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How many seats does the Franklin Theater have, who was the architect and when did it open?
“The Franklin Theater … has cinema-style seating, a full surround sound system, acoustical treatment, a high contrast perforated screen, and a state-of-the-art high definition digital 3D projection system. The latter enables us to present new digital 3D films, giant screen favorites re-mastered in 3D, and live events with digital 3D content! And, the sound and projection systems will improve the quality of lectures and daily programming”. — Source: The Franklin Institute
Okay, so it took 12 years, but they got it done! To those who said it shouldn’t happen, couldn’t happen, wouldn’t happen, or didn’t happen — ?!*/%#+ … . , to you! It did happen! Welcome back King’s Theatre, and thank you to all those who made it happen!
Maybe the absence of details is for the best!
In what style was the Liberty designed and who was the architect? Please share . . . and thank you!
Incidentally, this neighborhood is Tacony — not Wissinoming.
Since Dave removed his comment, I’ll repost my comment from June 2, 2014 at 6:54 pm. Sorry Dave, you’re a little confused! It’s EAST Columbia Avenue (today renamed EAST Cecil B. Moore Avenue).
Thanks Joe for responding!
In what style was the Alhambra Theatre designed and does amyone have photos of this theater? Please share.
Strange thing about this Ritz Theater is that it’s in Port Richmond, New York. And there’s not a clue to what New York’s Port Richmond has to do with Philadelphia’s Port Richmond!
Not actually a photo — this is an artist’s conception.
Now just a decrepit mess!
It’s been a year since I asked if anyone had a photo of the 29th Street Palace Theater. I’m sure someone has access to one. Please share?
How did the nonprofit produce the Backseat Film Festival for six years if they opened in 2008 and closed in 2011? The arithmetic says three years or four years at best.
Friel on March 28, 2004 at 10:35 pm
A notable fact concerning one of Benn’s neighbors. W C Field was born in a house next to the Benn Theatre.
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The above comment is incorrect. The following contains the correct information:
“William Claude Dukenfield was born Jan. 29, 1880 in Darby, Pennsylvania, just across the Philadelphia city line.”
Source — W. C. Fields © 1999 – 2006 John F. Crowley
Thank you Howard for your insight!
It’s now nine months later and I would like to ask again — how many damn cars did the 61st Street Drive-In hold?
The street address given for the Benner, 6056 Castor Avenue, is incorrect! During the Benner days, 6056 was an Oriental business, part of the three attached stores (6056, 6058 & 6060 Castor Ave.) on the end of the block that are connected to the former theater. The correct address for the Benner Theatre is 6052-54 Castor Avenue.
Again, rivest266 with http://fultonhistory.com/Newspapers%2023 … A total waste of time, energy, and space!
Who is rivest266 and what is Tiny grand opening ad … ? Just more time, energy, and space wasted. But to everyone else, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
This property is again available for SALE or LEASE. Does anyone know what the interior looks like since those discount furniture stores moved on? I’m sure they had no interest in preservation! And without a doubt they sold the murals.
When did the the Lehigh close? Shoeshoe14 says 1955. Richwy150 says he was 5 years old when it closed, but doesn’t say when he was 5. And PHILLYTOM says he went to the Lehigh Theatre — although he wasn’t even born until after 1955. Please — someone solve this mystery!
Yes, the Lehigh Theatre was a smaller theater than the Cambria Theatre — 480 vs. 850.
Landmark Theatres rescue of The Sunshine — after a 50-year hiatus — gives hope that some of our historic theaters may survive after all. Unfortunately, in the restoration of this theater’s facade, Landmark chose not to replicate the theater’s historic marquee. Instead, block letters illuminated in neon were used. Not quite restoration!
I guess the good folks in Eureka Springs don’t get out much because it seems the old movie house closed one day and no one seemed to notice!