Orpheum Theatre

511 Main Street,
Clarion, PA 16214

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Orpheum Theatre

I noticed that the Orpheum Theatre was on Main Street during a visit to the Autumn Leaf Festival. The 442-seat Orpheum Theatre was opened by 1911. It operated into the 1980’s.

It went into retail use and by 2022 was a pizza restaurant.

Contributed by Pat Locke

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on December 21, 2004 at 6:10 pm

The street address of the Orpheum Theatre is listed as 511 Main Street, Clarion, PA

The Film Daily Yearbook for 1941 gives a seating capacity of 442, by 1950 it had 350 seats.

richardg on April 8, 2006 at 4:52 pm

My notes from 1986, indicate that both theatres were open. I saw “Peggy Sue Got Married” at the Orpheum. My notes indicate the theatre was small, had been twinned, and was rather plain inside. I did not see the inside of the other theatre. I returned to Clarion in 2000, to find both theatres closed, which confirms the statements above.
Before you all rush to the “ebay bidding war” check out the nearby competition. Memory tells me (but I’m not positive) these guys abandoned downtown and built a new facility on the outskirts of town.

jukingeo on May 1, 2006 at 5:41 pm


Does anyone know if this theatre can support live acts? Is it still for sale?

Thank You,


BognarRegis on May 30, 2007 at 12:24 pm

The Orpheum in Clarion is up for sale or lease again. Last I heard from a local realator the current owner wants $150,000 for it unfortunately the floor was leveled a couple years ago to acomodate a Discovery Zone type play place. It was then occupied by Sparky’s Pizza Buffet which folded in January of 2007. It could acomodate live acts but the stage is non existent and the only sign that was a theatre originally is the marquis out front.

kencmcintyre on January 24, 2009 at 8:21 pm

After the pizza place folded, it looks like the most recent occupant was a scrapbook store:

Patsy on October 25, 2009 at 3:47 pm

Recently I was in Clarion PA and noticed that the marquee wasn’t lighted so wondered what the current status is of this cinema?

britta1988 on March 22, 2010 at 2:49 am

Being a student at the university here, this theater, along with the Garby, are closed. Scrap Happy is still in the Orpheum location while I have no idea what is going on with the Garby. It may be for sale again.

kencmcintyre on March 22, 2010 at 3:50 am

Function should be retail.

50sSNIPES on April 17, 2022 at 1:08 am

The Orpheum dates back as early as 1911.

On April 11, 1929, The Orpheum ended its silent run and began running sound films via Vitaphone which installed on February 28, 1929, with “The Home Towners” as its first film.

Patsy on June 26, 2022 at 4:32 pm

Think this charming cinema is now a pizza parlor. Shame.

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