Lawrence Dolin, Cleveland Theatre Figure, Dies at 67

Obituaries   Lawrence Dolin, Cleveland Theatre Figure, Dies at 67
 
Lawrence Dolin, owner of Cleveland's Front Row Theater, died on Dec. 6 from cancer. He was 67 years old.

Mr. Dolin was among the founders of Front Row in 1974. Built at an approximate cost of $3 million, it was at the time the first all-weather theatre to be built in Cleveland since the Cleveland Play House in 1927. It was a theatre in the round, and the entire stage slowly revolved during each performance in order to provide a clear view for all the spectators.

Front Row mainly presented concerts; Roy Orbison performed his last concert at the theatre on Dec 4, 1988.

In 1993, Front Row, beset with financial problems, merged with Playhouse Square. Mr. Dolin left the theatre in 1998. For two years, Mr. Dolin leased Cincinnati's Palace Theater and again presented concerts.

Dolin is survived by wife Deedra, and sons Jamie and Jonathan.

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