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Behind the Scenes and Screens of the Cedar Lee Theatre

Updated: Aug 22, 2023

CLEVELAND HEIGHTS - Nestled in the heart of Cleveland Heights, the Cedar Lee Theatre stands as a true gem in the city's vibrant arts scene. For nearly 100 years, the theatre has been a staple of the community, drawing in moviegoers from across the region with its unique character and eclectic offerings.

The Cedar Lee Theatre was originally built in 1925 as a single-screen cinema, and over the years, it has undergone several renovations and updates to become the iconic venue it is today. With six screens and a seating capacity of over 1,000, the Cedar Lee Theatre boasts a diverse lineup of films, from indie and foreign flicks to the latest Hollywood blockbusters.


But the Cedar Lee Theatre is more than just a place to catch a movie. It's a cultural hub, a place where the community can come together to celebrate art, music, and creativity.


One of the things that makes the Cedar Lee Theatre stand out is its commitment to supporting independent and local filmmakers. The theatre regularly showcases films made by Ohio-based directors and producers, giving them a platform to share their work with a wider audience.


But the Cedar Lee Theatre's impact extends far beyond the realm of film. The theatre has become a beloved institution in Cleveland Heights, drawing in residents and visitors alike with its unique charm and friendly atmosphere. From the vintage marquee out front to the cozy, eclectic interior, the Cedar Lee Theatre is a place where you can't help but feel at home.


In a recent episode of CleveItToUs, host Gremi had the opportunity to visit the Cedar Lee Theatre and learn more about its rich history and ongoing contributions to the community. During the episode, Gremi got a behind-the-scenes look at the theatre's operations and spoke with Director of Operations of Cleveland Cinemas, Sean Denny, about what makes the Cedar Lee Theatre such a special place.


But as much as the episode captures the spirit of the Cedar Lee Theatre, there's no substitute for experiencing it in person. So why not grab some friends, check out the Cedar Lee Theatre's lineup of films and events, and discover what makes this Cleveland Heights institution so special? Whether you're a film buff or just looking for a unique night out, the Cedar Lee Theatre is sure to delight and inspire.


In the words of Gremi himself, "The Cedar Lee Theatre is more than just a movie theatre. It's a place where the community comes together to experience art, culture, and the magic of the movies. So come on down, check out a flick, and experience the Cedar Lee Theatre for yourself. You won't be disappointed!"



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ORIGINAL AIRDATE: 4/28/23

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