Elvira Theatre

1352 Broadway,
Lorain, OH 44052

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The Film Daily Yearbook, 1941 gives a seating capacity of 290. The seating capacity given in the above headers is taken from the 1950 edition of F.D.Y.

This is the first theatre to be listed on Cinema Treasures with the unusual name Elvira! Anone know how or why it was called this? When mapping this address out, the location is a couple of blocks from where Broadway meets up with Elvria Avenue. The theatre is listed as the Elvira though (different spelling)

Any further information on this theatre would be appreciated.

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carmtiff on October 14, 2006 at 5:38 pm

Saturday, October 14, 2006
The Elvira was owned by my Grandmother Elvira Santarelli.
If Chuc1231 knows any history I sure would appreciate his input.

hopewell on March 13, 2008 at 5:58 pm

The name is correct…my mother, who lived about five blocks from there, said they used to call it “the rat show”, because of its infestation of the beasties.

kencmcintyre on August 5, 2009 at 1:52 am

This is from Boxoffice in June 1953. I think the reporter meant Lorain instead of Elyria, since both the Elvira and the Pearl were in Lorain.

Two Elyria theaters were added to the list of dark houses in Ohio. The Elvira, which has been playing weekends only, closed July 13. The Pearl closed July 16. Both are owned by the Zeglob estate.

Hibi on October 12, 2010 at 10:22 pm

I remember my grandmother saying what a dump it was (sorry). She said rats ran freely inside (this was in the 30s or 40s) Dunno what’s there now if anything. It was in a very run down section of downtown.

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