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  • Cleveland Play House to Move to Theater District

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    For the longest time (nearly 80 years) the Cleveland Play House has stayed put in their location in the Fairfax neighborhood. Well actors and actresses, it's time to pack up your things and move to Downtown Cleveland. The Cleveland Play House will be moving all their shows to the Theater District in Cleveland, a move that some people thought had already happened years back. Kelly Petryszyn of The Cleveland Magazine discusses more.

    After more than eight decades in its former location, the Cleveland Play House moves to the city's Theater District.

    This month, the Cleveland Play House will take out a billboard that reads "for 95 years you thought we were downtown and now we are." The frank statement is referring to the Play House's move from its Fairfax neighborhood complex at 8500 Euclid Ave. to PlayhouseSquare's Allen Theatre in the heart of downtown.

    "A lot of people have never figured out the difference anyway, between us and PlayhouseSquare," says Cleveland Play House artistic director Michael Bloom. "So we hope that we are better able to tell our story down here."

    Cleveland Play House's previous home consisted of two 500-seat theaters, the Drury and Bolton, which were plagued by problems such as a leaky roof, an uneven stage and a lack of wing space. So after 84 years, the Play House decided to sell its property to the neighboring Cleveland Clinic and start fresh. Bloom couldn't be happier about the opportunity.

    "We need to be in an arts district," he says. "We were really on a hospital campus. We are getting out of the real estate business and focusing on our core mission."

    That mission starts with the Allen Theatre. The Play House, PlayhouseSquare and Cleveland State University have spent about $32 million and one year working to transform the 1921 theater. What was once a single, 2,500-seat theater that was used only 75 nights a year has been converted into three theaters: a 500-seat theater, a 300-seat theater and a 150-seat black box theater.

    "Audiences want intimate houses," Bloom says. The main 500-seat theater will open Sept. 16 with Galileo (running through Oct. 9), a drama about the groundbreaking astronomer and scientist. The Play House will retain the theater's historic character while adding modern touches. "It's a contemporary design inside of a historic shell," Bloom says.

    Read more at Cleveland Magazine

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