Deep inside all of us a huge potential beckons, waiting to open us to the joy, genius, freedom and love within.
Do you ever have days where you wake up with a smile and you know the day is going to be perfect, that the world really is more than the “media scare headlines” that deep down inside you feel how right everything is. Things are moving the way they should. Well that is one of those days for me.
I spent the weekend shooting a group I really love. Hanging out at a new festival in a city I don’t go to very often but really like. Sunday I had my first session of the collaboration I am working on with 7 other female photographers in the United States, called Spirit and Bone- see it here under BLOG. The images came out amazing, That day started with a sunrise from God…how can you have a bad day after that.
I am just really excited about this tour. So let’s have a look at today’s theatre. WOW talk about a historical set of theatres AND the DARE to DREAM BIG and SUCCEED…hmm common theme.
Date: October 10
Theatre: State Theatre at Playhouse Square, Cleveland OH
Trivia Facts/History about State Theatre
Information supplied by Wikipedia and PlayhouseSquare.org
The State Theatre is a theatre located on Euclid Avenue in downtown Cleveland. It is one of the theaters that make up Playhouse Square. It was designed by the noted theater architect Thomas W. Lamb and was built in 1921 by Marcus Loew to be the flagship of the Ohio branch of the Loew’s Theatres company.
Loew’s State Theatre was built in an Italian Renaissance style and was intended to show vaudeville shows and movies. It opened on February 5, 1921, seating 3,400. Because of the desirability of having the theater’s marquee on Euclid Avenue, the State Theatre was built at the back of the lot it shares with the Ohio Theatre, but with a 320-foot-long (98 m) series of three lobbies. This was the world’s longest lobby serving a single theater, and it contained four huge murals by James Daugherty, entitled The Spirit of Pageantry—Africa, The Spirit of Drama—Europe, The Spirit of Cinema—America, and The Spirit of Fantasy—Asia.
The State attracted such legendary performers as Abbott & Costello, Fred Astaire, Judy Garland, Jack Benny and The Marx Brothers. In its current 3200-seat capacity, the State has presented musical extravaganzas such as Disney’s The Lion King and Phantom of the Opera. The theater was converted for the exhibition of Cinerama in 1967, but, due to financial trouble, closed in early February 1969, along with the rest of the Playhouse Square theaters.
The cover of the February 27, 1970 issue of Life was a two-page pull-out featuring The Spirit of Cinema America, which inspired the creation of the Playhouse Square Association.Two years later in 1972, and again in 1977, both the State and Ohio Theatres were threatened with razing in order to build a parking lot, but they were saved through public outcry.
In 1973, the newly formed Playhouse Square Foundation obtained a long-term lease for the Palace and State, and Ohio Theatres, and by 1977, the Loew’s Building was purchased by Cuyahoga County. Also in 1973, the musical revue Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris opened in the State Theatre’s lobby. The revue was expected to run for three weeks, but instead played for two years, making it the “longest-running show in Cleveland history.”In 1978, the State was added to the National Register of Historic Places as part of Playhouse Square.
Restoration of the theater began in 1979, and was completed in the summer of 1984, after the addition of a $7 million stagehouse. The State Theatre reopened on June 4 of that year, becoming the home of the Cleveland Ballet and Cleveland Opera.
The celebration of our 90th Anniversary in 2012 gave us the opportunity to tell a unique story about the saving of Playhouse Square. The history of the theaters, in historical archives and in many books written over the years, explain how the theaters came to be, how they were used during their heyday, abandoned later, then brought back to life. Those sources feature interesting facts about the architecture, décor, famous performers, and even a bit about Cleveland’s past.
But they do not tell the human side….The personal, passionate and often poignant stories of an unlikely group of activists, volunteers, businessmen and artists. The tale of how they banded together to defeat the wrecking ball, each group passing the torch to the next, to save the theaters from certain demolition. And the leaders who took that foundation and built upon it the largest performing arts center in the country outside of New York.
Playhouse Square is Cleveland’s indisputable gem and we couldn’t be more proud. Please share in the celebration by viewing interviews with our visionaries, our PBS special, “Staging Success: The Playhouse Square story,” or by purchasing a copy of Staging Success: The Playhouse Square Story DVD.
As stated by many of the people we interviewed, the saving, rebuilding, then growing Playhouse Square was an idea that went beyond their wildest dreams. We are so thankful that they dared to dream so big.
The renovation project of the Palace, State, Ohio and Allen Theatres still remains the world’s largest. The 90th anniversary celebration gave us the opportunity to say “thank you” by paying tribute to the visionaries who made it possible.
*PS-Dear Reader- The only favor I ask is that you follow the story, Share if you are so inclined. Know that I am following dreams as you do.