CLEVELAND: Terminal Tower. The Higbee Building. Municipal Stadium. PlayhouseSquare. Many of these iconic institutions have been the fabric of Cleveland for decades, but few have remained resolute in their original purpose and mission as PlayhouseSquare. Beginning with an opening reception on Thursday, April 12th, 2012, Cleveland Public Library (CPL) will celebrate the 90th anniversary of this storied institution.
“CPL and PlayhouseSquare have been steadfast partners in our city’s progress,” says Felton Thomas, Director of CPL. “We’re excited to take our community on a trip back 90 years to showcase PlayhouseSquare’s success in bringing phenomenal arts and culture to our community.”
Open through August, the exhibit will showcase the history of Cleveland’s theater district beginning from its vaudeville, theater, and silent film days in 1921 through neglect and vandalism in the post World War II era to its rebirth and current status as the nation’s second-largest performing arts center. Visitors can view PlayhouseSquare’s exquisite collection of playbills, scrapbooks, and photo archives from musical, plays, and shows. CPL’s extensive book collection on drama and theater will also highlight the incredible productions of the past 90 years.
The opening reception begins at 4:00 p.m. at the Main Library. PlayhouseSquare historian Joe Garry will be the featured speaker, and musical selections from Broadway shows will also be performed in the 2nd floor lobby.
The reception is free and open to the public. For more information please visit cpl.org.