1630 Euclid Avenue,
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Previous Names: Cinema Theatre, Warner's Lake Theatre, Center Repertory Theatre
This was on the south side of Euclid Avenue just east of E. 17th Street. The Cinema Theatre was opened on October 14, 1928 with Richard Barthelmess in “The Patent Leather Kid”. It was equipped with a Wurlitzer organ. It was taken over by Warner Bros Circuit Management Inc. on November 18, 1930 and after an upgrade, reopened was Warner’s Lake Theatre on December 25, 1930. It had been equipped with a Western Electric sound system. It was listed as (Closed) in 1941 thru 1943.
It was taken over by the Community Circuit Theatres and renamed Esquire Theatre on October 28, 1948 with Dane Clark in “Moonrise”. It was closed on May 28, 1951. It became the studios of WJW-TV Channel 8. I have a photo of it with the title “Hit Parade of 1952” on the marquee, plus another title I can’t make out.
After Channel 8 moved down by the Shoreway, the building became the Center Repertory Theatre in the late-1970’s and they moved out in 1980. It sat vacant for a while and was demolished in the mid-1980 with the site becoming a parking lot.
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