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What Should Go in Soon-to-Close Big Dog Space?

The theater will close at the end of this month. What kind of business do you think should replace it?

What Should Go in Soon-to-Close Big Dog Space?

Cleveland Heights Patch readers had a variety of reactions upon learning last week that Big Dog Theater owner Don Mitri plans to close after less than two years of operation.

Some readers considered it another disappointing loss for the Coventry business district, while others said they had no clue that Big Dog had even opened at the former Centrum Theater in February 2011.

"With a name like Big Dog, I assumed it was still a sports bar," reader Jim Raden wrote on our Facebook page. "Who knew that it had become a theater again?

"Had they chosen another name, they would have heightened awareness that it was actually a theater. With that, I'm sad to see them go."

Mayor Ed Kelley said the city would work with property owner Coventry Holdings LLC to find a new tenant, but that is far happening at this point. Additionally, Big Dog will host two more shows before closing at the end of the year.

Still, we want to know what you hope for the future of this large space. What kind of business could work there? Should another playhouse set up shop there, or would another kind of retailer be a better option?

Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

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