World East Theatre

5100 Wilson Mills Road,
Richmond Heights, OH 44143

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The World East Theatre opened in the Hilltop Plaza in Richmond Heights in 1968, and was mainly an art house throughout its life. The theatre was first independently owned, then operated by National Theatre Corporation. The World East closed in 1994.

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dave-bronx™ on December 28, 2006 at 3:38 pm

The World East, World West and the Severence Theatre (the original, not the current plex) were all built and operated by an outfit called Rappaport Theatres out of Baltimore.

CSWalczak on December 28, 2006 at 4:26 pm

The correct spelling should be “Severance”. John L. Severance was a longtime Cleveland benefactor and Severance Center was built on the grounds of his former estate. He built Severance Hall, the home of the Cleveland Orchestra.

mnovak on November 7, 2007 at 1:04 pm

The World Theatre East closed in the very early 90’s. Not sure about the exact date; I was just a kid then. But I do remember a Star Bank opening up in the theater’s former space in fall 1992.he bank later became Firstar, and is now US Bank. Hilltop Plaza’s owners kept the theater’s approx. 25' x 50' marquee and used it occasioanally to advertise tenant store’s sales (with the theater’s original all black lettering). But the marquee began to detoriate as early as 1995, and was rumored to be infested with rats. The Plaza tore the marquee down in 2006, and replaced it with a much smaller, generic shopping center sign in early 2007.

I sxaw a few kid’s movies there, but what I remember most was that the theater had “The Color Purple” for an incredible 16 weeks or so in 1986. I kept thinking they’d change the sign every Thrusday night, but it seemed like it would never happen!

CSWalczak on July 3, 2009 at 8:31 pm

It was actually in Lyndhurst; it’s listed here: /theaters/7393/

davenma on August 19, 2009 at 1:39 pm

I worked as a projectionist in Cleveland area between 1980 – 1995 and worked the World East. Never forget working the run of ‘Last Temptation of Christ’ and having to negotiate my way through the sidewalk protestors to get to work. Had to go to the airport and pick up the print, labeled ‘The Big Event’ on the cans as there was such a security issue and overall hubub surrounding this flic. Also ran ‘Last Emperor’ for almost 20 weeks there. Last operated by Cedar Lee owner Jon Forman. I’ll post to other theatre links but what does Chuck1231 want to know about the Richmond? Are you perhaps the Chuck that was the mgr. there back in the day?

rivest266 on March 13, 2011 at 10:37 am

This opened on August 26th, 1969. ad: View link

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