The Beachland Ballroom & Tavern officially opened its doors on March 2nd, 2000. Owners Cindy Barber and Mark Leddy (who was in Cleveland band Satan’s Satellites at the time and the booker for the iconic Cleveland venue Pat’s in the Flats) worked together to convert the old Croatian Liberty Hall on Waterloo Road in the Collinwood neighborhood into the eclectic live music venue that the Beachland is today. Keeping key original details and maintaining the vintage vibe and authenticity of the building was always something Mark and Cindy wanted to preserve. The unobstructed view of the larger Ballroom and the intimacy of the Tavern lends itself to a variety of shows that can be accommodated between the two spaces.
Notable bands to come through the Beachland’s doors over the years since it’s 2000 opening are Akron’s The Black Keys, The Cramps, Guided by Voices, and The White Stripes, among many more. The Beachland hosts two stages under one roof – the intimate Tavern stage (148 capacity) and the larger Ballroom stage (500 capacity). Most nights the Beachland operates two separate shows, a full kitchen featuring homemade and locally sourced menu items, an extensive and affordable beer selection, and even a vintage shop in the basement called This Way Out. Weekends feature the Beachland Brunch, hosted each Saturday (11am-3pm) and Sunday (10am-3pm) with vinyl DJ’s spinning on Sundays, and handcrafted Bloody Marys and Beachland’s awardwinning biscuits all weekend long!
Beyond hosting nightly local and national musical acts, the Beachland participates in community focused and special events such as the summer and holiday Rockin’ Flea Markets, workshops and industry mixers, and annual events such as hosting official stages for the Waterloo Arts Fest, and Beachland’s SummerFest festival. The destination venue that Cindy and Mark set out to create has become a pillar of the NE Ohio music scene and artistic community.
Transforming the neighborhood…
The Beachland, and founding the Waterloo Arts District
Cindy Barber, co-founder of the Beachland Ballroom, moved to the Collinwood neighborhood in the mid-eighties, and saw the potential hidden within Collinwood’s ethnic and musical community. With legendary bands such as Pere Ubu and The Schwartz Brothers already living in the area, and polka dances and pig roasts among regular neighborhood get togethers, the bohemian music community was present but without a proper music and event venue to host.
In an overall effort to revive the Collinwood neighborhood, select members of the community formed an initiative in 1988-89 called the “Lakeshore Neighbors”, whose focus was to rehabilitate the many historic buildings and create infrastructure for an artistic and entertainment focused community. Cindy Barber, as one of the founders of the Lakeshore Neighbors initiative, later bought the old Croatian Hall in 2000, and along with partner Mark Leddy, turned it into the iconic music venue that it is today, The Beachland Ballroom & Tavern.
The Beachland provided the anchor point needed to establish the Waterloo Arts and Entertainment District. Following the iconic and historic Playhouse District, the WAD is only the second designated entertainment district in NE Ohio. Since establishing the WAD, several art galleries, record stores, and monthly events such as “Walk All Over Waterloo” continue to make this district a destination and hub for the NE Ohio artistic community.
For more information about the Waterloo Arts District, please visit https://www.facebook.com/WaterlooArtsDistrict/
In addition to purchasing online, tickets can also be purchased via phone, in-person at our venue, or at any of the following ticket outlets around town.
Phone: 216-383-1124, Monday – Friday, 11am – 5pm
In Person: Go to side door at Beachland, ring bell, Monday – Friday, 11am – 5pm
This Way Out (Beachlands vintage/record store located off the lobby in the basement): Saturday 12 noon – 11pm, Sunday 12 noon – 3pm, Open during most shows in evenings
To reach the proper person, please see the drop-down menu under the subject line.