Ah, cinema. Film. Theater. The celluloid playground. The talkies. Call’em what you will, movies are currently, perhaps, the most pervasive American artform. If you’re in Cleveland or even CLE-adjacent you’re in luck because this week we give you, Pressure Life’s Top 5 Cleveland Movie Theatres
5) Cleveland Cinematheque (11610 Euclid Avenue): If you want to get your weird on, what better place than an art school theatre? An arm of the Cleveland Institute of Art, the Cinematheque specializes in independent and foreign films as well as revived classics. Not to mention the specialization of running the original 35mm printings for that authentic aspect, often overlooked elsewhere.
4) Shaker Square Cinemas (13116 Shaker Square): Aside from the welcoming throwback aesthetic, SSC also offers really fun theme nights. Come in during the Finals wearing Cavs swag and get yourself some free popcorn and soda to wash down the bad taste while you sit through that Ghostbusters debacle. During their “Film and a Flavor” series, patrons are treated not only to a film, but a corresponding meal afterwards. June 27th they’ll be pairing a screening of Spielberg’s classic, Jaws, along with New England clam chowder (‘cause, duh) and strawberry pie.
3) Case Western Reserve Film Society (10900 Euclid Avenue): Do yourself a favor and carve some time out of your schedule to check this place out. Not only are you helping CWRU and their Film Society by your patronage, you’ll have the chance to take part in the celebrated Science Fiction Marathon that has run since 1976! 36 hours of back-to-back sci-fi films? Yes. Yes, indeed. While you have to visit during semester-specific seasons (it is a school, after all) you’ll be treated to highly dedicated and lovingly curated array of films, both current and classic.
2) Cedar Lee (2163 Lee Road): A staple of the Mayfield area, Cedar Lee is the place to go when the other theatres are too chicken-shit to show that new documentary that everyone else is either raving about or raging against. While you can certainly find summer blockbusters and classic re-screenings, Cedar Lee makes it a point to carry current films that, while thoroughly engaging and artistic, may not have the wide distribution deal to get into most theatres. Come here if you want to find an unexpected treasure.
1) Capitol Theatre (1390 West 65th): The heart of the Gordon Arts District. A quaint, unassuming theatre, you’d almost pass it by if you weren’t looking for it. That would be a mistake. Step inside and take in the classic architecture and vintage vibe. Screening both new and old films, their selections are slim but Capitol has always strived for quality over quantity. You know a theatre has it going on when the marquee reads: Now Playing: Blue Velvet, Purple Rain as it did last month when I stopped in.