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Civic Theatre (photo credit Heritage Ohio)

Civic Theatre

Akron, Ohio, United States

First Opened: 20th April 1929 (92 years ago)

Reopened after renovation: 30th November 2002

Atmospheric Style: Andalusian Garden

Architect: John Eberson

Former Name: Loew's Theatre

Link: www.akroncivic.com Link opens in new window

National Register of Historic Places: #73001537 Link opens in new window (added 16th July 1973)


Overview

The Civic Theatre in Akron, Ohio, originally opened as a Loew's theatre in April 1929.

The auditorium is set well back from the street, and so to enter one must pass through a beautiful four story Moorish Castle-themed lobby, described on the National Register of Historic Places as “a fairyland of extraordinary and imaginative Italian renaissance décor”. The richly ornamented walls support a coffered pyramidal ceiling.

The auditorium of the theatre was designed as a Moorish Garden, more specifically an Andalusian Garden according to EverGreene Architectural Arts Link opens in new window who worked on the $26 million renovation and restoration of the auditorium completed in 2002.

The 2002 project did not include the Grand Lobby, except for the wall leading into the theatre. For nearly 20 years patrons have been able to see the very visible division between dull and dazzling, representing nearly 100 years of degradation.

During the Covid-19 pandemic, an $8.5 million renovation project saw the Grand Lobby and other Front-of-house areas restored to their former glory.

Further Reading

Online

Historic Photos & Documents
Full page opening ad with auditorium photo on second page, as printed in the 20th April 1929 edition of the <i>Akron Beacon Journal</i> (1.4MB PDF)
Full page opening ad with auditorium photo on second page, as printed in the 20th April 1929 edition of the Akron Beacon Journal (1.4MB PDF)
Five-page color feature on the theatre’s expansion and renovation completed in late 2002, as reported in the 27th October 2002 edition of the <i>Akron Beacon Journal</i> (3.9MB PDF)
Five-page color feature on the theatre’s expansion and renovation completed in late 2002, as reported in the 27th October 2002 edition of the Akron Beacon Journal (3.9MB PDF)
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Photos of the Civic Theatre

Photos

The Civic Theatre’s auditorium was renovated and reopened in 2002.

Civic Theatre: Auditorium from Stage, courtesy <i>CoolCleveland</i>
Auditorium from Stage, courtesy CoolCleveland
Civic Theatre: Auditorium, courtesy <i>Heritage Ohio</i>
Auditorium, courtesy Heritage Ohio


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