Pastor Plans To Renovate Old Cleve Movie Theater


UPDATED: Friday August 26, 2011 7:39 PM

The Cleve Movie Theater opened in 1938, and now a north Columbus pastor has an ambitious plan for the long-neglected building.

Larry Cochran said it will take about $1.5 million to transform the building into the new Linden Cleve Theater and Cultural Arts Extension Center, 10TV's Jerry Revish reported on Friday.

The Cleve ran for 26 years before closing in 1964. Cochran said it is worth saving.

"It's worth saving because of the community. We want to save our community," Cochran said. "There's nothing like this in this community. A venue where people can come and enjoy a play or a concert or any type of activity like that."

Cochran said he envisions it as not just a place for viewing the performing acts, but also learning them.

Fundraising for the project has already begun, Revish reported. 

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