Parmatown Mall Cinemas

8141 West Ridgewood Drive,
Parma, OH 44129

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Lobby, about 1972

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Opened November 15, 1967 – William Riseman Associates, Architects – Cinema I 1,050 seats – Cinema II 1,050 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 1980’s – Closed by GCC around 2002 – renovated to become Cinema Grill Cafe – unsuccessful – operated by Cleveland Cinemas – closed in August of 2004.

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David Wodeyla on April 27, 2006 at 4:43 pm

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

dave-bronx™ on April 27, 2006 at 9:30 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™ on January 13, 2007 at 12:51 am

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 on January 14, 2007 at 7:09 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 on November 4, 2009 at 11:37 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 on March 13, 2011 at 10:01 am

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

dave-bronx™ on February 23, 2012 at 12:41 pm

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.

dave-bronx™ on March 25, 2016 at 6:46 pm

Well, not only is the Cinema gone, but the desperately needed sporting goods store that replaced it is gone too, along the indoor mall and the May/Kaufmann/Macy building. The local entities that have owned it since the earth cooled let it go into receivership and then it was sold. The new ownership is redeveloping it into what it was originally – a regular outdoor shopping plaza.

dave-bronx™ on March 25, 2016 at 8:53 pm

Oh, and I forgot to mention the shopping center has been re-named The Shoppes at Parma – you may think I’m kidding but I’m not, that’s really the new name.

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