Cluster Theatre

303 S. Broadway,
Baltimore, MD 21231

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Functions: Church

Styles: Neo-Classical

Previous Names: Cinema X

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Cluster Theatre

Operated by the Cluster family, therefore getting its unusual name from the family. The Cluster Theatre opened in 1923, replacing an earlier Cluster Theatre (1909-1921) on the same site, and was the third of three Cluster Theatres to operate in Baltimore. It closed as a movie theatre in 1978. It had the first Wurlitzer theatre organ in Baltimore, which was a 2 manual 3 ranks instrument.

Fell’s Point is one of these areas that seems to reinvent itself every so often, and has survived quite well over the years. The area kept several movies houses open into the 1970’s, but since, all have closed except the Apex Theatre. The Cluster Theatre was closed in December 1977, but reopened a year later screening Chinese movies. In July 1981 it became Cinema X screening adult porn movies, but this only lasted a brief while, before reverting back to regular movies until final closure December 8, 1981.

The Cluster Theatre building sat vacant for years, and started to show signs of neglect, but has since been used by a Hispanic church, and seems to be doing well. The Cluster’s ornate marquee still stands today.

Contributed by Charles Van Bibber

Recent comments (view all 7 comments)

bnevens on September 27, 2004 at 8:32 am

The Cluster Theatre was owned by my great-grandfather, Benjamin Cluster. I would be interested in any info regarding the theatre or the Cluster family.

Thank you.

bnevens on August 8, 2005 at 5:14 am


Thank you very much for posting the Cluster Theatre photos. I am especially happy to have the older one. Would you happen to know the date it was taken?


randytheicon on June 12, 2009 at 5:58 pm

The Cluster ran adult movies for a brief spell in the early-mid 1980s, but was closed down due to neighborhood and church complaints.

rliss on April 20, 2012 at 7:58 am

Hi I’m an artist currently living in Baltimore and I have been working on a series of paintings of old movie theaters including the Cluster. If your interested you can take a look here:

Jake Bottero
Jake Bottero on February 14, 2023 at 3:24 am

Must be a bad neighborhood, they have installed formidable prison-like bars around the entrance.

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