The lights went out one by one on PlayhouseSquare. As a gray twilight gave way to a seemingly impenetrable gloom, this once-dazzling stretch of Euclid Avenue was plunged into a midnight world of desolation and despair.
Those grand theaters shut down their marquees and closed their doors in the late ’60s. Water damage, fire and neglect quickly reduced the Allen, Ohio, Palace and State to little more than likely candidates for the wrecking ball. The epitaph could have been provided by the last line of Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Masque of the Red Death,” where “darkness and decay . . . held illimitable dominion over all.”’
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Thanks to THS member Curtis Cooper for sharing this story with us!