Philadelphia, PA – Pearl Theatre at Avenue North closes, to be replaced with AMC

posted by ThrHistoricalSociety on August 29, 2016 at 7:55 am


From The Pearl Theatre at Avenue North closed over the weekend, ending a decade-long run for the seven-screen movie house at Temple University’s North Philadelphia campus. It will be replaced by what Avenue North developer Bart Blatstein calls “the city’s first high-end” movie theater from AMC Theaters.

“It is a testimony for the support of this theater and how great the community around it is,” Blatstein said of the incoming AMC on Monday, adding that much of the Pearl’s business came from neighborhood residents.

AMC, which will convert the former Pearl into one of its own locations, currently offers a number of novel approaches to the moviegoing experience, including food service and alcoholic beverages in some areas. What amenities the coming theater at Avenue North will offer was not immediately clear.

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the building looks amazing..and even if the prices are higher then in other cinemas I’d go there..just being in place where some history could have been made is quite fascinating..and my colleagues from paper typer service would definitely agree with me though we usually do not agree on many things

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