Cleveland Theater District

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Cleveland Theater District
Playhouse Square
Playhouse Square

The Cleveland Theater District, [1][2][3][4] is the center of Cleveland's theater scene.[5] It includes Playhouse Square, which comprises ten performance spaces, five of which were built 1921-22.[2][6] Playhouse Square is the home of the KeyBank Broadway Series and five resident companies. The performing arts center also presents concerts, comedy shows, fine arts productions and youth theater performances.

The district suffered a demise in the 1960s, followed by a restoration and a resurgence in the latter part of the century.[7] In 1996–97, it passed one million customers a year.[2] The Cleveland Theater District Development Corporation (CTDDC) - now Playhouse Square District Development Corporation (PDDC) - was created as a community development corporation to foster development in the theater district.[8][9] In April 2013, Playhouse Square unveiled plans for $16 million in improvements for the area's signage and lighting that would come to be known as "Dazzle the District."[10] The completion of Dazzle the District was celebrated on May 2, 2014.[11]

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  1. ^ "Playhouse Square". The Encyclopedia of Cleveland History, Case Western Reserve University. 2008. Retrieved October 2, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c John Vacha (2001). Showtime in Cleveland: The Rise of a Regional Theater Center. Kent State University Press. Retrieved March 8, 2013. 
  3. ^ Carl Stimac, Nancy Loyan Schuemann (2008). Cleveland, Ohio: A Photographic Portrait. Retrieved March 8, 2013. 
  4. ^ "450 jobs exit Halle Bldg for space on Superior", Stan Bullard, Crain's, January 23, 2006
  5. ^ R. Wayne Ayers (2000). Cleveland and the Western Reserve in Vintage Postcards. Arcadia Publishing. Retrieved March 8, 2013. 
  6. ^ "39 Steps, Kite Runner & More Part of Cleveland Play House's '10–11 Season". March 9, 2010. Retrieved March 8, 2013. 
  7. ^ William Everett (2004). The Musical: A Research and Information Guide. Retrieved March 8, 2013. 
  8. ^ Mark S. Rosentraub (2009). Major League Winners: Using Sports and Cultural Centers as Tools for Economic Development. CRC Press. Retrieved March 8, 2013. 
  9. ^ Mark A. Abramson, Ann M. Kieffaber (2003). New Ways of Doing Business. Rowman & Littlefield. Retrieved March 8, 2013. 
  10. ^ Litt, Steven (April 2, 2013). "PlayhouseSquare aims for a bright lights, big city feel with $16 million in signage, digital displays and amenities". The Plain Dealer (Cleveland, Ohio). Retrieved April 4, 2013. 
  11. ^ Simakis, Andrea (May 2, 2014). "Chandelierious! Dazzle the District Lights the Way to New Era for Playhouse Square". The Plain Dealer. Retrieved May 3, 2014. 

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