AMC Palace

1812 Chestnut Street,
Philadelphia, PA 19103

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Opened on July 7, 1967 with Michael Crawford in “The Jokers”, Theater 1812 was an independent first-run theater of the 1960’s and 1970’s, that eventually switched to adult films. It closed and became a meeting hall for the city teachers' union, then was leased by Budco and reopened as the Palace Theatre in the early-1980’s. When AMC acquired Budco it was said that this was the only single-screen theater in their chain. It closed for good in November 1992.

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Michael R. Rambo Jr.
Michael R. Rambo Jr. on May 17, 2005 at 7:36 pm

This theatre should be listed as closed/Demolished. A Boyd’s clothing store now occupies the spot where the Theatre 1812/AMC Palace Theatre was orgiginally at.

RickB
RickB on May 17, 2005 at 7:58 pm

I think it’s still the same structure though; Boyd’s just took out some walls and expanded their store from the western part of the building (1818 Chestnut) eastward into the former theater space.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on September 3, 2005 at 12:31 am

I remember this building. You could see much of the theater from Sansom Street.

dennisczimmerman
dennisczimmerman on December 18, 2005 at 3:56 am

From 1974 to when the theatre closed in 1978, its film attractions were “Over 21” only. After the Federation of Teachers used the theatre, Budco reopened it on Friday, Nov. 4, 1983 as the Budco Palace Theatre. However, it closed permanently in Nov. 1992.

Crazy Bob Madara
Crazy Bob Madara on April 9, 2007 at 4:28 am

I remember a large curved marquee. I visited the booth when they were showing “The Stewardesses” in single strip 3D. The Peerless Magnarcs had the new Diachroic reflectors. It was around 1971. I lived and breathed projectors back then. It’s still in my blood.

HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on August 22, 2007 at 3:22 pm

Yes, large curved marquee.
Photo by Dennis Zimmerman with Lion in Winter on marquee:
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Thanks to Dennis for taking the photo & allowing it to be posted.

zzppf
zzppf on May 20, 2009 at 10:40 pm

The first X rated film shown was the exclusive Philly showing of Deep Throat in 1972.
As I recall lines were around the block.

HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on February 23, 2010 at 6:02 pm

Vince Young informs me that the new Theatre 1812 opened 7/7/67 with “The Jokers”

TheALAN
TheALAN on March 25, 2014 at 4:08 am

Closed but not demolished! The center of the fa├žade still reads — 1812-1814 CHESTNUT ST. ARCADE — the same as it did when the building opened in 1924. Boyds, the Philadelphia clothier that now calls the building home, did a beautiful job of restoration! By the way, the building was originally designed by Gravell & Hall, (William Henry Gravell, Arthur W. Hall), a Philadelphia engineering partnership.

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