Lorain-Fulton Theatre

3405 Lorain Avenue,
Cleveland, OH 44113

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Architects: Henry Hradilek

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Lorain-Fulton auditorium

Opened December 25, 1921 with 1,400 seats, and located on the corner of Lorain Avenue and Fulton Road on Cleveland’s west side. This was a second run neighborhood theatre. If anyone has info on this theatre, please post.

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on July 25, 2005 at 7:27 am

Listed in Film Daily Yeabooks with varying seating capacities; 1941=1,492, 1943=1,480 and 1950=600.

Toby on July 25, 2005 at 3:00 pm

This was demolished…I think the theatre was on the same site where the Unique Thrift Store…formerly a Pick-N-Pay supermarket…is now.

chspringer on March 2, 2006 at 12:52 pm

If anyone has any photos of the theaters that were on Lorain Ave, I’d love to see them.

chspringer on March 2, 2006 at 1:05 pm

If anyone has any photos of the theaters that were on Lorain Ave, I’d love to see them.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 5, 2010 at 3:22 am

The Lorain-Fulton Theatre was owned by members of the Urbansky family until 1951. John, Harry, and Thomas Urbansky are mentioned frequently in Boxoffice from 1935 through the 1950s.

Thomas Urbansky opened a theater called the Jennings at Cleveland in 1916, according to The Music Trade Review of November 25 that year. In the absence of an address, I’ve been unable to determine if the Jennings is already listed at Cinema Treasures under a later name. It was operating as the Jennings at least as late as 1946, the last time I find it mentioned in Boxoffice.

shradilek on June 28, 2011 at 4:07 pm

My Great Grandfather was the builder of this theater. I have the original playbill and press from the grand opening and the blueprints.

gshatterhand on November 4, 2011 at 3:15 pm

shradilek – What was your great-grandfather’s name? Urbansky? Did your great-grandfather build any other theaters in the Cleveland area?

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 4, 2011 at 5:20 pm

Thomas Urbansky’s Loraine-Fulton Theatre was in the planning stage in early 1921, when the January 27 issue of Engineering News-Record ran the following item:

:“O.. Cleveland — Theater and Commercial —T. Urbansky, Ontario St., having plans prepared by H. Hradilek. archt.. Park Bldg., for 2 story, 90 x 250 ft., rein.-con., brick and steel, rein.-con. flooring, concrete foundation on Lorain Ave. and Fulton Rd. About $200,000.”
Given the size of the proposed building, the reported late 1940s FDY seating capacities of almost 1,500 are not surprising.

Architect Henry Hradilek was very active in the 1910s and 1920s, and is best known for the numerous houses he designed in the Cleveland Heights district, and for the Weizer Building (with architect Arthur Thomas,) a three-storey commercial and apartment building that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 12, 2014 at 12:35 pm

This weblog post has a scan of an ad indicating that the Lorain-Fulton Theatre opened on Christmas Day, 1921.

madorganplayer on January 23, 2018 at 3:15 am

Its Wurlitzer organ was removed in the 1930`s and reinstalled in the Metropole cinema in central London.In the sixties it was removed,provided with a new console(from the Troxy Stepney)and installed in Buckingham Town Hall.In the seventies that building became unsafe and the organ was removed to Worthing assembly hall and enlarged from ten to 23 ranks.It is still there now.

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