer vaudeville nights. He always spoke highly of the Liberty though I was never in the theatre. We used to drive by it when I was a kid with my father talking of those great days. I think he may have also ushered there when he was in high school. So great to see the other comments about the Liberty.

rivest266
rivest266 on January 19, 2014 at 10:21 am

Grand opening announcement in the photo section for this cinema.

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