Allen Theatre

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The Allen Theatre
Ornate Ceiling.jpg
Allen Theatre ceiling detail
Address Playhouse Square
City Cleveland, Ohio
Country  United States
Coordinates 41°30′04″N 81°40′53″W / 41.501117°N 81.681426°W / 41.501117; -81.681426Coordinates: 41°30′04″N 81°40′53″W / 41.501117°N 81.681426°W / 41.501117; -81.681426
Architect C. Howard Crane
Owned by Cleveland Play House
Type Main Stage
Capacity 500
Opened 1921
Rebuilt 1997, 2011
Current use Performing arts center

The Allen Theatre is a theater on Euclid Avenue in downtown Cleveland, Ohio, part of Playhouse Square. Formerly the third largest of the four primary theaters in the PlayhouseSquare complex with a capacity of approximately 2,500 (hosting touring musicals and other larger productions), it was remodeled in 2011 to seat 500, becoming (along with the new Second Stage and Helen Rosenfeld Lewis Bialosky Lab Theatre) the home of the Cleveland State University Dramatic Arts Program[1] and Cleveland Play House. It was originally part of the Canadian Allen Theatre chain (now part of Cineplex Entertainment).[2]


  1. ^ Tony Brown/The Plain Dealer (July 2, 2008). "A possible future of PlayhouseSquare's Allen Theatre: A showcase for the best of Northeast Ohio's college theater". Retrieved 5 March 2009. 
  2. ^ "The Allen Family". Silent Cinema in Quebec.