Thursday, February 5, 2015

Loew's State Theatre, 1921

Today is the 94th anniversary of the opening of Loew's State Theatre.
Front of Loew's State, January 30, 1931, George Mann photo.
Below is a special section from the Plain Dealer, February 5, 1921.
The opening attraction, from Motion Picture News, July 10, 1920.
An early prologue, from Exhibitors Trade Review, December 3, 1921.
Shubert Vaudeville at Loew's State, from Variety, September 20, 1922. This was the second attempt by Lee and Jake to break the Keith - Albee hold on big time vaude, it didn't work out any better for them than the first attempt.
Shubert Vaude ad, from the Plain Dealer, November 4, 1922.
Aftermath of the Shubert disaster, from Variety, March 15, 1923.
Rock and Roll at Loew's State, from The Plain Dealer, June 5, 1953.
The WHK Big Show of 1967, with The Blues Magoos, Jefferson Airplane, Keith, and The Cryan' Shames, from The Plain Dealer, January 8, 1967. This was the last show on the original stage.
Loew's State becomes a Cinerama theatre, The Plain Dealer, March 16, 1967. This didn't work out very well, two years later the theatre would close "forever."
The lobby would become home to the Playhouse Square Cabaret in 1973, with the long running hit Show, Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris. From The Plain Dealer, March 8, 1973.
Undated photo of the auditorium, from The Cleveland Public Library.

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