VIDEO: A Peek at Cleveland’s Historic Wonderland Theatre


It’s a true American Story.

Wanting to entertain themselves like in the old country, Jews in Cleveland and the rest of America brought their appreciation for the arts to the new world.

A precursor to today’s Cedar-Lee Theatre, Cleveland’s deco-inspired Wonderland Theatre opened after the turn of last century and today, visitors to the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage can sit in an air-conditioned 20-seat representation and view “Let Me Entertain You,” a 20-minute tour of Jews in American theatre, movies and entertainment, narrated by Cleveland’s Joel Grey.

Drop-In Tours of the Wonderland take place Tuesdays at 2PM. Other Drop-In Tours take place Wednesdays and Sundays at 2PM for “An American Story” on Jewish immigrants, and on Thursdays at 2PM for tours of the magnificent Temple Gallery.

Follow Jill Rembrandt, director of education and public programs, as she takes us behind the curtain of the Wonderland and the history of WMMS radio, owned by Milton Maltz of Malrite Communications, and it’s importance in establishing Cleveland as the Rock and Roll Capital of the World. Watch the video here.

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