Theater that hosted Cleveland film festival closes

Tower City Cinemas, the only movie theater complex in downtown Cleveland and the primary site for the Cleveland International Film Festival for the last 30 years, is closing.

In a news release Monday, Cleveland Cinemas President Jon Forman said, “While Tower City Cinemas has been closed since March due to the ongoing health crisis, with the lease expiring, a decision was made to not reopen the theater. 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.”

Cleveland Cinemas had leased the multiplex in The Avenue Shops at Tower City Center since 1998.

The film festival announced in January it was moving to the Playhouse Square complex in 2021, and the 2020 festival planned for March 25 to April 5 became an online-only event due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Cleveland Cinemas also owns The Cedar Lee Theatre in Cleveland Heights, Chagrin Cinemas in Chagrin Falls, the Capitol Theatre in Cleveland’s Gordon Square and the Apollo Theatre in Oberlin.


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