Cla-Zel Theatre

127 N. Main Street,
Bowling Green, OH 43402

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Cla-Zel Theatre

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Built in 1926, the Cla-Zel Theatre was designed by renowned architect Jack Raney.

The theatre was purchased by a group of local business owners in 2000, functioning as a combination movie house and live entertainment venue. The Cla-Zel Theatre stopped showing movies in 2005, but continued to host live events.

Sold to new owners in 2007, the Cla-Zel Theatre reopened in November of 2008 as a nightclub called Club Encore. Live music returned to the club in early-2009.

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on January 26, 2009 at 7:13 pm

Here is the website for Club Encore.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on April 29, 2009 at 9:56 am

I saw the photo of the State Theater Chuck, but I don’t have any information on it.

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on April 29, 2009 at 12:29 pm

LOL That happens to me alot.

There is a Lyric Theater listed in 1955 for Bowling Green, Ohio with a location given as East Wooster Street. I wonder if Lyric is another name for the State Theater.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on April 29, 2009 at 2:30 pm

Look at it this way, if both names belong to the same theater, your really only searching for one theater. Let me know if that makes any sense. LOL

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on June 21, 2009 at 10:11 am

Chuck….You should add the Lyric and State theaters. The Lyric dates back to at least 1930 and is listed in 1955 with 360 seats. I don’t have any information about the State Theater.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 12, 2009 at 12:07 am

If somebody adds the Lyric, there were apparently two of that name, both owned by Clark M. Young. The second Lyric was opened in 1935, and an item in Boxoffice of September 21, a few weeks before the new house opened, said that Young was naming it the Lyric after his old theater which had been dismantled.

I’ve been unable to find anything about the State Theatre. The Bowling Greens in Kentucky and Missouri each had a State Theatre, too, which muddies the search results.

buckguy on May 9, 2010 at 6:05 pm

Bowling Green had yet another theater on E Wooster Street near I-75. The address was a long the lines of 1616 E Wooster. It opened around 1970 and closed in the mid- to late-80s. It was part of a chronically underperforming plaza that included a Great Scot super market and Gray Drug, along with a strip of small shops. I think it was simply the Cinema or named for the plaza (may have been College Plaza or University Plaza). I think it always had at least two screens. It tended to get 1st run films before the Cla-Zel, which spent many years as a low price, second/third run theater.

Movietechson on August 10, 2010 at 7:10 pm

there was 5 functioning motion picture theatres in the bowling green area. Lyric, the State, The Stadium 1&2, the Cla-Zel, and the Portage Drive In (just outside BG). For those who remember the offices for the Armstrong Circuit Theatre Group were located above the rogers pharmacy, next to the Cla-Zel. Factoid, the Armstrong Circuit also was very community oriented, they had a train that kids could ride during parades, and at the portage drive in on movie nights. When the Portage Drive In was demolished, the “Armstrong Tooter” was sold to a local resident, the Tooter was in poor shape from being stored under the screen all of those years, never being used and weather and bird dropping placed on it, so no one knows if anything has been done to it since.

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