Green Hill Theatre

6217 Lancaster Avenue,
Philadelphia, PA 19151

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A neighborhood theatre in the Green Hill area of Philadelphia.

Contributed by Gerald A. DeLuca

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Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on April 12, 2005 at 2:24 pm

I took this photo of the Green Hill while driving by in January 2004.
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Mikeoaklandpark
Mikeoaklandpark on April 12, 2005 at 3:04 pm

The theater closed in the middle 60’s. After it closed it operated as a bingo hall.

mtkane209
mtkane209 on June 9, 2006 at 6:59 pm

Don’t laugh! Years ago 1958 to be exact my boyfriend (now husband) and I used to go to the Greenhill to see the “Carry On” British films. We thought they were hysterical. Anyway, one particular night during the movie, my “boyfriend” put his arm around me. In no time the usher sauntered down the aisle, tapped my “boyfriend” on the shoulder and said, “We’ll have none of that.” We laughed all the way home.

veyoung52
veyoung52 on July 15, 2007 at 10:48 pm

The Green Hill specialized only in British comedies during the 50’s (possibly even earlier). Lots of Terry Thomas, Peter Sellers, and, as mentioned above, the “Carry On” series. House was basically the only Philadelphia house to run British films until the downtown Trans-Lux latched onto “The Mouse That Roared” in 1959 which ran for weeks on end, after which time distributors were more prone to book UK entries into center city houses.

n60steelman
n60steelman on October 6, 2008 at 5:51 pm

Great theatre for funny/satirical British films. Worked there 1957-1962 for .50/.75 per hr. The owners were two bachelor brothers that selected the feature, short subject and cartoons very carefully. The movies ran until the audiences dwindled. I’m All Right Jack ran about 6 months, if my memory is good. I also liked Man in the Cocked Hat with Terry Thomas. We were instructed to break up those necking, but not those with arms around shoulder.
Oddly, there was no concession stand which upset many people over the years.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on December 12, 2008 at 11:15 pm

Here is an item in Boxoffice magazine, October 1963:

PHILADELPHIA-The Greenhill Theater has been selected as site of the American premiere of the new J. Arthur Rank comedy, “A Pair of Briefs”. The date for the premiere is October 16.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on December 12, 2008 at 11:21 pm

The church is still there, according to Google. It doesn’t look very good, though. The marquee is missing some panels.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on December 9, 2009 at 8:34 pm

Here is what the church looked like a few years ago:
http://tinyurl.com/ygtu2e6

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