Lane Theatre

N. Broad Street & 67th Avenue,
Philadelphia, PA 19126

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Opened in 1938, the Lane Theatre, located at Broad Street and 67th Avenue, was designed by David Supowitz in Art Moderne style. It could seat 607. After the Lane Theatre closed as a movie theater in 1975, it became a Datsun car dealership until at least 1985. It later became home to a church.

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raymondgordonsears on March 11, 2005 at 7:31 am

The theatre is now a church and day care center. When they installed the cinemascope screen the stage was lost. The new screen had to go in front of the stage. They would use a slide projector with different colors to lite the screen before the show because of no curtain. rg

veyoung52 on February 9, 2006 at 8:28 am

Many long, long runs here including the premiere engagement of “David and Lisa,” and the French suspense classic “Diabolique.”

shoeshoe14 on July 9, 2007 at 6:23 pm

This theatre was mentioned on a DVD of the Dick Cavett Show. Lots of theatres were named in the golden age of theatres.

HowardBHaas on February 16, 2009 at 2:08 pm

Box Office November 12, 1938 describes opening festivities for this new Warner Bros theater last Wednesday: A four and a half mile run from North Broad Street’s Uptown Theatre, a parade of military & school bands of Oak Lane preceded speeches, and speeches including that of Mayor S. Davis Wilson.

zzppf on May 20, 2009 at 4:05 pm

Played an eclectic mix on films in the 60"s. “A Funny thing Happened on the Way To Forum” played there first run, I believe the only location in the city.
Also Joanna very quirky mod sex comedy directed by Michael Sarne who got Myra Breckenridge
based on Joanna’s success.

kencmcintyre on August 15, 2009 at 8:56 am

Here is a larger version of the photo posted on 3/2/05:

kencmcintyre on January 21, 2010 at 12:42 am

Here is an April 1975 photo from Temple U:

calcynic on October 17, 2010 at 11:44 am

Went there once and got jumped. Never went back.

Matthew Prigge
Matthew Prigge on November 19, 2012 at 1:47 am

If anyone has any stories about going to/ working at this threatre in its adult days, I would love to hear them. I am chronicling the histories of adult theatres in the US. Please contact me at Thanks!

Mikeoaklandpark on November 19, 2012 at 10:57 am

Above information needs to be corrected. This theater was a Datsun car dealership at least through 1983. I am not sure when the church moved in.

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