Explore downtown Cleveland’s historic movie theaters with local historian Alan F. Dutka during an author talk at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 13, at our Main Branch.

Dutka wrote Historic Movie Theaters of Downtown Cleveland. He’ll discuss local must-sees like Rafferty’s Monkey House where actual monkeys and raccoons wandered the bar in the early 20th century.

By the 1920s, Euclid Avenue was lined with marvelous movie palaces, yet they only survived for two generations. But the story doesn’t end with a wrecking ball! Discover how Clevelanders united to save the State, Ohio and Allen Theaters, among others, and form Playhouse Square – one of the nation’s largest performing arts centers.

Dutka’s talk is free to enjoy. Due to limited space, registration is required. Sign up online or by calling us at 440-255-8811 ext. 1.

Mentor Public Library is taking everyone to Hollywood this September. We’re celebrating the golden age of cinema all month long with programs about Hollywood history and special screenings of classic films! Browse our event calendar to learn more.

By the way, if you’re interested in local history, we’ve hosted several programs about it – many of which can be viewed in their entirety on our YouTube channel – including: