Goldman Theatre

30 S. 15th Street,
Philadelphia, PA 19102

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Ross Care on February 6, 2010 at 2:51 pm

Was there a Sam Goody’s record store across from or near the Goldman?

kencmcintyre on January 7, 2010 at 10:28 pm

Here is a January 1948 photo from the Irvin Glazer theater collection:

HowardBHaas on May 6, 2009 at 6:59 am

Here’s some tidbits from the 1952 to 1953 of Goldman history:

1952 Box Office: showing film noir “Clash by Night”

1 Aug 1953 Box Office: Goldman Theatre installing 3 D

29 Aug 1953 Box office: “The War of the Worlds” at Goldman

14 Nov 1953 Box Office: Jack Palance star of “Flight to Tangier” was in town to help promotion, which will open locally at the Goldman

HowardBHaas on May 3, 2009 at 11:47 am

MORE from 1951. The 26 May 1951 Box Office reported two different tidbits. The Goldman Theatre displayed a General Sherman tank for the premiere of “Go for Broke!” And, Esther Williams kicked off Armed Forces Day with a ceremony on May 18th on the Goldman stage

HowardBHaas on May 3, 2009 at 9:04 am

Here are some Goldman highlights from 1951.

17 Feb 1951 Box Office reported that actor Van Heflin was in Philadelphia to promote “Tomahawk” then in its 3rd week at the Goldman Theatre.

24 March 1951 Box Office reported that Anthony Dexter, the lead of “Valentino” was to appear on Saturday 24 March at the Goldman, which is where the film opened. 31 March 1951 Box Office reported that both Patricia Medina & Anthony Dexter of “Valentino” cast appeared at the Goldman

25 Aug 1951 Box Office reported that the film noir “His Kind of Woman” opened at the Goldman Theatre with personal appearances by its stars Robert Mitchum, Vincent Price, Marjorie Reynolds and Tim Holt

dennisczimmerman on April 25, 2009 at 6:51 pm

The Goldman was better with “Funny Girl” and 70mm on the marquee.

kencmcintyre on April 7, 2009 at 8:29 pm

This 1980 photo is how I remember the Goldman.

finkysteet on March 2, 2009 at 5:18 pm

HOWARD — YOU ARE THE MAN! That answers my question about the acoustical tiles that also were at the Randolph. Those Goldman fixtures, gosh, I wanted them so bad but no one was allowed in bldg prior to its razing it as was permitted at the Fox. Those sconces were pretty strong, too. A huge chunk of debris fell on one as they were tearing the place down (I watched in horror) but it barely budged. And those huge neon letters — who knew? Eleven rows of neon? I’m sitting here screaming at the images on my laptop, like, “D—–! Look at this!” So you see, moviegoing for me went far beyond just the film itself. Thank you so much for these links, Howard. Coffee and a dozen donuts are on me!

HowardBHaas on March 1, 2009 at 4:17 am

More photos! Google search exactly
Boxoffice October 12, 1946
enter page 170 in the search box, and also page 182
p 170 full page on Goldman Theatre, with exterior & interior photos,
continued on p. 182. Don’t miss the photo of the lady next to the sconce!

finkysteet on February 28, 2009 at 11:30 pm

Too bad we didn’t have digital cameras and photo-sharing sites then!

veyoung52 on February 28, 2009 at 11:23 pm

“From that view, it leads one to believe that "Tycoon” is the theater name the way it’s emblazoned across the marquee"…
You should’ve seen it years later when the “Spartacus” artwork covered the vertical “Goldman” name all the way up to the “G”.

finkysteet on February 28, 2009 at 11:13 pm

Now, that’s false advertising — kind of. From that view, it leads one to believe that “Tycoon” is the theater name the way it’s emblazoned across the marquee, and that perhaps the theater may have had previous ownership prior to the Goldman era (a la the Viking/Aldine/Cinema 19/Sam’s Place) Thanks for clearing that up, and many thanks for posting the links — that Boxoffice magazine is a real enjoyable doozy!

