Fairmount Theatre

20601 Fairmount Boulevard,
Shaker Heights, OH 44118

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Architects: George Howard Burrows

Functions: Bank

Styles: Art Deco, Colonial Revival

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Fairmount Theatre

This theatre, in the Fairmount Circle area of Shaker Heights to the east of Cleveland, opened in 1942 and closed in 1961. A Huntington Bank branch office is in the theatre building now.

Contributed by Toby Radloff

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 31, 2009 at 9:14 pm

The Fairmount was featured in an ad for the American Seating Company’s Bodiform Theatre Chairs in the June 19, 1948 issue of Boxoffice Magazine. The caption to the photo of the auditorium identified the architect of the theater as George H. Burrows, of Cleveland.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 23, 2009 at 2:58 am

The Fairmount Theatre actually opened in 1942, and was featured in a two-page spread in Boxoffice Magazine’s issue of September 12 that year. Architect George H. Burrows, also the designer of the Shaker and Telenews theaters in Cleveland, gave the Fairmount a Colonial exterior but used an Art Moderne style in the auditorium.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 17, 2012 at 1:49 pm

Yes, that’s the Fairmount in the ad, with the wrong location in the caption. The two-page article about the Fairmount in Boxoffice of September 12, 1942, begins at this link. There’s another photo of the auditorium on the second page, showing the opposite wall from the one in the ad, but it’s a bit washed out.

Norm Lindway
Norm Lindway on January 25, 2013 at 11:00 am

The article in Box Office Magazine dated Sept.12,1942 stated that the Fairmount did not have a balcony but was built so a 300 seat balcony could be added later. It was never added. Newer theaters such as the Vogue, Richmond and Mayland built after the Fairmount, probably meant that the balcony was not needed since the 1600 seats were enough to accommodate the audiences. The Fairmount closed before these other theaters did. I wonder if a decrease in attendance caused its demise? They seemed to have large crowds on Saturday evenings in the mid and late 50’s.

east115 on August 25, 2013 at 11:57 am

I find it hard to believe the F. closed in ‘59 — B4 my Case graduation in '59 (after graduation I moved to the west coast)I went to the F. many times as it was a nice theater in a nice part of town which next to the downtown flicks was a good place for a date —in fact in '59 (or 58)I saw the Academy Award winning “Gigi” there.

rivest266 on January 19, 2014 at 9:46 am

Listings in the Plain Dealer 1942-1961

Bobgreenberger on September 30, 2015 at 10:29 pm

My family owned the theatre from its opening to closing. I was only 4 when it closed but remember weekends there with my family eating free popcorn and the shaker heights police driving my dad to the bank with the deposits.my grandfather Henry was a partner with his family in community circuit theatres, which owned the rich,one, cedar Lee and later village square. TV and home airconditioners impacted many movie housed through the late 50s and 60s. It wasn’t until the 70s that multi screen venues began to open up. My dad wore a tux on Saturday nights to give an air of formality. It’s amazing how much I remember since I only got to spend about a year hanging out there but the memories are still fresh in my mind. A big impact on a 4 year old.

AndreasP on November 15, 2017 at 3:45 am

This is actually in Shaker Heights, OH, not Cleveland itself.

zabriskie on December 9, 2019 at 4:11 am

The Fairmount’s big first run engagement was for THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK in ‘59 and then went back to 2nd runs before eventually closing.

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