“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Downtown in Cleveland in Cuyahoga County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

Cleveland Theater District

Cleveland Theater District Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Christopher Busta-Peck, April 11, 2009
1. Cleveland Theater District Marker
Inscription.  The Theater District, bound by Chester Avenue, Prospect Avenue, East 18th, East 9th and East 12th Streets, came into being at the turn of the 20th century, when Cleveland emerged as a thriving metropolis. Built between 1890-1928, the area hosted a variety of fine retail stores, theaters, prestigious clubs, restaurants, and distinct office buildings. The rise of television and flight to the suburbs sent downtown entertainment into a death spiral, until a 1970 grass roots effort saved from demolition the surviving post-World War I theaters (the State, Ohio, Hanna, Allen, and Palace), making it the "world's largest theater restoration project." It became a catalyst for reinvestment in downtown properties, restoring civic pride and giving testimonial to the creative vision of the city's civic leaders and citizenry. By the year 2000, Cleveland's Theater District boasted the nation's 2nd largest performing arts center.
Erected 2002 by the Ohio Bicentennial Commission, the Longaberger Company, Cleveland Theater District Development Corp., Garden Club of Cleveland, Shaker Garden Club, and the Ohio Historical
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Society. (Marker Number 32-18.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, MusicEntertainmentIndustry & Commerce. In addition, it is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1970.
Location. 41° 30.046′ N, 81° 40.936′ W. Marker is in Cleveland, Ohio, in Cuyahoga County. It is in Downtown. Marker is at the intersection of Euclid Avenue (U.S. 20) and East 14th Street, on the right when traveling east on Euclid Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Cleveland OH 44115, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 'Abdu'l-Bahá and the Bahá'í Faith (within shouting distance of this marker); Detective Martin J. McFadden (within shouting distance of this marker); Cleveland Grays (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Union Club (about 600 feet away); Erie Street Cemetery Chapel Flooring Stones (approx. 0.2 miles away); Spirit of '76 (approx. 0.2 miles away); In Memory of Those Whose Bodies Were Moved From Ontario Street Cemetery to Erie Street Cemetery (approx. 0.2 miles away); Chief Joc-O-Sot (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cleveland.
Cleveland Theater District image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Christopher Busta-Peck, April 11, 2009
2. Cleveland Theater District
Credits. This page was last revised on February 4, 2023. It was originally submitted on April 14, 2009, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio. This page has been viewed 1,114 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 14, 2009, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio.

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