Willow Theater

6504 Brecksville Road,
Independence, OH 44131

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The Willow Theater had one screen, with seating on the main floor in three sections (left, center, right). It also had a leather, large circular seating area between the lobby, concession stand and regualr seats which was used as the meeting place after the movie ended.

A special area upstairs for parents to take kids in case they cried was also installed which allowed patrons to still be able to see and hear the movie. It also had a payphone room built in to the structure with wood and glass doors so you could still see the movie while talking on the phone.

The theater also used to use a color wheel projected on the screen before the shorts would start.

It has since been demolished.

Contributed by Bryce Wilson

Recent comments (view all 6 comments)

Toby on January 10, 2004 at 9:20 pm

The Willow closed in 1977 after a fire destroyed the theatre, which was caused by juveniles setting fire to the seats.

Norm Lindway
Norm Lindway on April 28, 2009 at 8:53 am

The willow was one of our theaters to show single features right after their downtown first run. The other theaters were Stillwell in Bedford, Berea and Vine in Willoughby. These theaters had three Saturday night showings with the last feature after 11 pm.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on December 24, 2010 at 11:18 am

Like 1968 picture much better.IT IS OPEN!!

TLSLOEWS on December 25, 2010 at 1:45 pm

Nice looking marquee on the Willow.

rivest266 on March 13, 2011 at 10:36 am

This opened on June 22nd, 1950. ad: View link

rivest266 on January 19, 2014 at 11:30 am

Grand opening ad in the photo section

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