Riverside Theatre

16901 Lorain Avenue,
Cleveland, OH 44111

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Previously operated by: Community Circuit Theaters, Loews

Architects: George Howard Burrows

Styles: Art Deco

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Riverside Theatre

The Riverside Theatre opened in April 1938 as a neighborhood theatre. Loews took over the theatre in the early-1970’s, and was twinned. Loews closed the theatre in the early-1990’s, and an independent operator ran it as a $2 theatre for the next couple of years.

The Riverside Theatre was demolished in 1994 to make way for a Walgreens drug store.

Contributed by Toby Radloff

Recent comments (view all 9 comments)

dave-bronx™ on March 6, 2006 at 6:44 pm

The Riverside was owned by the local chainlette called Community Circuit – headed by Bert Lefkowich. Loews bought out Community Circuit in the mid 1970s and twinned it. I think Loews ran it til it was demolished.

gshatterhand on September 10, 2008 at 1:52 pm

The photo “Lost Memory” has posted comes from our website, westparkhistory.com, where it was posted courtesy of James L. Smith.

You can see another old photo of the Riverside Theater on our site and read a bit about it.


gshatterhand on September 10, 2008 at 2:12 pm

No problem, Lost Memory. I wanted to be certain to get James L. Smith’s name credited.

TLSLOEWS on April 21, 2010 at 2:33 pm

NIce shots of the LOEWS RIVERSIDE.

rivest266 on March 13, 2011 at 10:06 am

April 17th, 1938 ad is at View link

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 19, 2014 at 7:32 pm

The Riverside Theatre in Cleveland was listed in the “New Theaters” column of The Film Daily for April 9, 1938. The item named the architect only as Burrows. This must have been George Howard Burrows, architect of at least five other theaters in north central Ohio.

DavidZornig on November 19, 2018 at 4:27 pm

Link with photos of the West Park and Riverside Theatres.


DavidZornig on November 19, 2018 at 4:28 pm

Riverside direct link here.


AstolfoSaber9 on July 26, 2022 at 6:51 am

1978 photo of the Riverside Theater added.



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