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Paul Klieman, 90, Operated Movie Theaters

April 20, 2006
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Paul Klieman, 90, who managed and operated and chain of movie theaters in Philadelphia, died April 7. A resident of Wynnewood, he grew up in North Philadelphia.

A graduate of Northeast High School, Klieman worked as a bookkeeper at Pearl Theater in North Philadelphia before he became manager there, and at several other theaters in Philadelphia.

A part-owner of the Cambria theater in North Philadelphia, he was also the owner of the Leader and Capital theaters in West Philadelphia. He continued to operate the Capital until it closed in 1992.

During his career, he met Howard Hughes, and became friends with Ossie Davis.

Active in the community, Klieman helped found the Police Athletic League of Philadelphia. He served as a PAL officer for many years, and had been chairman of the board. He later donated the Leader building to PAL, which opened a recreation center there in 1971 dedicated to the memory of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He was also active with the Variety Club.

Through his involvement with PAL, Klieman met Coretta Scott King and many local politicians. He was also invited to the White House by Presidents Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford.

Klieman is survived by his wife, the former Miriam Toretch; daughters Susan Klieman, Judith Stein and Carol Lowe; son Charles Klieman; a sister; a brother; five grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his first wife of 55 years, Harriet Lean Klieman, in 1991.

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