Loew's Stillman Theatre

1111 Euclid Avenue,
Cleveland, OH 44115

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 4, 2021 at 11:26 pm

Marcus Loew acquired the Stillman in 1917, according to the September 1 issue of The Moving Picture World that year. The chain acquired to Valentine Theatre in Toledo at the same time. The pair were the first Loew’s houses in Ohio.

thom5340 on January 6, 2021 at 12:18 pm

The Stillman Theatre had an Austin Pipe Organ of 3 manuals and 35 ranks! Quite a large instrument!

robboehm on June 13, 2015 at 6:44 pm

TLSLOEWS uploaded two pictures of the exterior from a site called Franks Place.

rivest266 on January 19, 2014 at 7:26 am

Grand opening ad uploaded in the photo section

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on June 25, 2010 at 1:48 pm

Tlsloews,hard as I try every LOEWS theatre I find you have left a comment before me!

TLSLOEWS on June 24, 2010 at 7:21 pm

Great photo in 1949 Boxoffice Gerald.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on June 24, 2010 at 7:58 am

Gang in front of house, Boxoffice magazine, July 16, 1949:
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buckguy on December 9, 2009 at 2:02 pm

@Archie: The department stores did not close “year by year”. Taylor’s closed in ‘61. Bailey relocated to the old Bing Furniture store and lasted until '66. Sterling’s lasted until '68. Halle’s 'til the end of '81, and so forth.

TLSLOEWS on December 1, 2009 at 12:43 pm

Thanks CWallczac I love these pictures.Got any of the exterior?

CSWalczak on December 1, 2009 at 11:12 am

There are several pictures here, as well as an architectural drawing:
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TLSLOEWS on December 1, 2009 at 10:55 am

Too bad there are no old pictures.

zabriskie on January 23, 2009 at 12:42 am

I loved Loew’s Stillman.It was classy and luxurious.it closed because all of the downtown theatres were hurt by first run movies beginning to play the suburbs and then newer theatres, and white flight to the ‘burbs. All of downtown was dying by the late 60’s. The department stores closed year by year: Halle’s , Sterling Linder, Bailey’s, Taylor’s, Higbee’s, the May Co. I remember standing in a huge line going way down Euclid to see PSYCHO at the Stillman when i was a kid. Very exciting. the showings were sold out. Big showes at the Stillman besides GWTW, and LAWRENCE OF ARABIA were GIGI and long runs of BUTTERFIELD 8, THE WORLD OF SUZIE WONG, THE APARTMENT, RAINTREE COUNTY.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 20, 2009 at 12:13 am

Also, the article mentions that the style of the Stillman was inspired by the Theatre Royal in Drury Lane, London, as redecorated by the Adam brothers in 1775, and the photos reveal what I would certainly call an Adamesque design.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 20, 2009 at 12:04 am

The architects of the Stillman Theatre were George B. Post & Sons, with Thomas Lamb as theater consultant. The Stillman was the subject of an extensive illustrated article in a 1918 issue of Architectural Record, which begins on page 309 of this digitized volume available at Google Books.

wheelgrabber on February 9, 2006 at 8:10 am

The correct address of the Loew’s Stillman was 1111 Euclid Avenue which is now the parking garage for the Statler Arms Apartments. They are located at 1127 Euclid Avenue.

jsomich on January 21, 2005 at 11:22 am

The STILLMAN THEATER was among the most elaborate motion-picture houses in the U.S. It opened in 1916 on the former estate of STILLMAN WITT†, a railroad builder, at 1115 Euclid Ave., and had a seating capacity of 1,800. As one of the 3 downtown outlets of the Loew’s movie chain, it shared first-run MGM feature films with the STATE THEATER and the OHIO THEATER. The Stillman closed on 28 July 1963. While the auditorium was demolished in favor of a parking garage, remnants of the lobby could still be viewed in the garage entrance in 1993.

jsomich on January 10, 2005 at 11:01 am

to: TJ
I really don’t know about the stage, but I would guess that they had some backstage facilities. I don’t think very many alterations were made for 70mm. The booth was VERY cramped with it’s 3 Century 35/70mm projectors. As in most older houses, the projection angle was quite steep. It would have been preferable to build a mezzanine booth similar to the Palace. When the Palace ended their 3-strip Cinerama presentations, they could have installed 70mm machines in the upstairs booth, but chose to do the mezzanine job. The net result is a shorter throw and almost straight-on, reducing distortion quite a bit.

Hibi on January 10, 2005 at 10:51 am

Jim, did the Stillman have full stage facilities? Was the theater significantly altered for 70mm?

Hibi on January 7, 2005 at 11:48 am

LOL! How original.

dave-bronx™ on January 7, 2005 at 11:43 am

…and the restaurant was called The Old Allen.

Hibi on January 7, 2005 at 9:12 am

I seem to remember they partitioned the Allen and were using the auditorium for a laser show or something for awhile. The restaurant was up front. Cant remember the name of either of them. I dont think they lasted long.