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One of two theaters occupying the large Loew’s Building (the other being the State), the Ohio Theatre opened on February 14, 1921 with 2,153 seats. It was designed by Thomas W. Lamb and, as the name of the building implies, operated, like the State Theatre, by the Loew’s circuit.
The Ohio Theatre, unlike its larger sister, the State Theatre, was originally designed as a legitimate house, though by the Depression, was used more and more infrequently. In 1935, the Ohio Theatre was converted into the Mayfair Casino, which featured a nightclub with jazz acts onstage. However, the Mayfair didn’t catch on, and closed within a year. Afterwards, the Ohio Theatre was reopened as a movie house, which it remained until 1969 when both it and the State Theatre were closed within a week of each other due to declining attendance.
Not long after closing, vandals set off the sprinklers inside the Ohio Theatre, ruining most of the ornate plasterwork decor throughout the theater’s interior. In the early-1970’s, in both the Ohio Theatre and the State Theatre, the auditorium seats were removed and auctioned off, and the ceilings of both theaters were eventually opened in many places to the elements, allowing rain and snow inside.
Fortunately, the Playhouse Square Association (formed in 1970) came to the aid of the Ohio Theatre (and the other four theaters on the Square, the State, Allen, Palace and Hanna theaters) and slowly funds were raised for the restoration of the theater.
In 1977, Cuyahoga County purchased the Loew’s Building, and both of its theaters were added to the National Register of Historic Places the following year.
Today, restored to its former elegance, the Ohio Theatre is used for smaller stage performances, concerts and live theater.
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