Madison Theatre

9400 Madison Avenue,
Cleveland, OH 44102

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Those were the days!

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This was a neighborhood theatre that opened in the 1940’s and closed in the mid-1980’s. A lumber yard business occupies the former theatre now. The lobby was demolished, but the auditorium is being used as a storage area for lumber.

Contributed by Toby Radloff

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 1, 2005 at 7:08 am

A Hillgreen-Lane organ Opus 623 Size 2/10 was installed in the Madison Theater in 1921 at a cost of $3,050.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on August 16, 2008 at 2:36 pm

There is a small photo on the lumberyard site:
http://tinyurl.com/5wo47e

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 16, 2008 at 3:09 pm

Technically the function should be retail since a lumber yard sells lumber.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 16, 2008 at 3:23 pm

The Madison Theater had 1600 seats.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 16, 2010 at 11:38 pm

The Madison Theatre in which the organ was installed in 1921 (noted in Lost Memory’s first comment above) must have been a different theater, perhaps a predecessor to this house. This Madison Theatre opened September 1, 1949. Boxoffice of September 10 that year said that the new house for the Modern Theatres circuit (formerly Scoville, Essick & Reif) had been designed by Cleveland architects Matzinger & Grosel.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 31, 2012 at 3:48 pm

The Cleveland Landmarks Commission’s list of building designed by architect Nicola Petti includes an unnamed theater at Madison Avenue and W. 103rd Street, dated 1917. As that was only a few blocks west of this theater, perhaps it was the Madison Theatre that had the organ installed in 1921.

However, there was an earlier Madison Theatre, a 200 seat house opened in 1907 at Madison and W. 72nd Street. It seems unlikely that a 200-seat house would install a large organ, but the theater might have been expanded by 1921.

angel1_20022003
angel1_20022003 on February 27, 2013 at 5:16 pm

Wow, Talk about bringing back memories. My brothers and I use to go to the Madison Theater every Sunday. as we got older every Saturday!

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