Great Website for Historic Theater Research!

posted by xirtam on February 9, 2004 at 5:04 pm

I found this site by accident while searching for general theater information. There seems to be plenty of information, though most of it is general. I spend a few hours on it a day and still haven’t gotten to the end of it.

The list seems to be extensive and very interesting. The site allows you to cross reference the addresses of the theaters in Philadelphia with the Board of Revisions of Taxes website. The tax site allows you to see who currently owns the properties and if they’re still operating as theaters.

The list is not exclusively Philadelphia theaters. I think they list them by project type, so there are theaters across the country that pop up on it. A great starting point for research of historic theaters. I’m going to post the site address in the Links section also.

Enjoy!!

Irvin R. Glazer Theater Collection (via the Philadelphia Architects and Buildings Project)

Comments (4)

Manwithnoname
Manwithnoname on February 9, 2004 at 5:36 pm

Interesting, but if you want to see the photos you must pay $40/yr.

JimRankin
JimRankin on February 9, 2004 at 6:24 pm

The late Irvin R. Glazer was a life-long Philadelphian and a past president of the Theatre Historical Soc. of America, where there held in their Archive many of the images on this site, copies of which can be purchased for a lesser price from them. Mr. Glazer’s many writings are also cataloged at this location and can be copied for you by noting the fees and contact on the ARCHIVE page on their site: www.HistoricTheatres.org If you have a specific need, inquire of them via the Executive Director’s E-mail as listed on their home page. You can also send a letter, of course

Eddiej1984
Eddiej1984 on February 10, 2004 at 5:14 am

i am from philadelphia (i work at amc neshaminy 24) and would like to see the full size pics of the mayfair theatre (which is now an eckerd) but im not paying 40 bucks

xirtam
xirtam on February 10, 2004 at 6:40 pm

I too wouldn’t pay the $40 to get these pic, but I do think it’s a great site to find out about a lot of historic theaters. Especially the ones that were demolished. Some of the theaters do have pictures that you can view right on the web page for free.

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