On December 27, 1937 a gorgeous new movie theatre opened its doors on Shaker Square. During the past 75 years the name has changed from The Colony Theatre to Shaker Square Cinemas and its single auditorium has been converted to six, but the cinema is going strong and remains a key part of this historic Cleveland neighborhood.
To honor Shaker Square Cinemas’ 75th Anniversary, Cleveland Cinemas will be hosting a month-long celebration in December culminating in a special screening of the very first film to ever play at the theatre, IT’S LOVE I’M AFTER starring Bette Davis, Leslie Howard and Olivia de Havilland.
Keeping with the theme of this classic comedy’s title, Shaker Square Cinemas is inviting patrons to write a short essay about their most loving movie memory that happened at this theatre. Whether it’s about falling in love with someone on a date at Shaker Square Cinemas or just falling in love with the movie itself, it’s love we’re after!
Essays may not exceed 200 words and may be submitted at the theatre box office or e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. All entries must be received by 5:00 PM on Friday, December 14, 2012. One winning essay will be selected and its author will receive a 2013 Season Pass to Shaker Square Cinemas and $100 gift certificates to Fire Food and Drink & SASA. The winning essay will be posted on the Cleveland Cinemas website as well as read to the audience before the screening of “It’s Love I’m After” on December 27th at 10:00 AM.
Additional Shaker Square Cinemas Anniversary specials and activities in December include the following:
- Discount concession specials are available for Cleveland Cinemas Marquee Rewards on Monday through Thursday during the first two weeks of December only. Small fountain drinks will be $.25 and small popcorns will be $.50 when a valid Marquee Rewards Card is presented at the concession stand on these days, limit one per card. (Marquee Rewards membership is free and cards may be picked up at any Cleveland Cinemas location.)
- ARTHUR CHRISTMAS screening on December 8th at 12:00 PM. Shaker Square Cinemas presents this special benefit screening on behalf of the Thea Bowman Center. Admission to this animated family hit is either 2 non-perishable food items or $5.
- IT’S LOVE I’M AFTER screening on December 27th at 10 AM. Tickets are $.75 and are available at the theatre box office only. Complimentary breakfast pastries will be provided before the show and small fountain drinks will be $.25 and small popcorns will be $.50 during this screening.
Shaker Square Cinemas is located at 13116 Shaker Square, Cleveland. For more information call 216-921-9342 or visit clevelandcinemas.com.
About: IT’S LOVE I’M AFTER: Running time: 90 minutes; Not Rated; Directed by Archie L. Mayo
Star-struck Marcia (Olivia de Havilland) could care less that famed thespian Basil Underwood (Leslie Howard) is vain and discourteous while staying at her family’s mansion. “What are manners?” she exclaims. “Little rules for little people.” She doesn’t know Basil is acting, playing the cad so that she will turn her attention to her devoted Henry (Patric Knowles). And as for the fiery actress (Bette Davis) who is Basil’s on-again, off-again fiancée? She might have an unexpected role to play in this loopy charade!
About The Thea Bowman Center:
The Thea Bowman Center is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life in the Mt. Pleasant community of Cleveland through food support, children’s programs, and adult education.
Since 1966, the center has been a mainstay of the community where adults can come to further their education, kids have a safe place to learn and grow, and anyone can receive a warm nutritious meal.
Specifically, the center offers a food pantry and hot meals on Saturdays; adult GED and computer classes; after school and Saturday children’s learning activities and a Summer Youth Camp; and emergency help to individuals by appointment.