Shore Theatre

22500 Lakeshore Boulevard,
Euclid, OH 44123

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Shore Theatre

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The Shore Theatre was opened in 1939 and closed around 1980.

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Dea on August 21, 2006 at 12:47 pm

Wasn’t there also a bowling alley located
somewhere in between the two theaters
that caught fire also?

shamrock on December 4, 2007 at 2:44 pm

There was an alley next to the Shore Theatre. Next to this alley was a series of stores including a restaurant. Behind this restaurant was the bowling alley known as Shore Bowling. The snack bar at the bowling alley was what caught fire.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 30, 2009 at 3:27 am

The Shore Theatre was designed by architect Paul Matzinger. An article about the recently opened house appeared in the May 27, 1939, issue of Boxoffice Magazine.

buckguy on January 2, 2010 at 6:23 pm

The Shore had been closed for several years by 1977. At that point, it had a leaking roof and there was standing water in the auditorium, according to people involved in early efforts to redevelop the area. These problems made it difficult to do anything with the theatre, which was surrounded by more or less functional, if aging businesses. Parking was in the rear near the bowling alley. For many years, the theatre’s neighbor, Northeast Appliance would have a row of televisions playing in their display window, even if the store was closed—it was good advertising for the movies' major competitor. Northeast outlasted the theatre by quite a few years. The theatre’s demise had nothing to do with the Lake theatre. Instead, it was torn down as part of the construction of a new Finast (later Tops) super market, which replaced a long running Pick-n-Pay store that was across the street (Finast and Pick-n-Pay had the same ownership by that point).

CSWalczak on January 2, 2010 at 7:30 pm

The Pick-n-Pay/Finast/Tops remained across the street after the Shore was demolished. An entrance to the parking lot that was behind the theater and a bank (now a Fifth/Third,) was built where the Shore once was. Both are there today.

buckguy on May 3, 2010 at 12:59 am

I’ll take a look the next time I’m in Cleveland. There was a long running bank that was either across the alley to the parking lot next to Podboy’s Lounge or the one next to Northeast Appliance. it was Second Federal (later renamed Cardinal Federal) and probably taken over by someone else during the S&L debacle of the 80s. There always were entrances to the parking lot, one of them just got larger once the theater was demolished. We always parked in back and walked along the side by Northeast Appliance. Access was possible from Lake Shore, but more convenient from Shore Center Drive (which is what ran in back).

The Pick-n-Pay remained a Pick-n-Pay until it closed. It’s now a new build Walgreens which probably has a footprint identical to that of the old super market.

The Shore’s one distinction was having a “starlight” ceiling with small painted stars that glowed in the dark. It was the only neighborhood or suburban theater I remember having such a feature. Even during the 60s, it was a second string theater which often showed double features and occasionally showed a re-release of something many years old. Then it began to co-book with drive-ins and then had a rather short life as a dollar theater. In my time, it was always considered “not as nice” as the Lake.

rivest266 on March 13, 2011 at 5:16 pm

April 8th, 1939 grand opening ad is at View link

Tinseltoes on August 31, 2012 at 9:31 pm

Described in this 1939 trade article: Boxoffice

Tinseltoes on August 31, 2012 at 9:33 pm

Also featured on the front cover of The Modern Theatre section: Boxoffice

rivest266 on January 19, 2014 at 7:23 pm

Granada grand opening ad April 8th, 1939 uploaded in the photo section

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