It took less than two years to build the magnificent theatres that make up PlayhouseSquare, Cleveland’s theatre district. Leaving behind Cleveland’s original theatre district along E. 4th Street, in 1921 and 1922, a theatre-building boom took place in just a few short blocks East along Euclid Avenue in downtown Cleveland, with theaters that boasted a dizzying range of entertainment from vaudeville to Shakespeare to grand opera.
There are currently nine theaters of different sizes in the district, making it the largest U.S. entertainment complex outside New York City. Through savvy real estate accumulation, the district has grown to encompass office buildings, retail and mixed use development.
Today, Cleveland’s Theater District is alive again with diverse entertainment. The city’s two largest theater groups perform there, as do touring Broadway shows. Orchestras, comedy ensembles, cabaret, ballet, pop performers — it’s all there.
And with so much going on, the area has attracted a luxury hotel and a growing number of dining options from quick-eats places to white-tablecloth dining.
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