11815 Lorain Avenue,
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Warner Brothers opened the Variety Theatre in the 1920’s, and became independent by the 1950’s. The theatre, a huge theatre with a balcony, had shown sub-run films during the 1970’s, and brought in cult midnight movies in the early-1980’s. The theatre was also used as a “haunted theatre” for a couple of years in the 1980’s, in which there was a haunted tour of the theatre, while horror films were playing on the screen.
Lack of off street parking and the high cost of utilities and other expenses for a single screen theatre forced the Variety Theatre to close in 1984. Later on, a private school in the Cleveland area, Freedom Academy, used the theatre as a performing arts school. A boxing academy last occupied the Variety Theatre.
Since 2006, the Variety Theatre has been in the process of restoration and renovation by new owners, the Friends of the Historic Variety Theatre, which hopes to reopen the theatre as a venue for both on-screen and live peformances.
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