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According to this article, the combined seating for the two theatres will total 210 seats (125+85).
Enright Theater 1933.
Opening ad published on April 21, 1917.
The location given on the Light House Cinema website is Market Square. The breakdown on the seating is as follows:
Screen 1-277 seatsScreen 2-153 seatsScreen 3-118 seatsScreen 4-68 seats
If this link works, you will find a March 3, 1917 article about the opening of the Strand Theatre on Germantown Avenue and Venango Street in Moving Picture World. They also give the opening date as January 1 of that year.
Another option, which is slower, is to download the Moving Picture World in pdf format here. The article is on page 1351 or you can do a search using “Germantown” as the keyword.
Globe Theatre 1917.
Palm Garden Theatre circa 1913.
Published in the Philadelphia Evening Ledger on January 1, 1917.
Innovations in theatre construction and outfitting make the new Strand Theatre, Germantown Avenue and Venango Street, which introduces itself to Philadelphia at the matinee this afternoon. The playhouse not only is handsome, fresh and well designed, it boasts a number of novel touches calculated to appeal to the intelligent patronage which it solicits.
Chief of these is the automobile boxes feature for parties of people who come to the theatre in their motorcars. On an adjacent lot has been put up a garage, where automobiles may be checked and the owners satisfied of their safety during the performance.
The total seating capacity of the Strand is about 2200. Old rose is the basis of the color scheme throughout. Panels, walls and draperies show this tint in velour. An orchestra of eighteen pieces will furnish the music for the photoplays. A large organ is being installed.
And the opening feature was Clara Kimball Young in “The Foolish Virgin”.
This should help to solve the mystery of the opening year of the Strand. In the photo section is a newspaper picture of the interior of the Strand. The picture was published in the Philadelphia Evening Ledger on December 30, 1916. Caption with the picture states that the Strand located at Germantown Avenue & Venango Street would open on January, 1 (1917).
Published on December 30, 1916.
Here is a website for the Crystal Theatre.
Published on May 9, 1951.
The year given for this photo is 1930.
The Star Theatre opened on September 18, 1911 with 1,200 seats. There was a previous Star Theatre on N. Tioga Street that opened around 1908 so this theatre is sometimes referred to as the New Star Theatre, although “New” is most likely not part of its official name.
I haven’t found any mention of the Steeplechase Theatre in old newspapers prior to 1915. One newspaper mentioned that the Steeplechase Theatre was located “near the park entrance”. That could be the Boardwalk entrance or the Rockaway Beach Boulevard entrance. An April 11, 1914 edition of The Wave has ads for the following theatres on the Rockaway Peninsula:
Corse Payton’s Columbia Theatre-Far Rockaway-vaudeville
Priestley’s Atlantic Theatre-motion pictures
Empire Theatre-motion pictures
New Theatre-motion pictures
No Vitagraph or Steeplechase Theatre is advertised at that time.
Grand Theatre circa 1918.
Here is a 1982 photo showing both the Capri Theatre and the adjacent Cinema I.
This is a 1982 photo of Cinema I.
Here is a working link for the Hobo Museum.
I found another ad from 1919. So far, the timeline for the Steeplechase Theatre is 1915-1919.
This is an opening ad for the 1919 season. Published on June 19, 1919.
This was published in The Wave on May 21, 1915.
Isidore Klein, formerly of the New Theatre, has taken over the management of the Steeplechase Theatre at Steeplechase Park, and announces its opening on Saturday evening, May 29, and will be pleased to welcome all his former patrons. The theatre has the largest mirror screen in America, which makes the projection of pictures very clear and sharp, thus assuring perfect satisfaction, and all flickering and eyestrain is eliminated.
Mr. Klein will show exclusive first run pictures in the true sense of the phrase, and the sole rights in the highest class photo dramas have been secured. Two machines and two operators will be employed so that no delays will be experienced between films. Every comfort and courtesy will be extended patrons.
The information given at this link claims that the Star Theatre was built in 1912. This website claims that the Star Theatre was built in 1911 as an Opera House. It’s possible that this theatre replaced the 1904 theatre.
Published on August 13, 1915.
Thanks for those links Walter. I’ll save them for future reference. The 1904 ad does give the location of the Arverne Pier Theatre as Boardwalk and Gaston Avenue. I’m going to upload the Pier Theatre ad to the photo section for this theatre. I’ll remove it in a few days after everyone has had a chance to see it.