Every Saturday night, Friedman hosts guest acts. Tonight, the bill includes folkie Brent Kirby and the Better Brothers jazz combo. During the performance, the theater's old movie screen beams locally produced music videos.The Centrum's storied past dates to the 1920s, when it screened silent movies. But by the spring of 2003 after several ownership changes the theater wilted under the pressure of relentless competition from the nearby Cedar Lee Theatre. In early 2005, the Ground Floor troupe gave it new life, but only briefly; it closed in less than a year.
But Friedman remains optimistic that weekly jazz, blues, and bluegrass performances can fill the theater. "This is what people in Cleveland Heights say they like," says Friedman. "I'll stick with it until [Russo] decides it's not worth it or I run out of money."
Saturdays, 8:30 p.m., 2006