Denmark Theatre

4601 Lorain Avenue,
Cleveland, OH 44102

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RobertHeffner on December 24, 2023 at 10:37 am

I read that the State of Ohio has awarded 4601 Lorain (and the neighboring 4517 Lorain) $250,000 in historic preservation tax credits to go towards renovation.

4601 Lorain Ave. (Cleveland) Total Project Cost: $2,511,107 Total Tax Credit: $250,000 Address: 4601 Lorain Ave., Cleveland, OH 44102 Separated from 4517 Lorain Ave by a parking lot, this two-story building has distinctive bay and arched windows on the second floor. Home to a theater space hidden for decades, the building will again host performances in conjunction with a bookstore/cafe. The second floor will hold offices and support spaces. Damage from fire and water infiltration on the second floor will be remediated.

chspringer on December 24, 2014 at 10:07 pm

Added photo to photo section.

forgottencinema on December 18, 2014 at 7:46 am

Does anyone have any additional information about the current condition, including current photos of the inside, or old historical photos of the inside???

I live around the corner, and I’m curious about interior and exterior photos, both historical, and current. Thanks!!!

rivest266 on January 19, 2014 at 7:31 am

Listed as Lorain 1923-1926 and 1935-1969 in the Plain dealer. Opened as the Denmark adult cinema 1970-1971 (remember the Plain Dealer had a ban on adult cinema ads during the 1970’s.)

chspringer on July 10, 2009 at 5:13 pm

Thanks for the photos

chspringer on March 2, 2006 at 12:48 pm

If anyone has photos of any of the theatres that were on Lorain Ave, I’d love to see them.

anomie666 on February 16, 2006 at 11:40 am

Yes, you are right! I was thinking of the Variety Theater at West 117th and Lorain. I grew up right in that area (my childhood house was on Fortune Ave., a 5 minute walk from that location).

Toby on February 4, 2006 at 7:10 pm

The theatre that was taken over by “Freedom Academy” (anti-busing advocate Norbert Denerll’s former private school) as a performing arts school was the Variety, at West 117th and Lorain. The former Lorain Theatre, I think, became a porn house (the “Denmark Adult Theatre”) in the late 1960’s/early 1970’s. I do recall an adult theatre in that vicinity in the 1970’s, that closed by the late 1970’s after former mayor Ralph Perk was on his own “anti-pornography” crusade that eventually cost him the 1977 mayoral election. Afterward I think a secondhand furniture store occupied the former theatre.

anomie666 on January 28, 2006 at 6:48 am

I believe the building was taken over by a local private high school who used it as classroom space. I remember seeing “Max Dugan Returns” there in the late 70s or early 80s. I think it was the first movie I ever saw at a theater!