Clearfield Theatre

2512 E. Clearfield Street,
Philadelphia, PA 19134

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Architects: Albert Douglas Hill, Harvey Childs Hodgens

Firms: Hodgens & Hill

Functions: Fraternal Hall, Pharmacy

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Clearfield Theatre, 2512 E. Clearfield Street

The Clearfield Theatre opened in 1920 seating 735. It was equipped with a Gottfried 2 manual organ. The theatre was remodeled in 1930 and the architecture firm for the remodel was Hodgens & Hill. The theatre closed on August 8, 1960 with Stuart Whitman in “Murder Inc.”, Ray Danton in “The Rise and Fall of Legs Diamond” & Lee Patterson in “Jack the Ripper”.

It has since been used as the Polish National Alliance Headquarters and is also the Port Richmond Pharmacy.

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Recent comments (view all 9 comments)

kencmcintyre on June 14, 2008 at 6:52 am

There is an interesting view of the theater on Google maps.

portrichmond on July 3, 2008 at 1:22 pm

ken mc, do you have any other memories of the clearfield? would like to hear them, thank you.

portrichmond on July 3, 2008 at 1:25 pm

some fine photos of the clearfield are on; search 2500 e. clearfield st.

teegee on January 19, 2009 at 11:13 pm

I went to the Clearfield only once as a boy. MGM was running a promotion with Quaker Oats for Forbidden Planet. They put a free child’s ticket in each box of oatmeal. My dad took me to see it at the Clearfield on a double bill with Invasion of the Body Snatchers. What ever happened to double features? I don’t remember anything about the inside of the theater, but I seem to remember that the theater’s name was in blue neon above the marquee.

kencmcintyre on May 8, 2009 at 3:37 am

Here is a 1951 photo from

PHILLYTOM on December 14, 2011 at 12:32 am


dedelp on September 25, 2013 at 9:45 pm

I saw “THE THING” on a saturday matinee, the entrance fee was .10, I had my eyes closed half the time as I sat in the front row & was scared to death.

dallasmovietheaters on April 26, 2022 at 2:49 pm

The Clearfield closed at the end of a second 20-year lease permanently on August 8, 1960 after a triple feature of “Murder, Inc.” “The Rise and Fall of Legs Diamond,” and “Jack, the Ripper.” That’s the way to close a theater. The address was dedicated as the new home of the Polish National Alliance Headquarters on June 22, 1962.

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