Mayland Theatre

5900 Mayfield Road,
Mayfield Heights, OH 44124

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Mayland Theatre, 1974

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

GCC closed the Mayland Theatre on August 8, 1989 with “Dead Poets Society” & “Star Trek V”. A Barnes and Noble bookstore later occupied the building, 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 Theatre building became vacant again.

In 2006, it became a Boneyard Restaurant, which closed in early summer of 2014. It became an arcade and was demolished in November 2020.

Contributed by Toby Radloff

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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 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 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 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!

Eric K.
Eric K. on March 30, 2015 at 1:30 pm

The Boneyard closed early last summer after about an 8 year run and the space is now called Play Arcade and Kitchen.

steve0054 on February 27, 2020 at 2:01 pm

Just read that Play Arcade and Kitchen will be closed as of March 1st. According to the article in Cleve Scene, they’re blaming the age of the building and required repairs for its closing.

steve0054 on February 27, 2020 at 2:03 pm

Also would like to add that General Cinema closed the Mayland down in August 1989. General Cinema announced plans in 1988 to open a multiplex at the nearby Eastgate Shopping Center, but it never happened. It wasn’t until 1996 that Eastgate would get a theater when Regal opened a 10 screen theater behind Micro Center.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 18, 2020 at 6:05 pm

The Mayland Theatre is currently being demolished.

steve0054 on November 21, 2020 at 10:53 am

Final day of business was August 8, 1989. Last movies shown were “Dead Poets Society” and “Star Trek V”.

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