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Playhouse Square Comeback Celebrated with Street Party

Saturday, May 3, 2014 at 6:06 AM

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Preservation activist Raymond Shepardson and a crew of young people helped save four abandoned theaters in Cleveland's Playhouse Square in the early 1970s. That initial spark led to the creation of a thriving downtown district that now features ten stages and draws a million people to the city every year. The Playhouse Square comeback was celebrated with a street party that included the ceremonial lighting of a giant outdoor chandelier.

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The Shaw High School marching band entertained with a mixture of Motown and the Beatles Thousands of Northeast Ohioans crowded Playhouse Square to see the chandelier lighting Drummers from St. Edward's High School set the rhythm of the night as the crowd arrived


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