Built in 1927, and initially operating as a vaudeville theater, the Variety Theater was one of the earliest cinemas in Cleveland, Ohio. Owned by Warner Bros. from 1929 to 1954, it became one of the busiest movie theaters on Clevaland's West Side. During the 1970's and 1980's it became a second-run theater and finally a rock concert venue. Bands such as Metallica, R.E.M. and Dead Kennedys are among those who appeared in the 1,900-seat theater.
It was during a Motorhead concert on December 2, 1984 when the loud music cracked the ceiling and plaster began to fall on to the audience. The power was cut off to stop the band from playing. Two years later, a judged order Variety Theater closed. Since then it has remained abandoned and hidden from the public.
In 2009 the abandoned theater was purchased by Friends of the Historic Variety Theatre, an organization aiming to restore and operate the theater.
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