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Tower City Cinemas, downtown Cleveland's only movie theater, closes permanently

The theater that opened in 1990 as Hoyt’s closed temporarily in March due to COVID-19, but will not reopen.
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CLEVELAND — Downtown Cleveland's only movie theater is closing. Tower City Cinemas has closed effective Monday.

“While Tower City Cinemas has been closed since March due to the on-going health crisis, with the lease expiring, a decision was made to not reopen the theater,” says Jon Forman, President of Cleveland Cinemas. “Our management team and staff have done an incredible job during the 20-plus years we've operated this theater. We remain committed to movie-goers in Cleveland and we look forward to serving our Tower City patrons at our other cinemas.”

The Tower City Cinemas property is owned by Bedrock.

Cleveland Cinemas took over management of the theater in 1998; the theaters were first opened as Hoyt’s in 1990. Tower City Cinemas was home to the Cleveland International Film Festival for 30 years, with the festival’s last year on site in 2019.

The chain also runs several other local theaters, including the Cedar Lee Theatre (2163 Lee Rd., Cleveland Hts. and Chagrin Cinemas (8200 E. Washington St., Chagrin Falls), which re-opened August 21. 


Reopening dates for the Apollo Theatre (19 E. College St., Oberlin) and the Capitol Theatre (1390 W. 65th St., Cleveland) are “coming soon” according to a release.

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