Loews East

631 Richmond Road,
Richmond Heights, OH 44143

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The Loews East opened in 1966 in the Richmond Mall in Richmond Heights. The original single screen theatre was twinned in the 1970’s, and was decorated with attractive Hollywood graphics on the walls. In the early 1980’s, a six-screen annex was built next door.

The original Loews theatre closed in 1997 when Richmond Mall was extensively remodeled. The site of the original theatre is where the food court is now. In 1999, Loews opened a 20-plex in a new section of the mall adjacent to the food court. This entry is for the original Loews theatre at Richmond Mall.

Contributed by Toby Radloff

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CSWalczak
CSWalczak on February 22, 2010 at 8:46 pm

When the theater first opened, the entry was inside the mall. The face of the theater had one of those murals of black-and-white iconic film images that appeared in a number of Loew’s theaters constructed in that era. There was no projecting marquee; the signboard was flat against the wall above the entry.

Later, when the theater was expanded, the box office for all the screening rooms was situated outside of the mall proper, a part of the new construction, located just outside of the wing of the mall where the original main entry was located. However, you had to enter the mall and use the original entryway if the film you were seeing was in one of the older two screening rooms. The original auditorium and the later twinned version had this bizarre lavender and chartreuse color scheme.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on February 22, 2010 at 9:11 pm

Thanks for the info CWalczak.

rlausche
rlausche on March 8, 2010 at 3:09 am

A few years before closing Loews remodeled the twin theater. It was alot nicer. They had to do it because people were not coming to see films in these houses. They were run down and nothing done to them since it was twin in 72. It did good bussiness for many years. But then people started to go to other newer houses that were kept up better. I did have many good Sat Nites with Chuck (manager of the theater in the 80’s I believe.) Wonder what happen to him.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on March 8, 2010 at 3:15 am

If he’s like alot of old theatre dawgs,he is probably on CT.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 5, 2010 at 1:33 pm

Here is a photo of the entrance to Loew’s East on the cover of the Modern Theatre section of Boxoffice, January 16, 1967. The description (on the following page) says that the Loew’s West in Cleveland was opened the same day as Loew’s East.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 6, 2010 at 9:44 am

None of the Boxoffice links at Issuu are working tonight. I think the magazine might have removed its archive from the site.

When I first found the Boxoffice archive on Issuu, I didnt link to any of the articles I cited. This was because I didn’t know who had uploaded them, so I feared they might be removed at any time. But after I found that the publishers of Boxoffice had uploaded the archive there themselves I began linking, thinking they would probably remain available. It looks like I might have been wrong.

I hope it’s just a temporary glitch, but everything else at Issuu appears to be working fine, so it does seem likely that Boxoffice has changed its mind about making its archive available online. That would be too bad. It was a useful resource, and I certainly don’t have anything else to compare with it. Plus, Cinema Treasures will now have another goatload of dead links, a large percentage of which I put there.

rivest266
rivest266 on March 13, 2011 at 4:35 pm

Loew’s East and West opened on July 13th, 1966
Ad with picture at View link

8-plex opening ad from December 12th, 1990 is at
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dhroc
dhroc on June 18, 2011 at 2:16 am

That lavander color scheme (Thanks,I was never sure what it was) was standard stuff for Loew’s in the 60’s.

rlausche
rlausche on September 6, 2011 at 3:48 am

Chuck 1231 Where you the manager at this theater in the mid 70’s to sometime in the 80’s

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