La Salle Theatre

823 E 185th Street,
Cleveland, OH 44119

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Architects: Nicola Petti

Functions: Banquet Hall

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La Salle Theatre

This neighborhood theatre, on E. 185th Street in Cleveland, opened on March 1, 1928 with Billie Dove in “The Love Mart”. It was closed for refurbishment in 1949, reopening on September 29, 1949 with Richard Widmark in “Slattery’s Hurricane”. It closed around 1990 or so. It was used for neighborhood gatherings and other uses since, but the theatre is vacant more than it is used. At least the building’s owners are keeping it maintained and by 2021 it was in use as a banquet hall.

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Eric K.
Eric K. on January 11, 2011 at 7:27 pm

I only went to the La Salle one time, in June 1989. My Dad took me to see Batman. I was 7 ½ years old, but still remember it fondly.

I have since gone inside when they have it open to the public, usually for the occasional Euclid Beach Park exhibits or when the 185th Street Fair (RIP) was still around.

clevelandrox on January 15, 2012 at 2:00 pm

I practically LIVED at this theater…I always waited till the movies I wanted to see came there. Before the show, I’d always stand in the back and watch to see if any of my friends came in, so we could chat before the flick started. And during the holidays, they had kiddie matinees on Saturdays…everyone in the neighborhood was there! What great times…I believe the last movie there was “Mermaids”.

jrock on January 24, 2012 at 5:24 pm

I loved this theatre…well, better put, I love it now. As a kid, it was just one of the theatres I could walk to and at times it had films I wanted to see. It’s only with hindsight that I realize how important it was to me. So glad its still standing and really hoping that some good come to it. I remember my mother taking me to see Apocalypse Now as an 12 yr old, but mostly I remember seeing The Breakfast Club there, maybe 6 times. At that time, if you went on a week night (not sure which) they gave you a free ticket for the next week. That movie was popular enough (in general and with my girlfriend and I) that it played for several weeks and we went week after week….at times we may have been the only ones in the theatre. Of course, we did not complain one bit about that!

joycets684 on June 6, 2012 at 2:10 pm

This theatre was closest to my grandma’s house (and the Slovenian Home for Aged in which she died) and my mother admitted to spending time with my father “in the back row…” with dad when they were young.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 1, 2012 at 12:02 pm

The front of the LaSalle Theatre bears a remarkable resemblance to that of the State Theatre in Toledo, which was also designed in 1927 by architect Nicola Petti. I think he might have used the same plans for both houses. Unfortunately, the State Theatre has been demolished.

rivest266 on January 19, 2014 at 7:18 am

Reopening ad from September 29th, 1949

edwardkern on October 16, 2015 at 11:07 pm

I worked at the lasalle theatre in the 80s. I sold tickets first and then became a projectionist there. sonny kern 216-990-5209

rivest266 on November 28, 2021 at 2:09 pm

The La Salle theatre opened on March 1st, 1928. Grand opening ad posted.

Chris on January 22, 2022 at 5:00 pm

It is active. Check out their page.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 22, 2022 at 7:41 pm

Clickable link. The LaSalle Theatre is currently in operation as an event venue. Judging from the gallery on their web site, it is most often used for weddings and receptions. The auditorium floor has been leveled into three terraces which can be used for tables, but otherwise the theater appears to be largely intact.

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