Empire Theatre

750 Huron Road,
Cleveland, OH 44115

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Architects: Morris Gleichman

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Empire Theatre

The Empire Theatre was opened in 1900.

Contributed by John Ivancic

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 18, 2013 at 6:25 pm

The Empire Theatre opened in 1900 as the first house in Cleveland built specifically for vaudeville. Within a few years it had been converted into a burlesque theater. I’ve found references to the Empire operating as a burlesque house as late as 1923, but the building was most likely demolished in 1925, the year construction began on the Ohio Bell Building (now the AT&T Huron Road Building) which now occupies the theater’s site.

I’ve been unable to discover if the Empire Theatre ever showed movies, but IMDb says that it was in one.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 10, 2015 at 2:24 pm

Cleveland Architects Database (PDF here attributes the design of the Empire Theatre to architect Morris Gleichman.

gwengordon on September 18, 2015 at 11:55 am

Hello, I’ve found a scrapbook in my garage containing memorabilia from this theatre. I would like to send to someone interested in the history of theatre in Cleveland early 1900’s … is there an association I should contact. I’m in California.

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