Circle Theatre

10210 Euclid Avenue,
Cleveland, OH 44106

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CSWalczak
CSWalczak on October 10, 2010 at 12:21 am

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

jimroy
jimroy on November 19, 2008 at 11:38 am

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

wheelgrabber
wheelgrabber on February 8, 2006 at 11:20 am

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

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on January 19, 2006 at 12:26 pm

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

simplexlover
simplexlover on January 19, 2006 at 12:16 pm

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 12:06 pm

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 12:00 pm

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.

wheelgrabber
wheelgrabber on January 19, 2006 at 11:54 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.

jsomich
jsomich on February 16, 2005 at 10:41 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.

Hibi
Hibi on February 16, 2005 at 10:29 am

Thanks, I didnt spot it right away. Where were the other theaters in relation to this? (University, Park, Keiths) Were the Park and Alhambra on one side and the rest on the other side?of the street? I have a fascination with this area, but the theaters were long gone before I could explore it…

jsomich
jsomich on February 15, 2005 at 1:11 pm

You can see the circle marquee in the upper right-hand portion of the picture. It is easy to spot. The view is looking west down Euclid Aavenue from E105th St. The theatre on the right is the Alhambra.

Hibi
Hibi on February 15, 2005 at 12:55 pm

Which marquee is the Circle? What is the theater next to it? Its on the right side of the street? Is this looking east or west?

jsomich
jsomich on February 9, 2005 at 3:57 pm

Here is a photo of the Circle from the ‘40s.
http://maxxgen.org/circle/circle.jpg
BTW Bill Randle was the emcee for the Elvis shows at the Circle.
Bill died last year (2004)
I assume the Circle was named for “University Circle.”