Great Northern Theatre

26315 Brook Park Road,
North Olmsted, OH 44070

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Great Northern Theatre

The Great Northern Theatre opened on March 24, 1966 with Henry Fonda in “Battle of the Bulge” presented in Cinerama. The theatre was in the Great Northern Plaza in North Olmsted. It was originally a single screen theatre. The screen was a curved 90-foot Cinemascope type. After National Theatre Corporation took over the Great Northern from RKO Stanley Warner, the original auditorium was quadded, and later on, three additional screens were added behind the original auditorium, which included the Cleveland area’s first THX sound system.

Regal Cinemas later took over Great Northern Theatre when they bought out National, and the theatres closed on October 22, 2000, after Regal opened a new eight-plex in nearby Westlake. A Dunham’s Sporting Goods store now occupies the former Great Northern Theatre.

Contributed by Toby Radloff

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hopewell on October 16, 2009 at 10:58 am

Every great SF premiere between 1984 and 1997, I saw at Great Northern, all the Star Trek films, etc. There was a Mr. Bulky’s al most next door, and we’d buy our munchies there, and sneak them in…sometimes, we’d go to the Finast supermarket across the parking lot-I remember smuggling a pound of keilbasa and a one liter bottle of Coke in to see “STAR TREK IV:THE VOYAGE HOME”.

CSWalczak on October 16, 2009 at 11:43 am

The theater’s page on Roland Lataille’s Cinerama site which includes an interior image:
RKO Stanley-Warner also considered installing Cinerama at the Vogue in Cleveland.

CSWalczak on November 11, 2009 at 12:33 am

The architect of this theater was quite possibly, if not definitely, Drew Eberson. The archive of his and his father’s work indicates he drew up plans for a theater at the Great Northern Shopping Center in 1965 for Stanley-Warner which was the original operator.

rivest266 on March 13, 2011 at 9:22 am

March 24th, 1966 ad is at View link

rivest266 on March 13, 2011 at 9:22 am

Multiplex opening ad from December 16th, 1982 (With Garfield Mall Movies) at View link

tterbrack on July 18, 2011 at 8:46 am

Photos added for Great Northern. One from ‘Cleveland Press’ article published in 1966; better quality picture at:

Some black/white from 1973 during St. Richards Church services at theatre (was still single screened) due to church renovations.

Four color pictures taken on Oct. 23, 2000 day after theatre closed which by that time was a Seven screened theatre complex. Four of the Seven theatres were in the original auditorium. The remaining Three were in newer construction in the rear.

I have more pictures if any interest.

rlausche on September 5, 2011 at 7:54 pm

This is the way movie theaters should be build. NOt this crazy multi theater they do now. And I hate that they paly all the movies in every theater now

rivest266 on January 19, 2014 at 1:38 pm

March 24th, 1966 grand opening ad uploaded here

steve0054 on August 12, 2020 at 5:46 am

Final day of business at the Great Northern Theater was 10/22/2000. The final films shown were Get Carter, Meet The Parents, Remember The Titans, Urban Legends 2, The Watcher, Bring It On, The Replacements, and What Lies Beneath.

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