Commodore Theatre

15208 Lakeshore Boulevard,
Cleveland, OH 44110

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Commodore Theatre - Cleveland

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A neighborhood theatre, at the corner of East 152nd and Lakeshore Boulevard, that opened in the 1920’s and closed as a movie theatre in 1971. St. Jerome’s Church was using the theatre as a bingo hall for quite some time.

The Commodore Theatre was demolished in 2008.

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Dan1512 on August 30, 2008 at 1:45 pm

Looks like the building days are numbered. It was comdemed four years ago and is now in housing court in Cleveland. Pieces of the stone facade have been falling off and it sits at a school cross walk. The buliding has become a home to vandals and junkies and the wrath of the councilman in the ward.It is currently by a bank in Boston. The court has ordered the exterior cleaned up and secure with fences and barricades by Sept. 2 2008 and to decide by Sept 5, 2008 whether to demolish or repair the building. A lawyer for the bank says they are leaning towards demolition.
The theater closed in 1971. Windows are smashed, the basement full of water and littered with beer cans. It was a church for a while but that project fizzeled.

RalphHorner on October 26, 2008 at 8:10 pm

339 is the correct address. The whole thing is a little confusing because of a quirk in the street numbering system. All of the East-West streets in Cleveland are named streets (Lakeshore Boulevard, etc) and the North-South streets are numbered streets. (First Street, Second Street and so on) The numbers on the north-south streets start from Lake Erie on the north and progress south. The numbers on the east-west streets start at the center of town, Public Square, and in this case progress east. Lake Shore Boulevard moving east takes a 90 degree right turn north at 152nd street. In this rare instance the street numbers continue north bound 15201, 15202 and so on. Turning right (south) on the corner of east bound Lake Shore puts you on the begining of 152nd street where the street numbers progress south 339, 340 and so on. Picture a cross with the bottom arm being Lakeshore east, the left arm being Lakeshore North, the right arm being 152nd south and the top arm being Macauly. The marque in the photo is the on the begining of the right arm (152nd) and the street number is 338. There are six store fronts to the right of the marque on 152nd and the theatre auditorium is behind those running north-south with the back end on Macauly. I hope I did not add to the confusion with this explanation. In any event, it looks like the local sentiment seems to be strongly in favor of tearing the Commodore down.

dgillespiejr on November 30, 2008 at 6:43 am

The Commodore has been demolished and, as of today, is a pile of rubble on the site. I don’t know what the future plans for the land are.

CSWalczak on December 1, 2008 at 10:29 pm

I was sorry to read that the Commodore is no more, though its demise was probably inevitable, given the decayed state of the building and the general decline of the neighborhood over the years. I recall seeing many films there while growing up in Cleveland, among them an odd, Canadian-made, partial 3-D film called “The Mask” (not the one with Jim Carey) and “Mysterious Island”. I think the seat count of 650 may not be accurate; I remember it being larger than that, but the last time I was there was over 35 years ago. The ceiling was dominated by a huge light fixture, like a large, thick wheel divided into pie-like wedges of red glass.

Toby on December 6, 2009 at 11:09 pm

The food mart mentioned in an earlier post was a 7-11 that opened in the early 1970’s. The 7-11 was across the street from the Commodore Theater.

buckguy on December 9, 2009 at 4:50 am

It’s last days as a theatre were sad, with few patrons. I recall seeing grade-Z horror films (from a different decade) not long before it became a roller rink and, yes, it was small for a roller rink.

Eric K.
Eric K. on January 15, 2011 at 10:56 pm

Chuck, I noticed that too when I checked it out on google maps the other day lol.

rlausche on August 4, 2011 at 4:10 am

When I was in High School this theater was only open on Friday Saturday & Sunday most of the time. It did open during the week if it was a film that was popular. My friend Bill and I would go here if we missed the film and the Lake of Shore. We knew we could see it here. Also I remember, when I was 7 or 8 my mother would take me here once in a while. But When I was a teenager I could see a double feature for 60 cents.

rivest266 on January 19, 2014 at 1:15 am

August 28th, 1927 opening ad uploaded in the photo section. Listings in the Plain Dealer stopped in 1972.

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