Reel Theatre

2049 E. 9th Street,
Cleveland, OH 44115

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 8, 2023 at 7:17 pm

A photo of the entrance, a floor plan and a cross section of the Reel Theatre appear on page 32 of the November, 1914 issue of The Ohio Architect, Engineer and Builder (Google Books preview). The theater is discussed in the text on pages 33-34. The plan notes a seating capacity of 300.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 29, 2018 at 1:17 pm

Alan F. Dutka’s Historic Movie Theaters of Downtown Cleveland says that the Reel Theatre opened as a second run house charging five and ten cents for admission. Manager George W. Ryder billed the house as “the most beautiful small picture theatre in the world.”

The Reel Theatre featured a Fotoplayer to provide musical accompaniment to the silent movies. A demonstration of a Fotoplayer can be found on this page of the Silent Cinema Society’s web site.

The conversion of a number of old vaudeville houses to movies and the construction of several new and larger movie theaters in Cleveland soon outclassed the Reel Theatre, and it was dismantled in 1919.