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During the Oxford Theatre’s early years, VAUDEVILLE also appeared on the roof sign, under PHOTOPLAYS. By 1941, the VAUDEVILLE lettering had been removed,
These were two of the feature films that played at the Oxford Theatre in 1940 —– A drama, “Dr. Kildare’s Crisis” (1940 M-G-M) starring Lew Ayres (1908-1996), Lionel Barrymore (1878-1954), & Laraine Day (1920-2007) —– plus a comedy/drama, “Give Us Wings” (1940 Universal) starring Billy Halop (1920-1976), & Huntz Hall (1919-1999).
Does anyone know who the architect was and in what style the Harrowgate was designed?
Also, a discrepancy exists between the year the Harrowgate opened (1923) and the year the Moller organ was installed (1920). Perhaps the theater was built around the organ?
An artist’s rendering of the Circle Theatre, c.1927.
Thank’s Howard for the photo. There are no scrolling LED marquees here. It looks like ABC Sign Co. were stuck with these and sold them cheap to Atlantic Theaters. Yuk!
No scrolling LED marquees here. Looks like the ABC Sign Co. had a yard sale. Yuk!
Today, Valhalla, a jewelry store, occupies the former theater.
. . . and while I’m here, does anyone know in what year the Beachwood Theatre closed?
The former Center Theatre is now home to Wilmington University Rahoboth Beach.
For further details about the Devon Theater, please see —– MAYFAIR CIVIC ASSOCIATION: Timeline: Devon Zoning from President Donny Smith (Wednesday, June 3, 2015)
It’s been 15-months since Joel told us his company aquired the Devon Theater. In those 15-months, not a peep! Thanks Joel for keeping us informed!
Now we have learned that a church — Kingdom Life Christian Center — has bought the former Devon Theater property. Not sure if that includes the adjoining six stores.
A proposal is now before the Zoning Board of Adjustment for a church, daycare center, and a food bank. What comes next, a drug and alcohol rehab center?
It appears the church group bought the theater before it sought any input from the community. It’s like closing the barn door after the horse gets out!
When representatives from the Mayfair Civic Association approached the church group about community useage of the building, they were refused, saying the church deemed it excessive.
There doesn’t seem to be any room for compromise!
The Crescent Theatre closed in 1950. Thanks to CinemaTour for the info!
The Atco Drive-In was built on only a portion of a much larger tract of land in 1956. The drive-in, now owned by National Amusements, Inc. of Deadham, Mass., closed in September of 1989.
The Atco Multiplex Cinamas was built along the White Horse Pike in 1990, in front of the drive-in on 39.4 acres of undeveloped land.
The Multiplex was closed in September of 2008 and demolished, leaving behind hundreds of parking spaces on acres of asphalt.
Near the barracaded entrance on White Horse Pike is a sign that reads — AVAILABLE 39.4 Acres.
Behind it, among the weeds, lies the abandoned Atco Drive-In.
No Ken, the Tacony-Palmyra bridge toll is no longer a nickel. It’s free to cross the bridge to New Jersey but it’ll cost $2 to get back to Pennsylvania.
The Camden Drive-In was at 2901 Admiral Wilson Blvd. in Pennsauken, NJ 18109. It was between Rosemont Ave. and Lee Ave. Today, Zinman Furs occupies the site of the old drive-in. Camden, NJ is incorrect!
Now the site of Zinman Furs, the Camden Drive-In was located at 2901 Admiral Wilson Blvd. (U.S. Rt. 30) in Pennsauken Twp. New Jersey, between Rosemont Ave. and Lee Ave. Camden, NJ is incorrect!
Wow, that vertical, glass block pylon — or tower — was so impressive that Owens-Illinois Glass Company used the installation in advertising for their Insulux Glass Block. I guess architects Rapp & Rapp were ahead of their time! It’s a shame this portion of the building was destroyed!
Today, the Band Box Theatre is home to the Germantown Recovery Community, a facility of NHS Human Services, Inc.
Please take notice to the BAND BOX sign in this photo. Rick B., in his overview, qustions whether the name is BAND BOX or BANDBOX. The sign says it all — it’s BAND BOX!
The building shown, at Paschall Avenue and S. 55th Street, is not the Bartram Theatre. The Bartram Theatre was behind this property, at 1909 S. 55th Street. Today, an enpty lot is all that remains of the Bartram Theatre.
The overview should say DEMOLISHED. This property was part of Melrose Diner’s expansion. The Gem Theatre had also been called the Oxford Theatre before it closed in 1912.
On Recent Comments, rivest266 on September 24, 2014 at 3:50 pm was incorrect when he stated the Plaza 6 closed in 2013.
The Carmike Plaza 6 closed on January 22, 2015 according to Rob Rindeman, a spokesman for Carmike Cinemas Inc. Carmike, based in Columbus Georgia, is the fourth-largest U.S. theater operator.
Please check the accuracy of information before posting a comment!
Take notice to the front porch of the house next door to the Park Theatre. Although the theater was demolished to make way for a day care center, this house survived.
Thanks guys for your comments!
The address for the Park Theatre should be 8002-04 West Chester Pike, Highland Park, Upper Darby PA 19082.
The theater was demolished and a child-care center, Fairy Tale Academy, was built on the site.
Both of the theater’s neighbors, Park Storage at 8000 West Chester Pike and a single 2-½ story house on the other side of the theater survived.
The Haverford Theater was designed by Philadelphia Architect Harvey M. Housekeeper (fl. 1907-1911) and the exact address is 456-458 N. 60th Street.
Does anyone know in what style this theater was designed and in exactly what year it closed? Also what year it was demolished?
All we need are some cows, horses, or sheep.