1504 Central Avenue,
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Firms: Rapp, Zettle & Rapp
Previous Names: Metropolitan Theatre, State Cinema, Allison's West End Theatre
A Beaux Arts style structure which was given an Art Moderne remodel in the 1940’s stood about two blocks from the earlier Casino Theater (1913) by the same architects, Rapp, Zettle & Rapp of Cincinnati and financed by the Provident Bank. It was an early venue of I. Frankel of Cleveland who had a small string of theatres in the Cincinnati area.
It opened as the Metropolitan Theatre on December 7, 1915. The theatre had no balcony, but had a 20ft deep stage. It became an African-American movie theatre in the early-1930’s when it was renamed State Theatre. Also, big name African-American artistes appeared on its stage. It became the State Cinema in the 1960’s. In the late-1970’s it was taken over by Gary Goldman and the name reverted back to State Theatre, which closed on August 28, 1983. In October 1985 it was renamed Allison’s West End Theatre first presenting live performances and then movies from March 1986. Allison’s West End Theatre closed in 1989. It became the home of the Lighthouse Ministries church which closed on December 9, 2018. It was demolished in March 2019.
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