Celluloid Ohio – Haunting the Screen

Ohio is no Hollywood, but it has had it fair share of films set in Ohio, filmed in Ohio, or about Ohioans. This month we look at the films that gave us a good scare.

A Nightmare on Elm Street – The classic film is set in Springwood, Ohio. It stars the dream killer Freddy Krueger. The franchise spawned 9 films, a tv series, comic books, and one of the most speculated crossovers of all time, Freddy Vs Jason.

Some other Horror films set in Ohio:

  • The Faculty
  • Finale
  • Heathers
  • I am Number Four
  • Meet the Applegates
  • Phantom of the Paradise
  • Salvage
  • Scorned
  • Silence of the Lambs
  • Super 8
  • Take Shelter
  • Thankskilling
  • Trick ‘r’ Treat

Local Filmmakers: Many local filmmakers are also making films about the great state. If you are a filmmaker and want to know more about the opportunities in Ohio visit: 

Cleveland Museum of Art

100_6984 ror201511150 East Boulevard, Cleveland, Ohio 44106 (in the heart of University Circle)

One of the Best art museums in America, maybe the world.

The Cleveland Museum of Art is one of the best thing in an already great city. Like most art museums it contains pictures made with paint. Unlike some other art museums it also contains medieval armor and weapons, Greek statues, modern art sculptures, and so, so, much more.

The best way to experience the museum is to start at the bottom and work chronologically. The problem is that the art world did not start in one place and move to another. Many art forms started and evolved in different parts of the world at once. The museum shows this off quite well. The main hallway opens to many rooms that connect to other rooms. The galleries, although separate, seem to flow well into each other. The Egyptian room leads to the Greek rooms, or vice versa, which leads to the middle ages and so on. This free flowing but chronological order helps to explain the slow evolution of art as a medium for human communication and expression.

Upstairs the art flows in brighter and more open galleries. Yet the treasures still seem to surprise the first time visitor or experienced art lover. Where a person would expect more paintings are arms and armor. Where one would expect to find a hallway a room full of paintings appears. A tucked away hall contains Fraberge Eggs, or Tiffany glass.  Then after hours of wandering the galleries, the biggest surprise of all…

The museum is actually two buildings with a huge covered courtyard in the center. The majority of the ancient western art is in the original 1916 building. Almost as many from the late 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries are in the North building. The North Building also houses the Eastern galleries, Native art galleries, and changing exhibits.

From the wonders of Egypt to the modern day the museum is a treasure trove of sights. Located within the University Circle Collection of Museums The Cleveland Museum of Art is a must see for anyone with a day to fill in the Sixth City.

Quick tips: 1. The Thinker is missing pieces. The story is of why worth finding. 2. Parking in the garage is pricey but other spots can be found. 3. Some galleries open to the outside. The light difference can be quite drastic.

La Comedia Dinner Theatre

765 W Central Ave, Springboro, OH 45066

La Comedia Dinner Theatre is located in Springboro, OH. It is a dinner theatre and much more. La Comedia has been putting on shows since the 1970’s, so they have perfected the dinner and theatre idea. The theater normally puts on about six Broadway type shows along with many concerts. The shows range from newer musicals to classic favorites. Many of the actors who star in shows are locals, but many also are from New York. The productions try to have the best cast available. Each year the good part is that La Comedia puts on some classic Broadway musicals that older audience will remember. They also put on newer shows and kids classics. The season generally has something for anybody looking for family friendly entertainment.

La Comedia has a good sound system so the actors can always be heard and the dancing is normally really good. The stage is floor level and the audience sits on many sides, so the action of the play or musical is up close. The seating is the dinner tables, which are on levels rising about 4 feet up each row giving a good view to each person attending.

The real star of La Comedia is not the show itself, but the food. Nights start with the house signature salad with the Papaya Chutney Dressing. This dressing is a very good compliment to any salad. The evening continues with a wonderful buffet. The buffet has chef-carved meats, a variety of pastas and fresh vegetables, fresh-baked breads, some deep fried cod, and their famous sweet potato soufflé.  The buffet also normally has some dishes that go along with the theme of the show, so coming back for a new show one gets something different. Each show also has a different desert. The desert is delivered to the table after the buffet is over. The nice thing about the buffet experience is guest who arrive early are allowed to the buffet first. This is not only a nicety, but also keeps the buffet line short.

La Comedia is a great place to see a show and get a meal. One should arrive early and dress appropriately. La Comedia will leave you will a full stomach and good times, not to mention a head full of show tunes.

Playhouse Square

1501 Euclid Ave #200Cleveland, OH 44115

Here is Playhouse Squares mission: A not-for-profit performing arts center that presents and produces a wide variety of performing arts, advances arts education and creates a destination that is a superior location for entertainment business and housing, thereby strengthening the economic vitality of the region.

Playhouse Square is located in Cleveland and is more than just one theater and more than one resident company. Playhouse Square hosts Opera Cleveland, DANCECleveland, Ohio Ballet, Great Lakes Theater Festival, Tri-C Cultural Arts Series, Tri-C Jazz Festival, and a Broadway Series. Playhouse Square theaters include the Allen Theater, State Theater, Palace Theater, 14th St. Theater, Ohio Theater, and Hanna Theater. Playhouse Square is the 2nd largest theater complex in the country.

In 1921 four of the theaters opened and over the years they had fallen in disarray and were in great need of repair. Eventually the theaters were restored and placed under one direction. Nearby buildings were placed under the same roof. Ones that were nearby were connected in spirit with a giant chandler over the street.

Many Broadway touring shows are shown in the Palace Theater. This theater is a great place to see a musical. It is large and ornate. The stage is big enough to house large productions. The sound quality is good. The seats are of good quality. The alignment of the stage and seats gives a good view of the show. Some touring shows are use other theaters in the complex and multiple events can happen at once.

Playhouse Square also has a Discovery Theater Series for families and a Discovery Theater Series for Schools along with many other educational events.

Playhouse Square hosts the Great Lakes Theater Festival each year at the Ohio and Hannah Theater. This is a great time to from Fall to Spring to see a great local production.  This festival has had actors the like of Donald Moffat, Larry Linville, and Tom Hanks. It started out with plays by William Shakespeare, but now includes many other classics.

The surrounding area of the theaters is filled with fine restaurants, a Wyndahm Hotel, and lots of parking garages.

Playhouse Square is more than one theater and more than one company.  Each theater brings a unique show and experience to the theater lover.  What is great is one can find at least one show (dance, music, musicals, plays, and more) to watch a year. If one only went to one show they would really have to hold themselves back. Playhouse Square has too many offering in a year to only go to one show. If you live in Cleveland make it a point to see a show here. If you plan on visiting Cleveland time your trip to when your favorite show is playing.