Rockland Theater

4910 N. Broad Street,
Philadelphia, PA 19141

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The Rockland a close neighbor to the Logan in North Philly. A.F. Schenck was listed as the original architect. The theater was opened in 1914 and demolished in 1970. I remember going here in the mid 1960’s till about 67' or 68' along with going to the Logan. It wasn’t as big as the Logan and seemed to be an older theater then the Logan. But looking back I think the Logan maybe tried to be more “kid friendly” even though that wasn’t a term back then. We would go to the Rockland or to either one for that fact depending on who had the newer movie or who had the movie we didn’t see yet.

Unfortunatly, we had to “flee” the neighborhood back in the summer of 69'. I was only nine years old at the time. We did however, manage to take a lot of great memories from our beloved Logan neighborhood and going to the Rockland certainly was one of them along with the Logan. Sadly, both the Rockland and Logan met the same fate. Being in the wrong neighborhood at the wrong time!

Anybody have any pics of the Rockland or any info/memories/stories?

Contributed by John M Bonder

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JBon
JBon on June 17, 2005 at 12:46 am

Thank’s for that Bryon!

JBon
JBon on June 17, 2005 at 12:48 am

I meant,thanks for that Bryan!

raymondgordonsears
raymondgordonsears on June 17, 2005 at 9:31 pm

You forgot the Broad Theatre on the otherside of the street. Remember itbetween the two theatres(Logan and the Rockland) The site of the rockland is now bell telephone building. Good time were had at all three. rg

JBon
JBon on June 17, 2005 at 11:54 pm

rg, I vaguly remember that one (Broad). WOW, for some reason and I’m tryin my damdist here, we never went to that one and i don’t know why! I’m thinkin now,i remember mom in Her 1960 Chevy station wagon and all of us kids piled in it,slowen down in front of the Broad but for some reason i don’t think i went to that one ,of all the times we went to the other two,which is why i probably did'nt remember it till you mentioned it. I got make some calls now….

JBon
JBon on June 18, 2005 at 1:32 am

rg, i spoke to my 80 yr old dad. Anyway, he did, after a minute, recall the Broad. He said, from what he remember’s, that the Broad was a smaller theater then the Rockland/Logan. Do You remember roughly how big it was compared to the other two? And do You recall if it had a double door entrance off to the side with the ticket booth inside? For some reason i seem to remember that. Keep in mind, i was born in 60' so You slightly to moderate older guy’s have a better recollection of those detail’s over me. Also, my dad could'nt recall the name but he asked about the theater at Broad and Oloney. Do You remember that one?

raymondgordonsears
raymondgordonsears on June 19, 2005 at 4:43 pm

JBon, The Broad was the smallest of the three theatres with a cap. of 499. It closed in the 70’s and was turned into a union hall and now a church. The other theatre furthe north was the Esquire (orig. the Grange) caps. 1000 seats at 5717-19 N. Broad. On the orthe side of the street was the Bromley Theatre at Broad and Old York Rd. It was turned into Wagners Ballroom in the late 50’s. Hope this helps. rg

avphilly
avphilly on July 3, 2014 at 5:29 am

hi guys—-i’m surprised no one has made comments since 2005—-we use to live at 4915 n. carlisle st and every saturday with my .25 cent allowance I and at least 2 of my girl friends would go to one of the 3 theatres within the 2 blocks of our house (Logan, Rockland or Broad)—-this was in the early 50’s and believe it or not the going price for a movie ticket was $ 0.09 —-with my quarter allowance i could get into the theatre, buy a soda, candy bar or ice cream and popcorn—-I do also remember very clearly how the neighborhood kids got really up in arms when the price of a movie ticket went up from .09 to .10 —-we were insenced (sp. ??)—-how dare they!!!!!!—-I went to Holy Child Catholic School in the neighborhood, i remember there was a little park right across the street from it—-I looked it up just lately and found that they have changed the name of the church—-not sure why—-I have many sweet memories of my childhood in north philly and also remember how safe it was for us kids to play in the street or roller skate at night in the summers when it was still light very late in the evening—-also the fun we had at halloween and all the kids were out knocking on houses and no one had to worry about razor blades in apples that were handed out!!!—-I also remember that all the businesses on broad street would stay open on halloween so they could hand out cookies and cupcakes from Horn and Hardarts or get free boxes of crayons from the five and dime or candy bars from the drugs store on the corner of Rockland st and broad——i don’t think the children of today who only are exercising their thumbs on their cell phones understand how much fun it was to get out into the neighborhood and actually communicate face to face——i’m just glad i didn’t miss that kind of fun—-thanks for letting me share, Toni v., a fellow PHILADELPHIAN :)

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