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novakjr
07-20-2014, 11:07 AM
I believe we've covered this before. BUT I can't seem to find the thread for it. So I'm starting a fresh one. As a local guy(albeit one who doesn't really get out much), I just think it would be kinda nice for us local to share some local events so that the out of towners can have a better idea of other things to do in the area. Anyone who knows of any interesting types of event going on in the area during the National, feel free to post them here.

I'll start with The Capitol Theater. Located on the corner of Detroit Rd and W.65th, in the Gordon Arts District. Just a great old theater from the 1920's. I finally got there for the first time the other day for a midnight movie, and it was a pretty enjoyable time...

Starting Fri, Aug 1st(for a week) they with be screening the 40th Anniversary restoration of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. I believe there are going to be 2 screenings each day. I'm not 100% sure on the times, I don't think they've posted them yet... So for anyone interested, you'd just have to check the site...

http://www.clevelandcinemas.com/comingsoondetails.asp?id=13823

Now another one at the Cedar Lee Theater in Cleveland Heights. Another old theater from the '20s. Saturday Aug 2nd, there is a midnight showing of Rocky Horror Picture Show. They do this the first Saturday of every month.

http://www.clevelandcinemas.com/moviedetails.asp?id=3865


Again, anyone else with some events they'd like to share, please do so...

Kzoo
07-20-2014, 02:06 PM
After the suggestion from Tim Kindler, I'm looking forward to checking out the original house where the film "A Christmas Story" was filmed. Check out www.achristmasstoryhouse.com for more info. It doesn't look too far from the IX Center. My father-in-law is a big fan and will be getting a 'leg lamp' for Christmas this year. We'll probably check it out on Wednesday morning, before the show opens.

Matt

novakjr
07-20-2014, 03:23 PM
Looking around a bit more. Here's a couple more things...

Blossom Music Center in Cuyahoga Falls(maybe a half hour away), will have Rascal Flatts and Cheryl Crow on August 1st. It's a pretty cool outdoor venue...
http://www.theblossommusiccenter.com/events/

The first round of The Bridgestone International starts that Thursday at the Firestone Country Club. Also about a half hourish outside of Downtown..
http://www.worldgolfchampionships.com/bridgestone-invitational.html

Bunch of different type things listed on this site...
http://www.thisiscleveland.com/events/?e_ViewBy=search&e_submit=1&e_sortBy=eventName&e_pagesize=25&e_catID=0&e_sDate=7-30-2014&e_eDate=8-3-2014&e_keyword=&e_submitBtn=Search

I'd also recommend picking up a copy of the "Cleveland Scene" while in town. They're free, and all over the place. Can't name any specific places off the top of my head though. Usually good weekly reviews, articles and ads for restaurants and things going on during the week and beyond. Here's a link to their website...
http://www.clevescene.com/

wolf441
07-20-2014, 03:29 PM
After the suggestion from Tim Kindler, I'm looking forward to checking out the original house where the film "A Christmas Story" was filmed. Check out www.achristmasstoryhouse.com for more info. It doesn't look too far from the IX Center. My father-in-law is a big fan and will be getting a 'leg lamp' for Christmas this year. We'll probably check it out on Wednesday morning, before the show opens.

Matt

Hi Matt,

We stopped in at the Christmas Story House back in February 2013 (my son was having testing done at the Cleveland Clinic) and the people couldn't have been nicer. It's a bit odd in that it is right in the middle of a neighborhood of houses packed tightly together. We went on a Friday morning right after a snowstorm and it was just the tour guide and us, so we had a really good time taking pictures (posing with the lamp, me on the couch, getting the bowling ball in the lap, etc...).

The Cleveland Museum of Natural History was really interesting as well if you are bringing kids with you. best of luck!

Steve

Jewish-collector
07-20-2014, 03:43 PM
I went to the Blossom Music Center the last time the National was in Cleveland. Agree it was a really cool outdoor concert venue, much larger than I thought.

bcbgcbrcb
07-20-2014, 03:50 PM
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is downtown, no?

Butch7999
07-20-2014, 04:01 PM
The Cleveland Museum of Art has one of the most amazing collections we've seen, and we've been to many if not most of
the great art galleries in the US and Canada. Something from every era and for every taste. http://www.clevelandart.org/

Our reactions to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame were, um, mixed... http://rockhall.com/

If you've got kids along with you, the Great Lakes Science Center [ http://www.greatscience.com/ ], right between
the Rock & Roll Hall and Browns Stadium, will keep them happily occupied.

