5900 Mayfield Road,
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Previously operated by: General Cinema Corp., Modern Theaters
Architects: Rudolph Grosel, Paul Matzinger
Firms: Matzinger & Grosel, William Riseman Associates
Styles: Streamline Moderne
The Mayland Theatre, with a round Streamline Moderne style marquee, opened on August 26, 1948 with an unknown Hollywood sneak preview. On November 22, 1972 it was twinned under General Cinema ownership to the plans of William Riseman Associates.
GCC closed the Mayland Theatre on August 8, 1989 with “Dead Poets Society” & “Star Trek V”. A Barnes and Noble bookstore later occupied the building, with huge neon Barnes and Noble letters replacing the Mayland letters on the marquee. In 1999, Barnes and Noble relocated to Richmond Mall, and the Mayland Theatre building became vacant again.
In 2006, it became a Boneyard Restaurant, which closed in early summer of 2014. It became an arcade and was demolished in November 2020.
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Here is a fresh link to the January 7, 1950, Boxoffice article about the Mayfield and Lake Theatres. There are three pages with photos. In adition, here is a direct link to the final page of the article’s text.
There are many who believe this theatre is haunted! Apparently, workers at the Boneyard have regular encounters with a ghost, who was supposedly an usher, for the theatre. They say he hung himself when he was turned down for a raise. Supposedly, he hung himself in front of the big screen! I stumbled across this page while trying to gather information to disprove this story. I am not a believer in ghosts! Just wondering if anyone out there, has any info on this. Thanks!
The Boneyard closed early last summer after about an 8 year run and the space is now called Play Arcade and Kitchen.
Just read that Play Arcade and Kitchen will be closed as of March 1st. According to the article in Cleve Scene, they’re blaming the age of the building and required repairs for its closing.
Also would like to add that General Cinema closed the Mayland down in August 1989. General Cinema announced plans in 1988 to open a multiplex at the nearby Eastgate Shopping Center, but it never happened. It wasn’t until 1996 that Eastgate would get a theater when Regal opened a 10 screen theater behind Micro Center.
The Mayland Theatre is currently being demolished.
Final day of business was August 8, 1989. Last movies shown were “Dead Poets Society” and “Star Trek V”.
I drove by it the other day and the west wall was partially still up. So even though the demolition started around November 12th, it was still going on a month later till around December 14-15th.
The Mayland Theater opened on August 26th, 1948. Grand opening ad posted.
Two screens on November 22nd, 1972. Another ad posted.