Mayland Theatre

5900 Mayfield Road,
Mayfield Heights, OH 44124

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billyfee
billyfee on May 23, 2012 at 8:11 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!

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 29, 2012 at 11:03 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.

JohnMessick
JohnMessick on March 11, 2012 at 8:19 pm

Very nice theater. Any interior pictures?

nicbee
nicbee on March 10, 2012 at 1:51 pm

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.

Eric K.
Eric K. on January 11, 2011 at 10:30 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…

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 19, 2010 at 6:14 am

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

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on May 17, 2010 at 3:31 am

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

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 17, 2010 at 2:43 am

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.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 26, 2009 at 11:38 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.

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on September 24, 2008 at 12:54 am

If memory serves, the Mayland was, for a brief time in the late 1960s, a roadshow house. I seem to recall seeing “A Man for All Seasons” there on a reserved seat basis.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on September 22, 2008 at 11:44 pm

I am not from your area. Never been to Ohio, in fact.

kevinmc
kevinmc on September 22, 2008 at 11:21 pm

Hi ken mc

are you with local 27?

what happened to dave, mark, and larry?

they were very good to me. I thank you for the response.

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kevinmc
kevinmc on September 22, 2008 at 11:17 pm

thank you for responding

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on September 22, 2008 at 12:31 am

The function should be changed to restaurant.

dave-bronx™
dave-bronx™ on September 22, 2008 at 12:24 am

The Boneyard has an outdoor dining area under the marquee in the front, and the main entrance is now on the west side of the building near the back. This was probably done because there is plentiful parking in that area. The front parking was kind of limited.

kevinmc
kevinmc on September 21, 2008 at 8:52 pm

“Quite a cast of characters came and went under my employ, I won’t mention names but you know who you are. Projectionists who bar-b-q’d outside on the rooftop, cashiers and concession clerks who showed up when they wanted to and ushers who kept count of the beers they confiscated made the place interesting.”

I’m the staghand who painted that freekin dome in the lobby. Remember how much fun that was? I hope the years have been kind to you- you were always good to me

Kevin (‘79-'82)

Patsy
Patsy on May 18, 2007 at 8:18 pm

What is in the former Mayland Theatre site now? And does anyone know if June 9th is the date of the annual Mayfield Heights car cruise-in? Sure would be nice to see this theatre and marquee operating for that event as it would certainly add to a nostalgic car weekend.

dave-bronx™
dave-bronx™ on April 10, 2007 at 10:16 am

Scare: The old safe in the office came from the East Side Drive-In when it closed. It had been purchased for the drive-in after someone broke in during the night and jackhammered a floor safe out of the concrete and took it. At the Mayland it was in use until the new one, in the office closet, was purchased in about 1983 as i recall. There were also 2 wall safes in the north wall of the office that couldn’t be locked. I took the doors off them and covered them over when I put up the paneling on the walls in 1974.

zimko
zimko on April 9, 2007 at 4:34 pm

I saw many movies at the Mayland Theater including the original Shaggy Dog and Parent Trap, Chitty-Chitty Bang-Bang, It’s a Mad (X4) World, and the original Superman with Christopher Reeves. As we were walking out of the theater after Superman, the wind blew the “M” from the title off of the marquee and it landed in front of my brother. Sure wish my dad wouldn’t have thrown that out years later. After Barnes and Noble bookstore opened there, we stopped with my own kids almost every Sunday after church. It was hard for them to understand how there used to be just one giant screen there with only one movie option, as opposed to the 10 or more they’re used to now. Great memories.

jimkf
jimkf on March 4, 2007 at 4:04 pm

About the Mayland, I managed the theatre for GCC from 1980 until early 1982 when I left to take the manager’s job at Randall Park. The Mayland was a unique neighborhood theatre. Most nights during the week, you knew most everyone by name that came thru the door. Weekends could be alot busier, especially if a kid’s movie was running.
We also ran quite a few weekend midnite movies and kept a refrigerator behind the office for chilling the beer we confiscated from the incoming kids. Lots of variety, but it was free!
The safe in the office was an ancient unit…probably left over from the original owner…and one day when I gave the dial a spin, it came off in my hand! A quick call to a locksmith and a few hundred bucks later, we had it open and a new dial installed. I’m sure it was Rex’s doing!
Quite a cast of characters came and went under my employ, I won’t mention names but you know who you are. Projectionists who bar-b-q’d outside on the rooftop, cashiers and concession clerks who showed up when they wanted to and ushers who kept count of the beers they confiscated made the place interesting.
Yes, we had a leaky roof and basement and drafty auditoriums, but that just gave the place character. Speaking of drafts, I firmly believe that the place was (is) haunted. Many a night I caught up on paperwork only to feel the presence of someone else in the building. If it wasn’t Rex, then it must have been his stand-in!

rogers
rogers on September 26, 2006 at 8:53 am

To: NumberOneMan:

I was long gone from the Mayland when you started work there, so I’ve never heard about any concession stand worker who might have died of a “massive heart attack” in the ladies room. (I do remember a couple of fat old drunk broads who’d passed out in the ladies room. We had to wake ‘em up in order to close up the place for the night!)

As for Rex Anderson, he was a very close friend of mine — and one of the nicest guys I ever had the pleasure of working with. Back when I worked there, (1952-56), Rex was as sober as a judge. He was a member of AA, and yes, I do remember one time when he “fell off the wagon,” but that episode lasted only a day or two. His wife and a couple of other family members saw to that!

I remember Rex’s backstage “office” very well. It was the larger of the two dressing rooms upstairs on the east side of the building. On the other side of the stage was the “band room” — the subject of several popular stories which identified it as the site of numerous nocturnal romantic trysts involving certain Mayland employees. (But being the “choirboy,” innocent-type of kid that I was, I have no knowledge of this whatsoever!)

One more thing: I never knew a theatre manager who had “real work to do.” Cliff Pegg was the manager when I worked there, and I can tell you that he never worked up a sweat in the 4-plus year that I knew him! Assistant managers and head ushers did most of what little work was required.

As for your Rex quotation, yes, I’d say that could be something he'd
have said. Rex was a very good man. God rest his soul!

NumberOneMan
NumberOneMan on September 25, 2006 at 7:34 pm

I worked at the Mayland from ‘66 thru '69. Great job for a high school kid – clean, and no heay lifting, although do I remember swabbibg out the men’s room many times after a hard rain. I left in early '69, and I’ve heard tales that one of the more elderly female concession stand workers had a massive heart attack and dropped dead on the sofa in the ladies room sometine in 1970. I remember this woman well and wonder if anyone on this board can verify that or is familiar with her.
I have heard all the stories about the place being haunted, and I was alone many times in the more inaccessible areas of the theatre, and never once had any sense of anything supernatural occurring.
By the way, Rex Anderson the stagehand quickly attained iconic status with the people that worked with hin during the time I was there. I can vividly remember him roaring up to the place about 3:30 pm in his Buick 225 (with a vinyl Landau roof, of course), retiring to the StageHand’s Room backstage for some liquid refreshment, emerging about 7:30 pm to pull the curtain, retiring to the StageHand’s Room backstage for some more liquid refreshment, and finally reappearing about 12:30 pm to close the curtain. He would occasionally emerge from his backstage habitat to irritate the Theatre manager (who actually had real work to do) with all sorts of spirit-fueled rantings and musings, such as:
“Just like the crack that never heals,
The more you rub it the better it feels.
But all the soap this side of Hell,
Won’t get rid of that codfish smell.”

I’m think anyone who knew Rex can confirm.