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By the 1940’s, the venue was called Reade’s Paramount Theatre.
Just a clarification on Gary Crawford’s comment (April 17, 2008 at 11:23 am) that the theatre was originally named the Rosenberg Theatre. Again, it never was! It opened as the (Reade) St. James Theatre in 1917 and retaind that name, or a variation, until its demolition in 1974. Please, let’s check the accuracy of our comments. Thanks!
Confusing? The Mayfair Theatre is in the top center. The St. James Theatre is to the right of the Mayfair Theatre, next to the ferris wheel.
Confusing? The Mayfair Theatre is in the top center. The St. James Theatre, (brown brick building), is to the right, between the Mayfair Theatre and the three-story white frame building.
. . . the brown brick facade has been stuccoed over.
Thank’s Hyford for your comment today!
Although Henry Rosenberg built the theater, he had changed the family surname to Reade by the start of World War I, (c.1914). The St. James Theatre didn’t open until 1917.
Since the top of the marquee said Reade, it could be said that the name of the theater was Reade St. James Theatre. But in practicality, Reade was never used as a part of the theater’s name.
And Rosenberg was never a part of its name!
Cinema Treasures says the Paramount Theatre seated 1,268. Ron Salters commented (on April 2, 2006 at 8:59 am) that the Paramount seated 1,212 — 760 on the main floor and 452 in the balcony. Does anyone know for sure who is correct? Also, when did the Paramount close and when was it demolished?
What, where and when?
A photo of the theater on Sunday, September 30, 2007 during early restoration.
No exact opening or closing dates for the Decatur Outdoor Theatre/121 Outdoor Drive-In?
No photo of the Commons 6?
Does anyone know who the architect was and in what style it was designed? Please share!
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.