My ex-boyfriend and I went here while we were still dating for a novel movie experience. The theater doesn't look like it's been remodeled since the 1950s, which is the beauty of it - you get a taste of the past while living in the present. It was truthfully a strange experience, but a cool one, and it was nice to bring whatever food we wanted without having to be gouged at the concession stand for a small $4 bag of popcorn. We got pizza by the slice from a nearby place. Also, we got to control the a/c, so we were comfortable temperature-wise; theaters around here tend to freeze us. I did miss the reclining seats and watching in a big crowd, but there are perks and downfalls to each experience. Cool place, fun experience.
PROS: Authentic 50s feel
Former president Bill Clinton raved about Parma Pierogies and always made it part of his itinerary when visiting Cleveland. I thought it was expensive, but they were stuffed pretty big and with many options (potato, cheese, blueberries... blueberry pierogies were my favorite). St. Cantius Church in Tremont and a Ukrainian church on W. 7th Street often sell big ones, for less, but you have less of a decision to make on stuffings. The real deal is much better than frozen Mrs. T's, I just hope Parma reopens their doors because they made some darned good pierogies!
I was in Parma Heights while my great aunt was sick and my parents and I went for a movie after visiting hours were up. The ticket prices were cheap and the place was fairly empty , but it wasn't the most well-cared for theate... sticky floors, peeling wallpaper, dingy & uncomfortable seats. They show movies that have already left main theaters; some that have already been released on DVD. This is a good way to catch a favorite flick on the big screen for a discounted price, but I think I'd prefer to rent the DVD or check it out of a library and watch it in my nice living room on the comfy sofa. Overall, not a horrible place - a good way to save some movie ticket money.
My grandma stayed at Parma Hospital twice this year and had long-term medical care. She was a very sick lady; she had congestive heart failure and a one or two mini strokes (transient attacks) and needed a lot of medical attention to drain accumulated lung fluids, monitor electrolytes, etc. The doctors, nurses, and staff were so attentive, caring, and did a wonderful job taking care of her. She had a few scary instances where her health dipped very low, but they made adjustments to her IVs and treatments, were knowledgeable, took constant tests to assess her current status, and gave her the best treatment they could. They were constantly checking in on her and were very warm. They did a WONDERFUL job caring for such a sick person and extending her life. I have much respect for their hospital.
Taking the big red Trolley through Cleveland and the Flats is a great way to learn about Cleveland's history and noteworthy landmarks and their construction. You can easily see the same route driving, but get the chance to really look at each site and learn about them. The rides are relaxing, long, and great for field trips or kids on a sping or summer day.
My goodness, I've never seen a bigger library in my entire lifetime. This main branch has two buildings: the regular portion filled with fiction and non-fiction pieces and the recent Louis Stokes wing, which contains all scientific books, journals, and magazines for each field (psychology, chemistry, biology, etc.) The buildings have at least ten floors, all packed to the brim with books. They stock multiple copies of their materials so you have a better chance of getting a copy. They keep VERY current with books and always get the latest releases. I've honestly never seen so many books - I could spend my whole lifetime there (from age 21 on), and only get through 1/30 of it, no lies. The courtyard outside is nice to enjoy a book or magazine. What a great place.
I've been going to Playhouse Square since I was 4 years old with my family. It's an enormous complex and offers a variety of plays for all ages; Annie and A Christmas Carol for younger audiences and families alike, Rent for teenagers and early 20's, and shows like Wicked for everyone to enjoy. It's extremely roomy (hundreds and hundreds of seats) and very clean. The gift shop and beverage stands are a bit overpriced, but the tickets are just right for the quality of the Broadway performances you see. If you're an aficionado, they offer packages for the entire year, which would give you permanent seats and a better deal than buying individual tickets each time. They have a schedule on their website to help you plan a visit; I guarantee it's a great way to spend an afternoon or evening!
The Mather Museum is unlike any other I've been to because unlike most, it isn't housed in a building - rather, it floats on water! It's a huge steamship that was fully operated to supply coal and ore to steelyards, now restored and retouched for the public to see the insides of. It's humungous; the anchor alone is gigantic and incredible. You can really appreciate the work the builders did when making it, it did when it operated, and the workers on the boat did to maintain and steer it. There are tour guides and narrarators to guide you through it and lay out fascinating details. It was interesting for me; might be boring for a young kid who likes more hands-on exhibits. I don't know if repeated visits would be worth it, but a one-time experience was good.
The Cleveland Museum of Art is the largest art museum in the Cleveland region and still growing. It's currently undergoing a $258 million construction and expansion project and should house twice as many paintings, sculptures, parks, gardens, and classrooms for classes and lectures. Their permanent collection is world renowned and has 40,000 pieces, from Greek and Roman art, to Egyptian, Medieval art, photography, and textiles.... plus many, many more. They have something for everyone and best of all, it's free admission. I love coming here and exploring the pieces; what a wonderful public service.
This is an interesting museum if you have Ukrainian hertigage or just want to know more about Ukrainian traditions. My mom's side of the family is Ukrainian and is proud of their heritage, so I'd go here with my grandma at least once a year to see the Ukrainian Easter Eggs (much prettier than American eggs), folk costumes, embroidery, and history of immigration / the history of Ukrainians in Cleveland. It's a great way to learn about Ukraine's culture without leaving the states! It has an extensive exhibit, most of which was given through donation, that has collected greatly in the past decade or so. Very nice collection.