Madstone Centrum

2781 Euclid Heights Boulevard,
Cleveland Heights, OH 44106

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Previously operated by: Landmark Theatres (USA)

Functions: Church

Previous Names: Heights Theater, Heights Art Theater, Coventry Cinema, Centrum

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Heights/Coventry/Centrum Theatre exterior from 1985

The Heights Theater was opened prior to 1941. Beautifully restored and converted from a single screen to a triple screen cinema in 1991-1992. The large screen was capable of showing 70mm. Dolby SR sound was available on all screens. The Madstone Centrum closed on October 1, 2003.

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Recent comments (view all 19 comments)

CSWalczak on July 22, 2009 at 9:03 am

A 1941 picture of the theater as the Heights:
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kencmcintyre on August 2, 2009 at 1:51 am

This was in the Lincoln (NE) Evening Journal, dated 11/16/59:

Cleveland (AP) â€" Police in suburban Cleveland Heights halted the showing of the French movie, “The Lovers” and arrested the theater manager on a charge of exhibiting an obscene film. The theater was closed and the film was confiscated for evidence against Nico Jacobellis, the manager of the Heights Art Theater. 400 patrons who paid $1.50 each were escorted out and received refunds.

buckguy on December 9, 2009 at 4:35 am

This originally was the Heights theatre and ran as the “Heights Art Theatre” showing foreign films and independent films during the 50s-70s. They co-booked with the Westwood Arts Theatre in Lakewood and, for awhile with the Continental theatre in East Cleveland. They also did midnight movies and showed porn during the day and at midnight. I recall seeing films as diverse as “King of Hearts” and “Behind the Green Door” there. Mitchell’s Candies, which was next door, still operated a a couple blocks down from the Cedar-Lee.

Eric K.
Eric K. on February 12, 2011 at 7:22 pm

this theater has been renovated and is re-opening as Big Dog Theater on Feb 19, 2011. It is now going to showcase sketch, improv, and standup comedy in the Cleveland area. It is also to be a training facility studio for comedians to take classes and workshops. They even give you the option to rent the auditorium out, so I guess you can still view movies here (but probably just privately) since the theater itself is still intact (you can see pics of it on the website, which I have listed below. Check out the site, for it has more info than I posted).

CSWalczak on February 12, 2011 at 7:57 pm

An article about the comedy club’s opening with a picture of the auditorium: View link

Eric K.
Eric K. on March 5, 2011 at 6:19 pm

I was at the Centrum last night to see the Cleveland improv comedy troupe Something Dada perform. For those wondering, The theater looks exactly the same inside as when it closed, so nothing was changed. The group performed in front of the screen(curtains were closed so I couldn’t see it) on the stage area.

Eric K.
Eric K. on April 7, 2011 at 5:21 am

I was at the Centrum again on March 27th as part of a improv comedy workshop for a few hrs. I performed on the stage and afterwards I took a peak behind the curtain and the screen is definately still there lol.

David Nedrow
David Nedrow on May 16, 2015 at 10:24 pm

The main floor was converted to a dance club and re-opened in February, 2013, as the “Club Centrum”. It closed later that year in September.

DavidZornig on December 18, 2019 at 3:17 am

Now serves as City Church on Sundays. Website & Facebook page below.

dallasmovietheaters on July 24, 2021 at 3:09 am

Best known for a major obscenity case when local officials shut down the Heights Art Theatre for showing the film, “The Lovers" on November 13, 1959. Theater manager Nico Jacobellis showed the French film, landed himself in jail, and his case gravitated on appeals to the U.S. Supreme Court. Jacobellis v. Ohio (1964) overturned the Cleveland Heights' suspect enforcement and was one of several cases that led to major changes in obscenity law enforcement in the United States. The case indirectly led to the rise of the porno chic era of motion picture exhibition.

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