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This seems to be where Charlie Chaplin was performing, with the Fred Karno Music Hall, when he got his famous telegram requesting that he come to New York to meet with the lawyers who presented him with the offer to work in Hollywood.
I remember the theater from my childhood, when I lived in my first house, on 48th and Walnut.
The picture has nothing to do with the site.
One of the few theaters that, as a kid, I didn’t want to enter. Always seemed to be full of drunks (there were enough bars around).
Among the films I saw here were “The Birds”.
Once, in the late 1960s, when it was an “art-house theater”, I saw Buster Keaton’s “The General”, with live accompaniment.
Anyone here remember the Saturday kiddie matinees in the ‘60s? All the neighborhood kids would meet there (some after synagogue), for whatever was showing. It cost a quarter dollar, another 15 cents for popcorn. I now teach film history, but, as Pauline Kael would say, I lost it at the City Line Center theater.
Best memory: “The Great Escape”, after which we decided to set up a POW camp in the woods, and tunnel our way out. Worked on it for about two days.