Buythatcard
07-20-2014, 06:17 PM
About a block from the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame, there is a WW2 submarine on display. Worth going thru it. Have to admit I felt very claustrophobic while I was in there. You will need to climb down a narrow hatch to get in there.


http://cleveland.about.com/od/clevelandattractions/p/cod.htm

Jay Wolt
07-20-2014, 07:09 PM
Howard I did that w/ my kid during a National visit 7-8 years ago.
I didn't mind climbing down, but once I was in the sub, i thought
it would be a tough climb getting out. Which it wasn't but it made me think about it.
And it was very cool and my boy's highlight of the trip which incl the R&R HOF,
a Indians/White Sox game & the National.

bsuttonosu
07-21-2014, 10:58 AM
Lots going on in Northeast Ohio that weekend.

- The Bridgestone Invitational was already mentioned if you're a golf fan. Though it is during prime shopping time.

- I believe it is also Football HOF Enshrinement week in Canton, which is not far. Lots of activities associated with that including autograph sessions (wish it wasn't competiting with the National).

- The Indians are also in town that weekend if you want to catch a game. They're offering discounted tickets for National attendees (a link went out via email from the National).

- Not to mention there's now a casino downtown where you can not only double your National bankroll but also has a couple great places to eat inside.

- If you have others coming with you that want to spend money on things other than cards (I can't imagine why), there are a couple of shopping centers nearby. There is a pretty standard mall in Strongsville not far from the IX Center. A little further away but still within 20 minutes is Crocker Park, which is a nice upscale outdoor shopping center.

And if you get really bored, just mention LeBron and everyone from this part of the world will have plenty to say about it.

novakjr
07-21-2014, 11:37 AM
- Not to mention there's now a casino downtown where you can not only double your National bankroll but also has a couple great places to eat inside..

Yes, the Horseshoe casino downtown, also the Hard Rock Rocksino is fairly close...

http://www.hrrocksinonorthfieldpark.com/

glenv
07-23-2014, 09:54 AM
The James A. Garfield National Historic Site is a half hour east of town: http://www.nps.gov/jaga/index.htm

For those with an extra day or two, Cuyahoga Valley National Park is worth a visit: http://www.nps.gov/cuva/index.htm

novakjr
07-23-2014, 11:24 AM
Another update for the Capitol Theater. Was just there last night with my dad to see the 50th anniversary restoration of "A Hard Days Night". F*ck*ng AMAZING.... It was originally only supposed to be there this week, BUT they decided to extend it for another week.

Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday showtimes of 4:10...

http://www.clevelandcinemas.com/moviedetails.asp?id=5278

novakjr
07-23-2014, 11:31 AM
The James A. Garfield National Historic Site is a half hour east of town: http://www.nps.gov/jaga/index.htm

For those with an extra day or two, Cuyahoga Valley National Park is worth a visit: http://www.nps.gov/cuva/index.htm

Haven't been to the Garfield house since I was a kid. Pretty strange since I drive by it 3 or 4 times a week, and take the kids to the accompanying park at least once a week. Last I remembered it was pretty cool.


Also, I noticed someone mentioned the Cleveland Orchestra. I believe they will be playing at Blossom that weekend too. http://www.clevelandorchestra.com/

glenv
07-23-2014, 06:24 PM
A great website is www.beermapping.com Under the City Beer Maps pulldown, find Cleveland. Then when the map comes up, click the Yellow, Green, and Brown icons in the legend - that will leave only the breweries on the map. That should keep one busy while in Cleveland! :D

Jayworld
07-24-2014, 08:52 AM
I'm surprised no one has mentioned League Park, the home of the Cleveland Indians from 1891 to 1946 (renovated in 1910). The city has just finished a revitalization of the park, including a new baseball field, refurbished the existing 1st base side grandstand wall, and are currently renovating the ticket building. More information here:
http://www.leaguepark.org

novakjr
07-30-2014, 05:40 PM
Now that the National has arrived, and many of you are either now in Cleveland or will be arriving in the next few days, I figured I'd give this thread a bump, just in case anyone is interested...

Just trying to make everyone has the opportunity to get the most out of this city...

bcbgcbrcb
08-02-2014, 10:18 PM
Enjoyed the Geneva on the Lake tourist destination with the wife and baby after the show on Friday night. The "strip" is kind of like a mini-boardwalk similar to the Jersey shore........

novakjr
08-03-2014, 01:36 AM
Enjoyed the Geneva on the Lake tourist destination with the wife and baby after the show on Friday night. The "strip" is kind of like a mini-boardwalk similar to the Jersey shore........

When I had my band, we would play down there quite often. It's a cool little town. Used to be way better, but it's been gaining some momentum again lately.