Clifton 5

717 Washington Street,
Huntingdon, PA 16652

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Previously operated by: Harris Amusement Co.

Functions: Movies (First Run)

Previous Names: Clifton Theater, Cinema Theatre

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 814.643.3310

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Clifton 5

Replacing an earlier Clifton Theatre which was destroyed by fire on November 30, 1930. This Clifton Theatre was opened in 1931 with 1,000 seats. By 1941 it was part of the Harris Amusement Co. chain. In 1983 it was renamed Cinema Theatre

In 1996 it became a five screen theatre operated by Huntingdon Cinemas as the Clifton 5.

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on March 15, 2006 at 3:29 am

Listed in the 1950 edition of the Film Daily Yearbook with a seating capacity given as 903.

kencmcintyre on June 14, 2009 at 9:19 am

Here is an August 1929 ad from the Huntingdon Daily News:

mccoocj07 on March 16, 2010 at 6:41 pm

hey so im writing an article..and you guys seem to have a lot of info about the clifton 5 any resources to share…as well as any little known facts? anything you’re willing to share would be appreciated! Thanks!

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 11, 2014 at 1:29 pm

In late 1930, two of Huntingdon’s movie theaters suffered major fires. This item is from the Janaury 2, 1931, issue of The Film Daily:

“Huntingdon, Pa. — The Grand, closed for months following a fire, will be reopened about Feb. 1 by the Patriotic Order Sons of America, with Western Electric equipment. The Clifton was destroyed by fire recently.”
The March 5 issue of the same publication noted that the POSA had sold the Grand Theatre to A. N. Notopolous. The reopening of the Clifton Theatre was noted in the May 24 issue, in which it was listed as new theater. As it had taken over four months to get the Clifton reopened, the damage must have been quite extensive.

50sSNIPES on March 15, 2023 at 6:18 pm

This Clifton Theatre replaced an older Clifton Theatre which closed on November 30, 1930 after being destroyed by the second out of two fires that same year.

The newer Clifton Theatre opened its doors in 1931, although I cannot find its grand opening date at all. For more than five decades, the Clifton Theatre served as a single-screen movie theater. But in 1983, the Clifton Theatre changed its name to “Cinema Theatre” retaining its single-screen.

Its last days as a single-screener concluded in 1996, and at the time it was converted into a five-screen theater, renaming it the “Clifton 5”.

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