Best Places For Film Buffs In Cleveland

July 23, 2012 6:00 AM

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Looking for movie memorabilia or the latest Hollywood blockbuster? How about a place to take in a classic Hitchcock film while studying for your final exams? Cleveland offers all of these and more. Consider the following locations for your weekend film pilgrimage.
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Cedar Lee Theatre
2163 Lee Road
Cleveland Heights, OH 44118
(216) 321-5411

Ask around town on where to go for specialty films in the city of Cleveland and Cedar Lee Theatre is sure to come up. What began as an 1,100-seat, single-screen theater in 1925, Cedar Lee Theatre was purchased by Jonathan Forman in 1977 and became the first of Cleveland Cinemas, which now operates a total of 75 screens at nine different locations. From Cleveland Heights to Brunswick to as far east as Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, stop in at any of these locations for the latest and best in movie entertainment. While you’re at it, don’t forget to enjoy a coffee, sandwich or even a glass of wine from the cinema’s one-of-a-kind concession stand.

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Cleveland Museum of Art
11150 E Blvd
Cleveland, OH 44106
(216) 421-7350

Each year, thousands of people flock to the Cleveland Museum of Art for the museum’s widely-acclaimed film program. The museum has been showing films and hosting filmmakers since Frances Bolton purchased the first film projector in 1935, which makes Cleveland Museum of Art one of the oldest museum film programs in the country. Without fail, for the past 26 years, the museum has presented at least two different feature films every week. And with a variety of special events planned throughout the year, you will want to stay abreast of the program’s weekly schedule.

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Cleveland International Film Festival
2510 Market Ave
Cleveland, OH 44113
(216) 623-3456

Watching a movie for entertainment is one thing; gaining an education on other cultures and current world events while watching a movie is quite another. Yet this is precisely the aim of Cleveland International Film Festival with each exhibit it showcases and every film it presents. Now in its 37th year, the CIFF has seen a 143 percent increase in attendance since 2003, drawing more than 85,000 people to its annual location at Tower City Cinemas in 2012. Participants can expect to see at least 300 films from approximately 60 countries over the course of the 11-day event and the chance to interact with more than 200 visiting feature filmmakers from all around the world.

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A Christmas Story House
3159 W 11th St
Cleveland, OH 44109
(216) 298-4919

Think Christmas holiday classic and little Ralphie Parker is sure to come to mind. “A Christmas Story,” which plays 24 hours a day on TBS every Christmas season, may have been set in Hammond, Indiana, but the actual home that sat in as the movie house is located in Cleveland, Ohio. The site was purchased by San Diego businessman Brian Jones in a 2004 eBay auction and opened as a tourist attraction in November 2006 after a quarter of a million dollars worth of renovations. The house now sits as a replica of the Parkers’ movie home, all the way down to the leg lamp in the front window. With a museum and gift shop located across the street from the house, film buffs won’t want to miss this one.

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Cinema Wasteland
P.O. Box 8
Berea, OH 44017
(440) 891-1920

Drive-in era horror movie fans have found a home at Cinema Wasteland. What began as a collector’s video service in the late 1980s known as Video Wasteland became, in the spring of 1993, a rent-by-mail video service specializing in out-of-print and otherwise hard-to-find horror films. Not long after opening, the cinema began offering movie memorabilia, posters and other collectible items as well. Though the rental service expired in 2003, Cinema Wasteland still offers everything you need from aliens to zombies, and at present is gearing up for the 2012 Movie and Memorabilia Expo set to be held October 5-7 in Cleveland. Check out the schedule online to see if Cinema Wasteland will be in your area this summer.

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