Mayland Theatre

5900 Mayfield Road,
Mayfield Heights, OH 44124

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Mayland Theatre, 1974

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The Mayland Theatre, with a round Art-Deco style marquee, opened in 1948/1949, and was twinned under General Cinema ownership to the plans of William Riseman Associates.

GCC closed the Mayland in the early-1990’s, and a Barnes and Noble bookstore later occupied the site, with huge neon Barnes and Noble letters replacing the Mayland letters on the marquee. In 1999, Barnes and Noble relocated to Richmond Mall, and the Mayland building became vacant again.

In 2006, it became a Boneyard Restaurant.

Contributed by Toby Radloff

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 26, 2009 at 8:38 pm

The original architect of the Mayland Theatre is no longer unknown. The December 27, 1947, issue of Boxoffice Magazine announced that P.E. Essick and Howard Reif had a 1,600-seat theater under construction at Mayfield and Lander Roads. The as-yet unnamed theater was expected to open the following spring.

The Boxoffice item said: “Plans for the project were prepared by Paul Matzinger, Cleveland architect who has drawn plans for a majority of the Scoville, Essick & Reif Theatres.”

Other issues of Boxoffice indicate that, at the time the Mayland was designed, Matzinger was lead architect of the firm of Matzinger & Grosel. Matzinger was a member of Boxoffice Magazine’s Modern Theatre Planning Institute.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 16, 2010 at 11:43 pm

Here is an article by Hanns Teichert, whose firm decorated the Mayland Theatre. The January 7, 1950, Boxoffice article includes photos of both the Mayland and a theater called the Lake, which was located in an eastern suburb of Cleveland not named in the magazine. Like the Mayland, the Lake was designed by the architectural firm of Matzinger & Grosel. I’ve been unable to determine of the Lake is listed at Cinema Treasures yet.

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on May 17, 2010 at 12:31 am

The Lake, now the Lakeshore 7, is in Euclid: View link

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 19, 2010 at 3:14 am

Thanks, CWalczak. I’ll post the Boxoffice link to the Lakeshore 7 page as well.

Eric K.
Eric K. on January 11, 2011 at 7:30 pm

I never went to see a movie at this theater, but I did go to The Barnes & Noble it became a few times in HS (this is the late 90s).

Since it has been Boneyard for about 5 years now I have been inside it MANY times (it’s a great bar), but I do wish I went to a show back in the day…

nicbee
nicbee on March 10, 2012 at 10:51 am

We moved to Mayfield Hts. in 1957. I spent many a Saturday afternoon as a kid and nights as a teen watching the movies at the Mayland. When I got older and bolder as a teen, I use to find ways to sneak into the theater without buying a ticket. It was a nice modern theater at the time but nothing like the great historical theaters in downtown Cleveland which I never really went to until the 1980’s and later. When in town though I like to eat at the Boneyard and try to remember what it was like back in the 60’s. I guess there are no interior photos since the place was usually dark and who would take pictures of an ordinary theater interior anyway.

JohnMessick
JohnMessick on March 11, 2012 at 5:19 pm

Very nice theater. Any interior pictures?

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 29, 2012 at 8:03 pm

Here is a fresh link to the January 7, 1950, Boxoffice article about the Mayfield and Lake Theatres. There are three pages with photos. In adition, here is a direct link to the final page of the article’s text.

billyfee
billyfee on May 23, 2012 at 5:11 pm

There are many who believe this theatre is haunted! Apparently, workers at the Boneyard have regular encounters with a ghost, who was supposedly an usher, for the theatre. They say he hung himself when he was turned down for a raise. Supposedly, he hung himself in front of the big screen! I stumbled across this page while trying to gather information to disprove this story. I am not a believer in ghosts! Just wondering if anyone out there, has any info on this. Thanks!

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