Ohio Theatre

1511 Euclid Avenue,
Cleveland, OH 44115

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rivest266
rivest266 on January 19, 2014 at 10:38 am

September 23rd, 1943 grand opening ad as a movie theatre has been uploaded in the photo section

rivest266
rivest266 on March 13, 2011 at 11:57 am

This reopened as a movie theatre on September 23rd, 1943.
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zabriskie
zabriskie on December 23, 2010 at 11:15 pm

Yes, CLEOPATRA played road show at the Ohio. Others besides, SOUTH PACIFIC, AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS, the TEN COMMANDMENTS were BEN-HUR, WEST SIDE STORY, EXODUS, STAR!, DOCTOR DOLITTLE, MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY, KING OF KINGS. I think BEN HUR had the longest run.

rlausche
rlausche on March 3, 2010 at 10:15 pm

Cleopatra played the Ohio has a roadshow then moved over to the Hippodrome for its general release

Hibi
Hibi on January 12, 2010 at 2:00 pm

Did Cleopatra play the Ohio, does anyone know? I dont remember it playing there. (But I dont remember where it played if not, either).

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on December 30, 2009 at 8:31 pm

Good Site and Photos.

spectrum
spectrum on August 31, 2009 at 10:54 pm

Made a mistake with one of my links above — here’s the other photo of the Ohio Theatre lobby:

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chspringer
chspringer on July 10, 2009 at 7:29 pm

The Ohio also roadshowed “The Ten Commandments”, “Around the World in 80 Days” “Oklahoma” ran here but in 35mm.

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on July 9, 2009 at 9:04 pm

The Ohio did not show any Cinerama films, but was in the late 1950s and 60s a 70mm roadshow house especially for films in Todd-AO. I remember seeing “South Pacific” there. Cinerama was housed first at the Palace, then at the Great Northern, and finally at the State.

spectrum
spectrum on July 9, 2009 at 8:20 pm

Here are some new photos I took July 2009 of the Ohio Theatre. Finally, we now have a photo of the main lobby as it now looks (original ornate lobby was destroyed by a fire in 1964):

Exterior, front and back:

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Lobby:

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Auditorium:

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Backstage:
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Hibi
Hibi on June 26, 2009 at 2:38 pm

I’m not sure about the Ohio showing Cinerama, but the State definitely did towards the end…… (70mm version)

Cinerama
Cinerama on February 15, 2009 at 4:13 pm

Did this theatre ever promote itself as a Cinerama theatre? The book Cleveland’s Playhouse Square, has a picture of the Palace Cinerama theatre and below it says “The State and the Ohio also showed Cinerama films”.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 16, 2009 at 12:00 am

The post-depression re-opening of the Ohio Theatre as a movie house (paragraph 2 of the intro above) apparently took place in 1943. Here are extracts from an item in the July 17, 1943, issue of Boxoffice Magazine: “CLEVELAND— Reconstruction work at the Ohio Theatre, long closed, is going on apace. …it is understood that this 1500 seat house… will adopt a motion picture policy. Rumor has it that the house will open about Labor Day with ‘For Whom the Bell Tolls.’”

Patsy
Patsy on January 1, 2008 at 5:41 pm

dave-bronx: Thanks so much for posting this arcadia publishing site as I plan to order a book since visting all of these theatres this past summer while in Cleveland visiting Ohio friends.

dave-bronx™
dave-bronx™ on December 31, 2007 at 10:17 pm

A book entitled “Cleveland’s Playhouse Square” by Patricia M. Mote chronicles in words and photographs the Loew’s State & Ohio, RKO Allen & Palace and Hanna theaters from their opening in the 1920s through 2006. It can be found in the Local Interest section of Cleveland area bookstores, and for those not in the area it can be ordered from the publisher at the following website:
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Patsy
Patsy on June 9, 2007 at 9:21 am

Lost Memory: Having just returned from Playhouse Square in Cleveland I have now answered my own organ inquiry posted earlier. The only organ left is in the Palace though I didn’t see it during my recent tour. The tour included the Ohio, State, Allen and Palace. They are all located on Euclid Avenue with the Hanna Theatre nearby on 14th? In the 20’s when all of these theatres were built Euclid was known an Millionaire’s Row and the Who’s Who List lived there and frequented these beautiful theatres. And thanks goes to basically one man, Mr. Raymond Shepardton for saving these theatres for future generations!

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on September 27, 2006 at 4:01 pm

This is a 1932 photo from the Cleveland Public Library:
http://tinyurl.com/f5glm

simplexlover
simplexlover on January 26, 2006 at 12:54 pm

The address of the Ohio Theatre is 1513 Euclid Ave.

wheelgrabber
wheelgrabber on January 26, 2006 at 12:47 pm

The address listed above is wrong. It can’t be 1260 Euclid Ave. if the State Theatre is 1519 Euclid and the Palace is 1615 Euclid and all three are on the same side of the street. It therefore has to be an uneven number. Does anyone know?

Patsy
Patsy on November 28, 2005 at 3:35 pm

“Today, restored to its former elegance, the Ohio is used for smaller stage performances, concerts and live theater.” Does “former elegance” include the Moller organ Opus 2874 Size 3/17?

Patsy
Patsy on November 28, 2005 at 3:30 pm

Lost Memory: Do you know if the organ that was installed in 1921 at a cost of $6450.00 is still in the Ohio Theater? And what about the Palace in Cleveland, too?

dave-bronx™
dave-bronx™ on September 27, 2005 at 2:16 am

Here are some photos of the former Loew’s Ohio –
the red one is aprx 1971, after vandals broke in and set off the standpipes and damaged the plaster. the other two are the lobby and auditorium when it opened in 1921.
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jsomich
jsomich on January 4, 2005 at 3:43 pm

When I visited the Loew’s Ohio booth in the 60s I found 3 Philips/Norelco 35/70mm projectors, Peerless Hycandescent lamps, and Simplex Sound.

This was a “roadshow house” at this time.