Cleveland Scene

The Cleveland Scene is an alternative weekly newspaper based in Cleveland, Ohio. The newspaper includes highlights of Cleveland-area arts, music, dining, and films, as well as classified advertising. The first edition of the newspaper was published in the 1970s.

Cleveland Scene
PublisherEuclid Media Group
HeadquartersCleveland, Ohio
OCLC number240898199

Cleveland Scene provides a yearly "Best Of" list for the Cleveland and outlying areas that includes Best Restaurants, Best Clubs, Best Theater, etc.

Cleveland Scene employs regular columnists as well as freelance journalists.

In 2002, New Times Media, which published The Scene, agreed to shut down its Los Angeles alternative paper in exchange for an $8 million payment, while Village Voice Media agreed to shut down its competing Cleveland Free Times for a smaller payment, triggering a federal antitrust investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice.[1]


Cleveland Scene was founded in 1970. In 1998, the Scene was acquired by New Times Media.[2] In 2005, New Times acquired Village Voice Media, and changed its name to Village Voice Media.[3]

The Free Times and Cleveland Scene were purchased by Times-Shamrock Communications, located in Scranton, Pennsylvania, in 2008. Times-Shamrock is a media company that publishes daily and weekly newspapers throughout Pennsylvania, Virginia, Maryland, Florida, Michigan, and Texas. They also own radio stations in Baltimore.[4]

In December 2013, Times-Shamrock sold Scene to the Cleveland-based Euclid Media Group, along with the Detroit Metro Times, Orlando Weekly and the San Antonio Current.[5]


  1. Rutten, Tim (November 16, 2002). "Justice Dept. opens alt-weekly inquiry". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved October 26, 2017.
  2. Cory Zurowski (August 10, 1998). "New Times Purchases Cleveland Scene". Association of Alternative Newsweeklies. Retrieved October 18, 2012.
  3. Richard Siklos (October 24, 2005). "The Village Voice, Pushing 50, Prepares to Be Sold to a Chain of Weeklies". The New York Times. Retrieved October 18, 2012.
  4. "Times-Shamrock Buys Cleveland Free Times, Cleveland Scene" (Press release). Association of Alternative Newsweeklies. June 21, 2008. Retrieved October 19, 2012.
  5. Farkas, Karen (December 23, 2013). "Cleveland Scene sold to local media group". The Plain Dealer. Retrieved February 7, 2014.
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