Beach Cliff Theatre

19300 Detroit Road,
Rocky River, OH 44116

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Previously operated by: Modern Theaters

Architects: William Stanley Ferguson

Functions: Retail

Styles: Art Deco

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Beach Cliff Theatre

The Beach Cliff Theatre opened in August 28, 1937 and closed in the mid-1970’s. The theatre space was remodeled into the Beachcliff Market Square Mall, with shops in the old auditorium space. The marquee is still used to advertise the mall.

Contributed by Toby Radloff

Recent comments (view all 6 comments)

kencmcintyre on April 30, 2008 at 6:31 pm

Here is some information about the theater renovation:

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 10, 2009 at 3:25 am

Plans for this as-yet unnamed theater located on Detroit Road in Rocky River were announced in Boxoffice Magazine of September 19, 1936. Cleveland theater architect W.S. Ferguson was designing the project for the Rocky River Development Company. Projected seating capacity was 1,227.

I’ve been unable to find the exact opening date, but the September 4, 1937, issue of Boxoffice said in a brief item that 2,000 people had attended an “open house” at the new Beach Cliff Theatre.

So far, the only picture of the theater I’ve found from the period of its opening is a shot of the projection booth that was the frontispiece of the Modern Theatre section of Boxoffice, October 16, 1937.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 12, 2009 at 1:21 am

A small photo of the lobby of the Beach Cliff appears in a carpeting ad in Boxoffice, October 1, 1949. As this was thirteen years after the Beach Cliff opened (see my previous comment) the house must have been newly re-carpeted.

TLSLOEWS on May 10, 2010 at 5:25 pm

Nice reuse of this theatre.New marquee does look good.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 27, 2011 at 1:16 am

A photo of the lobby of the Beach Cliff Theatre appeared as the frontispiece of the Modern Theatre section of Boxoffice of January 8, 1938.

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