Arcadia Theatre

1529 Chestnut Street,
Philadelphia, PA 19102

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dennisczimmerman on August 8, 2004 at 3:56 am

The Arcadia Theatre and the Trans-Lux were two different theatres. They we both in the same block of Chestnut street, however, they were a few doors apart from each other. The Trans-Lux later was purchased by the Sameric Theatre Co. and renamed the Eric’s Place Theatre. It closed many years ago. I was never in the Arcadia Theatre, but attended a few films at the Trans-Lux prior to its Eric’s Place days. It was a small theatre with only about 300 seats if my memory serves me correctly. I remember passing the Arcadia after it’s conversion to a Roy Rodgers. But have not been in Center city Philadelphia in about 15 years.When the Liberty Place towers were built, Center City lost the Duke and Duchess Theatres (Sameric) and the Regency Twin which was built by the Goldman Theatre Co.

phillyjams on March 14, 2004 at 6:53 am

No it was not demolished. Liberty place is built on the 1600 block of Chestnut. Today, the Arcadia/Roy Roger’s building still stands on Chestnut, albeit boarded up. I never recall seeing a film here, but do remember countless times eating at the huge restaurant. You’d enter the front and walk forever to get to the service counter. This was the coolest fast food place in the city because you could go upstairs to the balcony and you could enter from the back entrance off of Ranstead street. I think Roys had a similar restaurnt on the 1200 block of Chestnut St.