Neighborhoods: Tremont

(photo courtesy of Greater Cleveland Life)
(photo courtesy of Greater Cleveland Life)

Contributed by Emily Poirier

Tremont, one of Cleveland’s oldest neighborhoods, and the former location of the defunct Cleveland University which has since become the lovely Lincoln Park, is an up and coming neighborhood full of restaurants, boutiques, art galleries, and historic attractions.

Located west of the Cuyahoga River and south of the Ohio City neighborhood and Downtown, the most popular and walkable Tremont area is centered around the Chelsea Building, one of the oldest high rise buildings in the city.

Tremont is home to a number of noteworthy restaurants including Lolita, a trendy spot from the well-known chef and restaurateur, Michael Symon, and more casual eateries featuring sunny patios like The South Side and Fat Cats. No meal in Tremont is complete without a visit to Lily’s Handmade Chocolates, a treat for both chocolate lovers and craft beer devotees, or a stop at one of the two ice cream shops, Tremont Scoops and Churned.

Lemko Hall (photo courtesy of THD3 via WikiMedia)
Lemko Hall (photo courtesy of THD3 via WikiMedia)

Aside from food and sweet confections Tremont boasts numerous other attractions. This includes quirky clothing and accessory stores like Evie Lou and Banyan Tree, a seemingly endless number of art galleries like Brandt Gallery, Eikona Gallery, and Inside-Outside Art Gallery, and The Loop which is in a league all its own as a two story coffee shop with an extensive record store hidden away on the second floor.

The area is also known for its historic churches which offer a range of different architecture styles like St. Augustine’s Catholic Church, St. Theodosius Russian Orthodox Cathedral, and Pilgrim Congregational Church.

Movie buffs will especially enjoy A Christmas Story House and Museum, the original home featured in the 1983 film, and adjacent museum that are both open to the public for tours. And Lemko Hall on West 11th Street, a building with a rich history of its own that is now home to retail establishments and condominiums, but is best known for being the location of the wedding reception in the 1978 movie, The Deer Hunter.

(photo courtesy of Fresh Water)
(photo courtesy of Fresh Water)











More information

Tremont City Guide.

Tremont Historic District. National Park Service






Special Screening of Newly Restored Films

The Cleveland Institute of Art’s Cinematheque, located in University Circle at 11610 Euclid Avenue, welcomes the Society of American Archivists with a special program of newly restored films!

Tuesday, August 18, at 6:45 pm
Richard Myers in Person!
USA, 1960-70, Richard Myers

Richard Myers (b. 1937) is the dean of northeast Ohio filmmakers and one of the most prominent experimental filmmakers in the U.S. Winner of two Guggenheim Fellowships and an American Film Institute grant, Myers has shown his dream-based 16mm movies at MoMA, the Whitney, the Ann Arbor Film Festival, the National Film Theater in London, and the Venice Film Festival, among others. They are now in the process of being restored and preserved by the Archive of the Academy of the Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Hollywood. Tonight Myers will present and discuss three of the Academy Archive’s recent restorations (all in 16mm): The Path (1960, 20 min.), the first film in Myers’ 40+ year career; Akbar (1970, 16 min.), a portrait of Ahmed Akbar, a black filmmaker and former student of Myers at Kent State University; and an excerpt from Myers’ dizzying 118-min. opus Akran (1969). Total approx. 90 min. Special $7 admission for badge-wearing attendees of the SAA Annual Meeting.

Tuesday, August 18, at 8:30 pm
New 35mm Restoration!
USA, 1985, Shirley Clarke

Saxophonist and free jazz legend Ornette Coleman, who died in June, was the subject of the final feature film by pioneering American independent filmmaker Shirley Clarke (Portrait of Jason, The Connection). Clarke follows Coleman as he returns to his hometown on Fort Worth, Texas, in 1983, then tries to approximate his music with a free-flowing blend of interviews, performance footage, experimental music videos, and historical reenactments. With William S. Burroughs, Buckminster Fuller, Yoko Ono, Robert Palmer, et al. Cleveland revival premiere. 85 min. Special $8 admission for badge-wearing attendees of the SAA Annual Meeting.

Special Film Screening: THE DAMNED

WHERE: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Foster Theater

WHEN: Friday, August 21, 2015 at 7 pm

TO RSVP: This event is FREE with a reservation through the Rock Hall website at or at the Rock Hall Box Office. Seating is limited.

ABOUT THE FILM: From “Lemmy” filmmaker Wes Orshoski comes the story of the long-ignored pioneers of punk: The Damned, the first U.K. punks on wax and the first to cross the Atlantic. THE DAMNED: Don’t You Wish That We Were Dead includes appearances from Chrissie Hynde, Mick Jones (The Clash), Lemmy and members of Pink Floyd, Black Flag, GNR, the Sex Pistols, Blondie, Buzzcocks, and more. Shot around the globe over three years, the film charts the band’s complex history and infighting, as it celebrated its 35th anniversary and found its estranged former members striking out on their own anniversary tour, while still others battle cancer.

MORE INFO:  Following the screening, director Wes Orshoski will participate in a Q&A session with the audience. Wes Orshoski made his film debut with 2010’s Lemmy, the documentary celebrating the life of Motorhead singer Lemmy Kilmister. In addition to film work, Orshoski has for more than 20 years worked as a music journalist and photographer. His work has been published in Mojo, Rolling Stone, Billboard, The Source, and many others.