Circle Theatre

10210 Euclid Avenue,
Cleveland, OH 44106

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The Hoffman Theatre was built as a vaudeville theatre in 1920. It was located on Euclid Avenue, west of East 105th Street. It was one of five theatres in the Euclid and East 105 Street area, the others being Loew’s Park Theatre, Keith’s 105th Street Theatre, the University Theatre and the Alhambra Theatre. By 1927 it was re-named Circle Theatre after Loew’s took over.

The Circle Theatre had a balcony, and seating totalled 1,975. There was a full stage, with dressing rooms. In the late 1950s, the Circle Theatre received some notoriety for being the first Cleveland venue to host a live stage show featuring Elvis Presley.

In its final years, the theatre ran mostly movies, but also staged a live country/western show on Saturday nights.

Contributed by Roger Stewart

Recent comments (view all 14 comments)

jsomich
jsomich on February 16, 2005 at 6:41 am

The Park would be approximately across Euclid ave from the Circle.
Keiths and University were back behind the Circle shot, on the Southeast quadrant.
The Keiths was closest to E105th st and the University was further east.
If you divide the area into quadrants with Eucid and E105th being the center, the Keiths and University were on the Southeast quadrant, the Alhambra and Park on the Northwest quadrant, and the Circle on the Southwest quadrant.
See my picture links for the other theatres.

wheelgrabber
wheelgrabber on January 19, 2006 at 7:54 am

What are the exact addresses of the Circle, Park, and Alhambra theatres? I have the Keith’s 105th as 10502, the University as 10606, and the Park as either 10209 or 10409. Also, does anyone know the name of a little theatre on Superior at about East 84th? I believe it was closed around the early 50’s.

simplexlover
simplexlover on January 19, 2006 at 8:00 am

The Superior Theatre was at 8421 Superior. I believe the building is still there as a “church.” The Circle was 10210, the Park 10209, the Alhambra 10403 (all Euclid Ave).
All the rest are gone. Cleveland Clinic rules the area.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on January 19, 2006 at 8:06 am

Film Daily Yearbook;1950 edition gives the address of the Circle Theatre as 10210 Euclid Avenue with a seating capacity of 1,975.

The Alhambra Theatre is given as 10403 Euclid Avenue with a seating capacity of 1,200.

simplexlover
simplexlover on January 19, 2006 at 8:16 am

The “Superior” opened in 1930 and closed in 1950. I don’t know the seating capacity, but it appears rather small.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on January 19, 2006 at 8:26 am

The Superior Theatre is listed with a capacity of 500 seats in 1950

wheelgrabber
wheelgrabber on February 8, 2006 at 7:20 am

The current occupant of the old Superior Theatre building is the “True Missionary Baptist Church”.

jimroy
jimroy on November 19, 2008 at 7:38 am

Did anyone happen to save the photos of the Circle posted by Jim Somich? Do you know of any others?

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on October 9, 2010 at 7:21 pm

According to this page, which has pictures of the Circle (the clearest from 1946), this theater opened in 1920 as the Hoffman and was renamed the Circle by 1927 when Loew’s took it over and wired it for sound. Loew’s apparently had sold it by 1935, probably preferring to focus on its more lavish Park Theatre on the other side of Eiclid. http://www.scottymoore.net/circletheater.html

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