Parmatown Mall Cinemas

8141 West Ridgewood Drive,
Parma, OH 44129

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Lobby, about 1972

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Opened 11/15/1967 – William Riseman Associates, Architects – Cinema I 1050 seats – Cinema II 1050 seats – first 2-screen theatre built from ground up in Cleveland, second in Ohio (first in Ohio was Chapel Hill Cinema I & II, Akron). Cinema I split in half 1973 seating 472 and 440 – Cinema II split into 3 early 1980s – Closed by GCC around 2002 – renovated to become Cinema Grill Cafe – unsuccessful – operated by Cleveland Cinemas – closed in August of 2004.

Contributed by dave-bronx

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moviefan03
moviefan03 on April 27, 2006 at 1:11 pm

I am a student at Kent State. I used the newspaper archives and scanned the ad in the November 15, 1967 Plain Dealer advertising the opening of this theater, as well as Shoregate that opened that same day. Anyone interested in seeing this ad, let me know. I’ll send it via e-mail!

David Wodeyla
David Wodeyla on April 27, 2006 at 1:43 pm

I’d love to see those ads. My email is

dave-bronx™
dave-bronx™ on April 27, 2006 at 6:30 pm

If you could send it to me too, I’d appreciate it – – I have it packed away somewhere back in Ohio but I haven’t seen it in 20 years – as I recall it was a full-page with a lot of red ink, and used the script “Cinema I & II” for the sigs.

dave-bronx™
dave-bronx™ on January 12, 2007 at 10:51 pm

Does Forest City/RMS still own the Parmatown Mall? It is not listed in the FCE website portfolio of properties. If not, who did they sell it to? Also, have leased out the empty stores now that they have Wal-Mart and Dick’s Sporting Goods in that western end of the mall?

RKwitkowski
RKwitkowski on January 14, 2007 at 5:09 am

As far as I know, RMS still owns the mall, which is one of the reasons why it still isn’t doing well. I haven’t stepped into that mall in over a half a year, but according to the online mall directory, they haven’t had any success in bringing stores to the west wing, even with DICKS and Wal-Mart.

hotspace1
hotspace1 on November 4, 2009 at 9:37 am

The south part of the mall where Penney’s main entrance is, is like a ghost town. There are very few stores there left in that section. Some that are left are moving to the main part of the mall.

hotspace1
hotspace1 on November 4, 2009 at 9:37 am

The south part of the mall where Penney’s main entrance is, is like a ghost town. There are very few stores there left in that section. Some that are left are moving to the main part of the mall.

rivest266
rivest266 on March 13, 2011 at 7:01 am

November 15th, 1967 ad for this and the Shoregate Cinema is at View link

dave-bronx™
dave-bronx™ on February 23, 2012 at 10:41 am

For those associated with the Cinema from way back in the early years: Mr. Ray Stibich, evening manager for many years, has passed away in Florida. Services in Ohio. Obit in the PD 2/23&24/2012 for further info.

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