Richmond Theatre

5144 Mayfield Road,
Lyndhurst, OH 44124

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steve0054 on August 12, 2020 at 5:27 am

The Loews Richmond Theaters final day of business was 12/1/1991 and had become a second-run discount theater not long after the expansion of the nearby Loews East at Richmond Mall from 2 to 8 screens a year earlier. The final movies shown at Loews Richmond were Ernest Scared Stupid, Terminator 2, and Freddy’s Dead.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 26, 2019 at 9:45 pm

The Richmond Theatre was built in 1949. The February 14, 1951 issue of The Exhibitor ran this article about the theater’s second anniversary:

“Lyndhurst, O., House Gets Award

“Cleveland —Several hundred people braved the sub-zero temperature to participate in the triple anniversary celebration held in the Richmond, deluxe first subsequent run in the suburb of Lyndhurst, O.

“It being the second birthday anniversary of the theatre, this date was selected as most fitting to receive the much coveted Exhibitor award as one of the ‘most modern and well appointed of all theatres constructed in 1949.’ Presentation was made on the stage by Ernest Schwartz, president, Cleveland Motion Picture Exhibitors Association, to Bert Lefkowich, Community Circuit, son of one of the theatre owners. In accepting the trophy, Lefkowich expressed his appreciation, and paid tribute to Max Marmorstein, realtor, who made the project possible, and Joseph Weinberg, architect, responsible for the architectural and decorative design of the structure.

“The ceremonies also included presentation to Mayor Elmer T. Elbrecht of an engraved plaque from the businessmen to commemorate the suburb’s change of status from a village to that of a city. Speakers included ex-Congressman-at-large Stephen Young and Mrs. William McCabe, who presented a check in the amount of $480 to Ernest Schwartz, representing ‘The March of Dimes’ collections in the Richmond under her leadership.

“Carrying out the anniversary theme, the feature attraction was ‘Mr. Music,’ which called for a congratulatory telegram from Bing Crosby. Congressman Frances P. Bolton also wired her congratulations from Washington.

“Max Greenwald, manager, Richmond, made all arrangements for the celebration.”

CSWalczak on July 2, 2012 at 11:53 am

Actually, as far as triplexing goes, this one was not insensitive; two small screening rooms were built in the back section of the main floor, left and right of the entranceway to what became the main center screen. These extended down about a third or half-way into the original auditorium.(see auditorium photo). But aside from that, the center theater very much resembled the the original auditorium; those plaster curls and the big screen were retained. (A similar triplexing was carried out in the original auditorium of the Lake in Euclid). The Richmond was a very large theater for a suburban house and probably would not have survived as long as it did without the triplexing.

This was one the theaters I went to frequently in the 1960s. “Goldfinger” played for many weeks there; I also remember seeing “Thunderball” and “Wait Until Dark” at the Richmond.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on April 29, 2012 at 6:36 pm

nice until tripled i bet,just like my old Theatre NATIONAL HILLS.

DavidC on April 29, 2012 at 3:13 pm

The Google street view for this theater is on the wrong side of the street and too far East. This is the correct streetview: (5104 Mayfield Rd, Lyndhurst, Ohio). The site is a parking lot.

Eric K.
Eric K. on January 11, 2011 at 7:43 pm

I only went to this theater one time. My dad took me here to see Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare, in 1991 (I was about 9). I think it closed down not too long after.

It was a Designer Show Warehouse for years. Then in 2009 half of this plaza was torn down (including DSW) and became a parking lot for the Aldi’s grocery store they built in the back.

As a kid I went to the comic book shop Northcoast Nostalgia which was pretty much next door all the time (this is about 1994-1998). Since the building it was in was torn down as well, Northcoast moved its operations not very far at all; it is now in the plaza in the back adjacent to the Aldi’s.

Farbfilmfan on October 17, 2009 at 5:11 pm

Theater has been down for some months now — clearing was to create a parking lot and visibility from Mayfield Road for an Aldi’s grocery store erected at the rear of the property. Store opened in August/September 2009.

reuben10 on March 21, 2008 at 3:50 pm

The demolition is now complete on this theatre. Two pictures are available if you mail to

reuben10 on November 11, 2007 at 8:51 am

As of this week, a fence has been erected around the perimeter of the property, and all storefronts have been cleared Bobcat-style. The auditorium has an open section of its west wall, obscured by plastic sheeting, and construction equipment is on site. It doesn’t, unfortunately, look like a renovation, and if it is, it’s one where the end result is a shell.

moviefan03 on March 24, 2007 at 3:04 am

The shoe store that occupies the Richmond Theater has closed. The building is now vacant.

dave-bronx™ on August 14, 2004 at 1:03 am

Loews bought the local Community Circuit chain, which included this theatre along with the Riverside, Village, Berea and Showplace theatres. This was an orchestra only, no balcony or stadium, in an art-deco style. The auditorium ceiling was sculptured plaster and had purple neon cove lighting. It had been well taken care of by the previous owner. When they triplexed the Richmond it actually didn’t look too bad, it retained a lot of it’s original character. They put two theatres in the back half of the auditorium with 10 or 15 foot wide passageway between them that accessed the third theatre which was the front half of the original auditorium, full width, with the stage left intact.