HowardBHaas on February 28, 2009 at 6:25 am

Some archive links break over time but to see on at Temple Urban Archives, go to
in the box type in
scroll down to Fifteenth Street
for exterior photo c. 1951 photo, of Goldman showing a Burt Lancaster film, “Vengeance Valley”

HowardBHaas on February 28, 2009 at 6:03 am

The Goldman Theatre is also described by Barry Goodkin , with photos and blueprints in Vol 35 No. 3 (Third Quarter 2003) of Marquee, publication of Theatre Historical Society of America. Back issues can be ordered from them. The issue describes other Philadelphia theaters, and most especially the Earle.

HowardBHaas on February 28, 2009 at 5:47 am

Heh, heh, if you google search exactly
Boxoffice February 07, 1948
and punch 26 in the page box
you will see anexterior photo with “Tycoon” at the theater.

finkysteet on February 27, 2009 at 8:57 pm

Thought I read somewhere that the Goldman was once called the Tycoon theater many moons ago. Any truth to this?

kencmcintyre on February 17, 2009 at 5:22 pm

This is from Boxoffice magazine in June 1946:

PHILADELPHIA-It is nearly time for the new William Goldman house at 15th and Chestnut Streets to make its bow, and rumors are circulating as to what picture Goldman will get for the premiere. It is believed that “The Kid from Brooklyn” with Danny Kaye may be the opening show.

veyoung52 on January 25, 2009 at 9:05 am

Does anybody else remember the ridiculous law suit those Budco people tried to bring against the Philadelphia film critics who publicly decried United Artists' decision to book “Apocalypse Now” into this breath-takingly awful theatre? I’ve spoken to one of those critics since then…it all came to naught…the public stayed away from the Goldman in droves…and the suit was dropped. It would be difficult to find a worse theatre in the Philadelphia area nowadays…I said “difficult,”….not “impossible”

finkysteet on July 14, 2008 at 12:09 am

Hi, everyone. Call me crazy, but I adored those “vertical bow tie” lighting fixtures inside the auditorium. They emitted an orange glow during the film, then white during intermission. And above it were two floodlights (yecch!) on each fixture. When they were demolishing the place in ‘84, I stood on the steps of the old Meridian Bldg. and watched part of my childhood vanish before my eyes. Among the films I saw there were “Claudine,” “Meatballs,” and “The Dirty Dozen.” It was probably my 2nd-favorite theater (Boyd, #1!)

And yes, when it “twinned,” it was horrible. We could hear the audio of the film next door through the wall, and they had the nerve to paint the wall color from dark green to white.

veyoung52 on July 2, 2008 at 2:44 pm

A shame, of course, that no one has photos of the auditorium, where, surprise!, surprise!, “the action was.”

HowardBHaas on July 2, 2008 at 1:17 pm

originally from Philadelphia City Archives, 1959 with Porgy and Bess on the marquee!
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kencmcintyre on January 16, 2008 at 8:00 am

So 2/84 was the demolition date. I lived at 15th and Pine until September 1984, so I guess I wasn’t paying attention. Thanks for the info, Howard. We Philly lawyers have to stick together, right?

HowardBHaas on August 26, 2007 at 6:29 pm

Nah, there’s a photo of it being demolished and a Feb 24, 1984 letter to the editor of Philadelphia Inquirer by Irvin R. Glazer reprinted (and referring to the photo) on back cover of 3rd Q 2003 Marquee of the Theatre Historical Society of America. It would be improper if I scanned & posted it, but as a THS member, I can tell you that most of the back issues are avail for purchase. THS has its own website. That issue has an entire section on the Goldman including the Stairway image which I posted above. (independently of THS, I have an original print of the Stairway image). Gorgeous photos of some Philadelphia movie palaces, and write-ups, are also in the same issue.

kencmcintyre on August 26, 2007 at 5:57 pm

I moved out of Center City in June 1984. Does anyone know when in 1984 the theater was demolished? I believe it was still there when I left.

HowardBHaas on August 22, 2007 at 7:12 am

Photo by Dennis Zimmerman of Funny Girl in 70 mm on the marquee (before the twinning that horrified Vince):
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Thanks to Dennis for taking the photo and for allowing it to be posted.