Broadvue Theatre

4172 Pearl Road,
Cleveland, OH 44109

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This theatre opened in the 1920’s as a neighborhood movie theatre, but started showing porn movies in the 1970’s. The theatre, after several vice squad raids, closed in the early-1980’s, then briefly reopened by a community group that brought in sub-run films for $2 admission.

The theatre closed again in 1986, and had since been demolished to make way for a retail store (first Medic Drug, now a Family Dollar).

Contributed by Toby Radloff

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dave-bronx™ on January 7, 2007 at 8:51 am

I remember it had a coffered ceiling with a dome in the center. All the seats were on the main floor, there was no balcony. There was a bus stop for the 51 bus in front. After it switched to porn, the women waiting for the bus would stand under the marquee only if it was raining, otherwise they stood in front of the barber college next door.

kencmcintyre on May 8, 2008 at 2:00 pm

Here is an 11/30/74 ad from the Cleveland Sun:

szafman on August 27, 2008 at 2:10 pm

I was a volenteer back during the 80’s when OBCDC was trying to renovate and have many pictures of the interior. I will be glad to upload a few when the option is turned back on. Otherwise I believe the style was Greco-Roman, but the exterior was definatly Art-Deco.
It’s seating capacity when it opened was 2100, and she first opened her doors on January 15, 1927 as a movie / vaudeville house.

szafman on August 1, 2010 at 10:38 am

I put some interior shots on flickr, hopfully I did this right.
Here is a pic of the ceiling

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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on August 2, 2010 at 3:06 pm

Always hate to see a theatre go the smut route.

CSWalczak on August 2, 2010 at 11:33 pm

I do too; however, it has to be remembered, as it was pointed out to us who part of a historic theater tour in Detroit some years back, that whether it was porn or chop-socky films or explotaion fare, that these types of films kept a number of classic theaters operating, with the HVAC and other systems running and in some degree of repair in most cases so that, when the time came and resources became available, they could be restored to a nobler use.

szafman on August 5, 2010 at 6:07 pm

More pic’s coming to the flickr link, stay tuned…
Unforchantly in the Broadvue’s case the operators of the porn theater stole & sold pices of, and generaly disrespected the place.
For example:
They painted porn red over the white marble in the ladies room, when we stripped the paint the marble was stained pink. This was a grand lady waiting for a rescue that never truely happened. Now 25 years later, the renovation of neighborhood theaters is thr new “thing” in Cleveland, go figure.

rivest266 on January 18, 2014 at 4:58 pm

January 16th, 1927 grand opening ad in photo section.

ppherber on June 26, 2015 at 9:26 pm

To my recollection, this was the first Cleveland theatre to run hard-core porn films in the early 70’s. They gradually merged with a XXX bookstore next door to create a 24/7 porn complex by the 80’s. Video viewing booths were set up in the lobby of the original theatre. I used to have one of their T-shirts.

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