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2022 Theatre Tours - Cleveland, OH

2022 Conference Host: Playhouse Square
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The optional 2022 Pre-Conference Theatre Ramble will take place on Sunday, July 10, from approximately 8:30 am to 5:30 pm. Registration and breakfast will begin at 7:45 am at the conference hotel. This is an optional event that requires an additional fee. The Ramble will take a group of attendees by motor coach to visit several theatres in and outside of downtown Cleveland. The fee includes a continental breakfast and a sit-down lunch. Theatres to be toured will be announced as soon as they have been confirmed.

In-Conference Theatre Tours: On Monday morning, July 11, we will tour the five historic theatres of Playhouse Square. On Wednesday, July 13, we hope to tour two additional historic theatres in downtown Cleveland. More information will be posted as soon as the Wednesday tours are confirmed.

Updated 05.03.2022

About Playhouse Square
Playhouse Square

(From the Playhouse Square website.)

Overview: The largest performing arts center in the country outside of New York, the not-for-profit Playhouse Square is Northeast Ohio’s destination for Broadway and more great entertainment. A thriving downtown neighborhood, residents, office workers and visitors can dine and relax at area restaurants or on U.S. Bank Plaza under the glow of North America’s largest outdoor chandelier – the GE Chandelier. Playhouse Square is a champion of arts education and downtown Cleveland, and proud to be the home of seven resident companies. Five of Playhouse Square’s 11 performance spaces are fully restored historic theaters first opened 1921-22.

Facts: Welcomes more than 1 million guests and hosts 1,000+ events, on average, each year ● Draws more than 120,000 guests each year from outside the Northeast Ohio region ● Completed the Dazzle the District neighborhood makeover in 2014, featuring North America’s largest outdoor chandelier, the GE Chandelier ● Restored its five historic theaters to their original 1920s splendor, making Playhouse Square the world’s largest theater restoration project ● Earns 90 percent of its operating budget through a unique business model centered around real estate services supporting arts operations; performing arts industry averages only 74 percent nationwide ● Contributes in excess of $43 million in local economic impact annually, exclusively from its performing arts activity (Cleveland State University 2004 study) ● Provides an unheard-of 80 percent annual return on the community’s initial restoration investment of $55 million.

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Allen Theatre
*Allen Theatre, Cleveland, OH


Opened: April 1, 1921
Closed: May 7, 1968
Purpose: Movies
Style: Italian Renaissance
Features: One of the few “daylight atmospheric” theaters in the country. Side boxes decorative only
First Show: Silent movie -The Greatest Love- Phillip Spitainy and 35-piece orchestra
Re-Opened: November 1, 1994 (unrestored); October 3, 1998 (restored); September 16, 2011 (reconfigured)
Connor Palace Theatre
*Connor Palace, Cleveland, OH


Opened: November 6, 1922
Closed: July 20, 1969
Purpose: Vaudeville (B.F. Keith); (Modified for movies, 1926)
Style: French Imperial
Features: Grand Hall, Czechoslovakian crystal chandeliers, blue urn made in Serves, France before WWI. Seven floors of dressing rooms backstage
First Show: Vaudeville- Elsie Janis, the Cansinos, and Grace Hayes, several additional acts, and a big band. (Orch. seat was $1.65)
Re-Opened: April 30, 1988
Hanna Theatre
*Hanna Theatre, Cleveland, OH


Opened: March 28, 1921
Closed: 1988
Purpose: Legitimate Theater
Style: Italian Renaissance
Features: Interior features bronze trimming and marble corridors. Original ceiling- coffered Roman- remains today
First Show: Play - Mark Twain’s The Prince and The Pauper starring William Haversham
Re-Opened: September 1997; September 20, 2008 (restored)
KeyBank State Theatre
*KeyBank State Theatre, Cleveland, OH


Opened: February 5, 1921
Closed: February 2, 1969
Purpose: Movies & Vaudeville
Style: Combines Roman, Greek & European Baroque
Features: Four 50-foot murals by American Modernist James Daugherty (1890-1974). Fifth mural by Arnold Englander. Total length of lobby from street to theater is 320 feet (said to be the longest in the world)
First Show: Movie - Polly with a Past & Buster Keaton short, Neighbors. Hyman Spitalny and his orchestra
Re-Opened: June 9, 1984
Mimi Ohio Theatre
*Mimi Ohio Theatre, Cleveland, OH


Opened: February 14, 1921
Closed: February 2, 1969
Purpose: Legitimate Theater
Style: Italian Renaissance
Features: Italian Renaissance lobby contained 3 murals by Sampitrotti, entitled “Cycle of Venus.” Two paintings by P. Pizzi, in balcony of 14th century Venetian designed auditorium (All lost in lobby fire of 1964)
First Show: Play - The Return of Peter Grimm with David Warfield
Re-Opened: July 9, 1982