Devon Theater To Become Performing Arts Center

posted by Ross Melnick on August 13, 2004 at 7:44 am

PHILADELPHIA, PA — The Devon Theater will be restored and renovated into a 500-seat performing arts center, according to an article in the Northeast Times.

The newspaper reports that the Mayfair Community Development Corporation will reopen the renamed Devon Theater of Performing Arts to “showcase a wide range of entertainment – live theater, opera, orchestra and ballet performances, children’s shows, dance and music recitals, comedy cabarets, holiday plays – and even an occasional movie.”

For related stories, read this archived article and editorial about the theater’s closure.

(Thanks to Howard Haas for sending this in.)

Comments (8)

PhiladelMike
PhiladelMike on August 16, 2004 at 1:01 am

The Devon Theatre is actually located in Philadelphia.
Mayfair is the name of the district where it is located.

Apparently the Devon was a porno house for much of the
1960s.

Eddiej1984
Eddiej1984 on August 23, 2004 at 9:19 pm

Yes, there was a good article on the devon couple years back in the daily news, from what i recall it opened as a movie theatre, then in the 60’s or 70’s became an adult theatre to try and get movies, up until 98 or 99 it showed month old movies for under 2 bucks, it closed but opened again for a year at the most then closed for good, until now. the daily news pointed out how it was the last of its kind in philly.

EBThomas
EBThomas on August 30, 2004 at 11:46 am

We currently have a great offer for your refurbishing project. Although we can not help with funding, we can offer great Auditorium seats (fully cushioned \ floor mount) for a very great price.

For $59 USD we have numerous very well maintained seats, digital pictures can be provided, that could drastically reduce your renovation costs.

Give us a call (780) 432-4765 if you would be interested in these very historical seats.

Thomas

teddi13
teddi13 on September 21, 2004 at 9:10 am

Since I’m from the Wissinoming Area of Philadelphia, The Devon Theatre was a popular place to go when I was a kid, and after it closed in 2000 I was very upset to see it boarded up.

To see it now in the early stages of reopening makes me so happy, especially since it’s going to be a Performing Arts Center now.

I’m commenting on this article because I am interested in getting a parttime/fulltime job there or even just volunteering on the weekends or certain weekdays, just to get my feet wet in the Theatre Business. If there is any way of contacting the people I need to, to show them my information/resume I would appreciate it very much.

Jenny Ferris

dennisbrennan
dennisbrennan on January 28, 2005 at 11:28 am

My wife and I are opening a Coffee Cafe as part of the renovation of the Devon and its retail spaces. If anyone is interested, please e-mail me at

CKY61488
CKY61488 on January 8, 2006 at 12:15 pm

I read the article and I think they should allow concerts for local bands around Philadelphia. Since the closing of Club HP has been a fork in the road for local bands, I believe it would be a great idea to allow bands, after all it is a theater for performing arts.
Is there anyone I can contact about this?

kegsaneggs
kegsaneggs on November 9, 2006 at 5:36 am

Recently, I have started my own Face Painting business I’m trying to get into special FX makeup and since the devon is literally right down the street from me I was hoping to maybe do some makeup for some plays, etc. I don’t know who to contact about this but if anyone has any idea please email me. Thank you.

nsohenick
nsohenick on July 19, 2007 at 11:59 am

I was looking to rent the theatre but it looks like they stopped development on it? I guess it has been a long time, but it’s looks better. Anyone know what’s up with it? CKY, did you ever find a local venue for local musicians? Anyone have suggestions. I am looking to hold a free concert/jam sessions and need some room. I wanted to do something outside like PennyPack, but it was way too much money.

How about St. Valentine’s park in Bensalem. Anyone know how to rent that? Or any other stage outside or inside venue?

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