Westwood Theatre

16200 Hilliard Road,
Lakewood, OH 44107

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Tinseltoes on November 19, 2013 at 9:28 am

Demolition plans under discussion: Cleveland

crazybloomers on October 11, 2013 at 4:37 pm

There is and has been a large gapping hole in the roof for years and this current owner just kept letting it go. I don’t understand how the building department and the development department let this building get this far gone. It is way worse than the old Detroit Theater. I thought the commercial buildings were inspected once a year by building and fire department. How did this fall through the cracks so to speak???

terencetekushan on October 4, 2013 at 7:33 pm

The City of Lakewood has just declared this theater as a “nuisance” property due to the condition of the theater roof and deterioration of the cast concrete architectural elements of the south facade.

The administration is notifying the apartment dwellers (on the north side of the building, unaffected by the theater and theater facade on the south) that they will have to move out of their apartments.

The goal is demolition. It will be interesting to see who is essentially gifted the vacant property.

The city of Lakewood has been on a demolition binge lately, particularly targeting underutilized historic buildings and churches where “higher and better” uses are indicated. “Higher and better uses” are predominantly intra-city relocations of drug stores and McDonalds to the cleared-of-historic-building parcels.

Tinseltoes on June 11, 2013 at 2:02 pm

The Hilliard Square was originally part of the ill-fated theatre circuit of Universal Pictures.

Matthew Prigge
Matthew Prigge on November 18, 2012 at 12:20 pm

If anyone has any stories about going to/ working at this threatre in its adult days, I would love to hear them. I am chronicling the histories of adult theatres in the US. Please contact me at Thanks!

Tinseltoes on June 18, 2012 at 8:55 am

Here’s a two-page 1950 trade article about the modernization of the Hilliard Square Theatre: boxofficemagazine

zabriskie on March 13, 2011 at 11:16 am

In american classic images photos 1980’s new marquee really sucks. The 60’s one with JOANNA is so cool. How could they remove it?

rivest266 on March 13, 2011 at 10:35 am

Westwood Art opened on August 23rd, 1961. ad: View link

herb1 on January 7, 2011 at 6:53 pm

I worked as an usher than assistant manager till westwood took over.I’m very glad to here someone is interested in revitalize this gem. I will keep in touch.

zabriskie on December 23, 2010 at 9:34 pm

Very cool nights at the Westwood in the 60’s; LAST YEAR AT MARIENBAD, BELLE DE JOUR, REPULSION, RED DESERT etc.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on June 20, 2009 at 7:08 pm

This is a more recent photo.

abbeyrdd on April 3, 2009 at 6:50 am

i remember my mother talking about how nice the passageway was between Madison & Hilliard. My daughter lived in one of the apartments above the theatre several years ago. The building really should be torn down and re-built. Also, there are spirits living there.

theghoul on June 11, 2008 at 11:56 am

I am the owner of the theater here in Lakewood- still standing but in dire need of roof work more than the patching I can do myself- I am still hanging in there but not sure for how much longer. The lobby might be on the September homes tour here. Thanx, bob dobush 216-227-0040

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on February 3, 2008 at 2:47 pm

This is a photo of the Westwood Art Theater. Year given for photo is 1981. Here is another photo. Year given is 1985.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on February 2, 2008 at 12:36 pm


16200 Hilliard Road
Lakewood, OH 44107

gwoper on July 19, 2007 at 9:39 am

Another local article from last year
View link

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on January 15, 2007 at 6:39 am

This is a 1967 ad for the Westwood Theater.

Patsy on October 29, 2006 at 10:42 am

“Bob Dobush lives at the theater, and not in any metaphorical sense. The collector and restorer of antique radios keeps an apartment above the long-vacant Hilliard Square theater in Lakewood. He bought the landmark in 1998 to save it from the wrecking ball.” It would be most interesting if someone from CT could interview Bob Dobush and post his words since he lives there and did save this theatre from the wrecking ball! Thank you Mr. Dobush.

Patsy on October 29, 2006 at 10:37 am

I would love to see photos of the ornate lobby and staircase. Are you listening “Lost Memory”? Hope so as this theatre needs to be saved and restored!

fmbeall on July 24, 2006 at 3:29 pm

This was one of only two atmospheric theatres (to my knowledge) in the Cleveland area. The other was the much larger Loew’s Granada, on Detroit Ave. and W. ll7th St.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on July 28, 2005 at 8:16 am

The history that I read on this theater in the Lakewood Sun Post is slightly different from the description above. The article claims that the theater opened in 1927 as the Hilliard Square Theater. The name was changed to the Westwood Theater around 1962 and it showed foreign and art films. The exact year isn’t given but it did switch to adult movies. The Westwood closed in 1986. In 1987 it re-opened under new ownership and the name was changed to the Hilliard Theater. The format switched to family movies. That was probably not a wise choice since the Hilliard Theater closed for good in the summer of 1988. And the address given for the Hilliard Theater is:
16200 Hilliard Road
Lakewood, OH 44107

chspringer on May 6, 2005 at 3:39 pm

The theater was still operating as the Hillard as of Sept 1959 when I moved from the area. I attended Saturday matinees there from time to time. I remember it had a nice wide Cinemascope screen and the auditorium walls had some kind of paintings that were lit with black light.

newton5 on April 23, 2005 at 8:20 am

Here’s a link to his website. www.findatube.com The site doesn’t reference the theater but Bob was the owner as of 2002.