Bandbox Theatre

20 E. Armat Street,
Philadelphia, PA 19144

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Bandbox Theatre

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A small side street theater that outlasted its larger rivals around Germantown and Chelten Avenues. In the late ‘60s and early '70s it was operated by Art Carduner as one of Philadelphia’s very few venues for art and foreign films. Last I heard it had become warehouse space for a candy company.

“Bandbox” or “Band Box”? In the ‘70s the ads and newspaper stories made it one word, but the theater’s signage made it look like two and I think I’ve seen older ads that made it two words.

Contributed by RickB

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RickB
RickB on December 10, 2009 at 12:51 am

Former Bandbox owner Art Carduner died last Friday at age 88. A colorful Philadelphia Daily News obituary may be found here.

SuzanDMB
SuzanDMB on February 11, 2010 at 2:25 pm

My parents met at the Band Box in 1957 ish. (My mom worked there) They are celebrating 50 years married this weekend. I so wish I could get a photo of this place…if anyone has a lead please post here and THANKS MUCH!

SuzanDMB
SuzanDMB on February 11, 2010 at 2:25 pm

My parents met at the Band Box in 1957 ish. (My mom worked there) They are celebrating 50 years married this weekend. I so wish I could get a photo of this place…if anyone has a lead please post here and THANKS MUCH!

DennisMcG
DennisMcG on February 25, 2010 at 4:46 pm

Here is a link to a photo of the Bandbox Theatre

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Here is a link to how the Bandbox looked in 2004

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Here is link to a photo of the basement lounge of the bandbox:

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DennisMcG
DennisMcG on February 25, 2010 at 4:47 pm

Thanks Renel-fan for that great description of the Bandbox Theatre

SuzanDMB
SuzanDMB on February 25, 2010 at 9:57 pm

WOW!!! Thank you ever so Dennis!!!

joesview
joesview on March 5, 2010 at 11:22 pm

I loved going to the Bandbox when I was a teen in Philly in the late 1960s. Art Carduner was a culture hero of mine for his programming and the great program notes he wrote. Much of my early movie education took place in this theater – from “Citizen Kane” to “Morgan!” to “Pierrot le Fou.” It was an adventure to get to from the Northeast (via public transportation) but you knew you were going to see something very special!

calcynic
calcynic on January 15, 2013 at 2:29 am

I remember Hecate’s Circle very well. Danny Starobin turned me on to the place and I saw Sweet Stavin Chain play dozens of times there. Danny and I got to know each other while I was caddying for his pop at Ashbourne C.C. Danny showed up to talk to his dad and got the worst treatment from his pop…made me sick. I dropped the golf bag and told him I don’t work for assholes. We became friends . I miss him. RIP Danny.

freddylubin
freddylubin on May 23, 2013 at 6:31 pm

Once, in the late 1960s, when it was an “art-house theater”, I saw Buster Keaton’s “The General”, with live accompaniment.

averygosh
averygosh on February 9, 2014 at 5:55 pm

Dear Calcynic, Thanks for the sweet not about my dear departed cousin, Danny. I loved my unc., but he wasn’t exactly the easiest guy to get along with. Freddy, I saw it too!!!

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