Uptown Theatre

10545 St. Clair Avenue,
Cleveland, OH 44108

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Hibi on October 18, 2022 at 5:06 pm

I’ve never heard of this theater. It looks quite lavish. Did it close in the early 50s? What a shame.

kclewis2004 on January 21, 2015 at 2:01 am

As a kid growing up in the area of 105th St Clair, the Giant Tigers Discount Store seemed out of place with its neighboring buildings and especially the Glenville Masonic Temple. I later learned it was the site of the Uptown Theatre which explained the huge parking lot in the back knowing that could not have been for the GT or Krogers. It was also the site of one of several visits to the neighborhood by Dr Martin Luther King during Carl Stokes' 1967 mayoral campaign. The Uptown seated nearly 3,600 and it had a huge parking lot to match!

Yo on July 16, 2014 at 11:08 am

Was the Uptown a WPA project? There was the Uptown, Doan and I think a third theater across from the Doan. Anyone remember that? Could have been a movie I saw, but I have a sketchy memory of someone being murdered or attacked in there.I must have been very young and happened late 30’s or early ‘40’s.

Yo on July 15, 2014 at 6:21 pm

I remember the Uptown theater and have tried to find photos of the interior. I seem to remember a fountain in the lobby. Over the years family members said that my father was one of the workmen on the fountain and (supposedly) patterned our backyard fountain after the Uptown one. Have never been able to find photos on the internet. It would be fun to compare our yard fountain with the Uptown’s to see if they are alike (but smaller of course).Does anyone have photos of the interior? Thank you. Yo

rivest266 on January 19, 2014 at 1:35 pm

Uptown grand opening ads in photo section.

Bob44c on January 4, 2014 at 4:48 pm

Was the Uptown located on the northeast side of St.Clair and East 105th street? If so it would have been next to the Glenville Masonic Temple. I remember when they tore the theatre down and replaced it with a Giant Tiger Discount Department Store and remember going their with my parents. The East 105 and St Clair theatre district was one of three on the east side of Cleveland with Playhouse Square and East 105 and Euclid. I don’t know if I was ever in the Uptown, but I do know my parents were since my grandparents lived off of Eddy Road on Paxton for many years.

east115 on September 23, 2013 at 9:32 am

Wow – I grew up in the Glenville area and over the years must have been to the Uptown about 50 times so lots of memories including many Saturday afternoon kids matinees.. 1.A little nitpicking , the child price wasn’t 10 cents but 11 cents including a 1 cent tax — I remember my mother carefully giving me 21 cents – 11 cents for the ticket and 10 cents for popcorn. 2.In 1948 my Cub Scout den won a $2 prize which we used for all of us to go to the Uptown and see Errol Flynn’s Robin Hood, now considered a classic. We had enough left over to get each of us a sundae! 3.In the forties and fifties you didn’t go to the movies but to “the show”. 4.In 1955 I was driving dates to movies so I went downtown or out to the suburbs – the Uptown was beginning to be considered unsafe. My family also moved to the suburbs in ‘56. 5.A couple of years ago I saw a TV show on Glenville which included a deal on the Superman museum. The two fellows who created the greatest comic book character of all time grew up in the Glenville area. Alas, they were legally cheated out of the fortune they rightfully deserved.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 31, 2012 at 7:04 pm

The Cleveland Landmarks Commission’s list of buildings designed by Nicola Petti also includes the Uptown Theatre.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 6, 2012 at 3:58 pm

The July 2, 1929, issue of The Film Daily ran the following obituary for architect Nicola Petti:

“Cleveland — Nocoli [sic] Petti, local architect who designed ten local picture theaters, is dead after a brief illness. He was 49 years old. Among the houses designed by Petti are the Uptown, Variety, Kinsman, Cedar-Lee and Imperial. He is survived by three sons and two daughters.”

hehrman on January 30, 2012 at 4:16 pm

To all of the above, here is true history, right from the horses mouth. I was the Assistant Manager of the Uptown Theater from approximately 1947 through 1950. And it was definitely UPTOWN not UP-TOWN. And whats more, it did have at least 3,200 seats, because one year I had to count them for the City tax rolls. On June 11, 1948, the theater hosted a “Major Bowes” type amateur Show, sponsored by ESSO, (forerunner of EXXON), the winner of which would appear on that new fandagoed box called television. Thats when I met my wife to be, (now going on 62 years). Fond Memories. Admission was $.50 adult, $.25 junion & $.10 child.

rivest266 on March 13, 2011 at 1:24 pm

This opened on November 22nd, 1928
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buckguy on February 27, 2010 at 12:59 pm

St. Clair & 105th was far more than a few blocks from Loew’s Park & the Keith’s 105th.

Norm Lindway
Norm Lindway on June 30, 2008 at 5:03 pm

The Uptown Theater was operated by Warner Bros. theaters as well as the smaller Doan theater across the street on St. Clair Avenue in the Glenville section of Cleveland, the Variety on the west side, the Colony at Shaker Square and the Vogue in Shaker Heights. Warners, then known as Stanley Warner Theaters built the Great Northern Theater in North Olmsted in the early 1960s.

JoeMosbrook on April 2, 2005 at 11:04 am

In 1955, the Uptown Theatre’s last year, it presented live entertainment by the Lionel Hampton Orchestra, Sarah Vaughan, Al Hibbler, Muddy Waters and the Les Brown Orchestra. I would appreciate any additional information about the Uptown Theatre. Thanks!
Joe Mosbrook

Hibi on January 6, 2005 at 3:38 pm

Speaking of Cleveland theaters, does anyone know what happened to the Old Mayfield theater in Little Italy? I cant find a listing for it here.

dave-bronx™ on October 5, 2004 at 4:15 pm

That figure is probably correct – there were several large theatres in this neighborhood, comparable to the big downtown theatres. A couple of blocks over was the Loew’s Park and Keith’s 105, and each of those had over 3000 seats.