Belgrade Theatre

2848 Belgrade Street,
Philadelphia, PA 19134

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Belgrade Theatre

The Belgrade Theatre is located on Belgrade Street at the corner of E. Auburn Street. It originally opened in 1913, with seating for around 500. In 1920, the theatre was remodeled, and in 1937, the Belgrade Theatre received another facelift, this time in the Art Moderne style, by architect David Supowitz. The theatre remained in operation until 1966. Today the building houses a furniture repair store.

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portrichmond on September 20, 2006 at 8:56 am

Remodeled in 1937, the Belgrade was one of the first theaters to use glass block sructurally and decoratively.

The Belgrade showed Polish language movies in the 1950’s to accommodate its Polish Port Richmond neighborhood. Students from St. Adalbert Catholic School(Polish) often made field trips to the Belgrade to view the Polish films.

The Belgrade temporarily suspended movie operations during World War I and became a sewing shop that manufactured uniforms for
American troops.

A Mr. Owens was the first owner of the Belgrade; hence, its name Owens Theater and Owensies a neighborhood nickname.

Bello is the neighborhood equivalent to Belgrade.

portrichmond on September 20, 2006 at 9:37 am

Only the top photo posted at is that of the Belgrade Theater. The 2 other photos are of a beer distibutor. The Belgrade did not stand alone nor did it have parking. The theater stood directly at the sw corner of Belgrade and Auburn Streets in Philadelphia Pa. Brick row homes and businesses;namely, Spina Bakery were neighbors to the Belgrade.

HowardBHaas on July 15, 2007 at 12:10 pm

This photo is from 9-15-1937 The Exhibitor article on Glass Brick
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Text: Aisleheads of the new Belgrade Theatre, Philadelphia, PA David Supowitz, Architect, uses glass brick corners inlaid in wood and lighted from within to direct patrons and promote (Howard Haas note: rest of text missing from my photocopy)

Another photo from same page of the drinking fountain:
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johnm001 on October 8, 2007 at 5:20 pm

I remember seeing “The World of Henry Orient”, “A Hard Day’s Night” and “Giant”, among other films, at The Belgrade.

portrichmond on July 3, 2008 at 5:29 am

ken mc, do you have any memories of the belgrade that you can share on this forum?

kencmcintyre on July 3, 2008 at 7:59 am

No, I don’t. I went to college in Philly, but I don’t recall this theater.

kencmcintyre on May 7, 2009 at 7:27 pm

Here is the view from Google. I guess they just stuccoed over whatever was on the front.

TheALAN on December 25, 2013 at 11:58 pm

A great photo of a stuccoed wall. Would anyone have a photo of the Belgrade Theatre before the stucco? Please share if you do. Thanks!

TheALAN on April 21, 2015 at 6:47 pm

‘Portrichmond'says a Mr. Owens was the first owner of the Belgrade, although PAB lists Louis Rovner as the client. PAB also says “Louis Rovner was part of the company of Handle & Rovner Amuesment Enterprises, which operated many theatres in the Philadelphia area.” That Philadelphia area included at least a dozen theatres in South Jersey. Could it be that Mr. Owens was the manager of the Belgrade Theatre, not the owner?

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