World West Theatre

17400 Lorain Avenue,
Cleveland, OH 44111

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World West Theatre

The World West Theatre opened around 1970, and was in the Kamms Plaza shopping center. The World East Theatre and World West Theatre often had exclusive Cleveland premieres of certain art-house films.

The World West Theatre closed in 1986, and is now retail store space.

Contributed by Toby Radloff

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Patrick Crowley
Patrick Crowley on May 6, 2008 at 10:05 am

This space appears to have been converted into a supermarket.

kencmcintyre on May 6, 2008 at 11:37 am

If you look at the business listings for this address, you get all kinds of stores, drugs, florists and so on. 17400 may be a general address for a large shopping mall. Subsequently the grocery store may not be housed in the old theater building.

Toby on May 14, 2008 at 7:49 pm

The World West was in a space near the corner of the Kamms Plaza shopping center. The space where Rego’s Fresh Market is, was always a supermarket, since the strip first opened in the early 1960’s… previously being a Tops, and prior to that, a Pick-N-Pay and a Finast.

gshatterhand on June 28, 2008 at 9:39 am

You can see a photo of the World West Theater at

CSWalczak on July 14, 2009 at 10:22 pm

Both the World East (in Richmond Heights) and the World West were rather small theaters, both located in what we now tend to call strip malls; I doubt if either had more than 500 seats. They were very shoebox in design with with simple Soundfold drapery over painted cement block walls. The lobbies were tiny.

If memory serves, they were opened simultaneously by a small chain called Rappaport Theaters, which probably saw the opportunity to open small art theaters in the greater Cleveland area, especially after the Heights Art (later Madstone Centrum) and Westwood Art (originally the Hilliard Square) theaters turned to porn.

hanz on January 29, 2011 at 9:18 pm

I would like to see a picture of this theatre if anyone has one. I believe my mom took me there to see bambi in 1982. If I remember correctly the theatre was in the N/W corner or the shopping center, near where the tower stands now.

CSWalczak on January 29, 2011 at 9:34 pm

There are then-and-now pictures near the bottom of this webpage (scroll down to see them): View link The information there indicates that the theater at its opening had 450 seats.

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