Hill Theatre

8320 Germantown Avenue,
Philadelphia, PA 19118

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HILL THEATER 8620 Germantown Avenue 1932

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Opened as the Belvedere Theatre in 1916 and was later renamed the Hill Theatre. It went through a remodel in 1936 by William H. Lee. The remodel featured a Georgian Revival exterior that complimented the interior. The interior was done to resemble a dignified old mansion.

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RickB on September 11, 2005 at 3:23 pm

If memory serves Art Carduner was involved with the Hill during part of the time that he operated the Bandbox. The Hill was a more mainstream house but I think it did play some foreign and independent films.

Betzee on January 12, 2006 at 2:15 pm

I remember seeing movies here as a child—it had family friendly programming with Saturday matinees and mainstream films in the evenings. And, like the Crest in another section of the city, a trolley line passed right in front of its pinkish art deco exterior. It closed sometime in the early 1970s when Ma Bell, which was next door, expanded onto the lot. It was an early omen of what would happen to independent movie houses everywhere.

DennisMcG on June 1, 2006 at 11:50 am

The Hill Theatre, was located in Chestnut Hill at 8320 Germantown Avenue. It opened in 1916 as the Belvedere Theatre and the name was changed in 1936 to the Hill Theatre when it was remodeled. This was a relatively small theatre with just less than 500 seats. It closed in the mid 1970s and was torn down. Thia was a theatre that wasn’t before my time. I do remember it, but was never in it. I recall that this theatre was showing the same artsy type movies as the Bandbox Theatre in Germantown. Both theatres were probably owned by the same owner as I remember they ran joint ads together to promote the movies they were showing.

DennisMcG on July 11, 2007 at 2:17 pm

The City of Phila photo has the wrong address. The correct address is 8320 Germantown Ave, now parking for the Bell Telephone building

ffoulkrodrogers on August 29, 2011 at 11:36 am

Was in Chestnut Hill recently and was remembering visits to the Hill Theatre. It played British films as well as popular Hollywood films. I remember it being very narrow and dark and had a vending machine in lieu of a concession stand.

Alan_Kohn_235 on July 19, 2013 at 4:02 pm

I saw Tokyo Story by Yasujiro Ozu here in 1973.

TheALAN on February 17, 2014 at 9:50 pm

This theater was remodeled in 1936 by William Harold Lee, but who was the original 1916 architect? PAB lists the seating for this theater as 550, while Cinema Treasures lists it at 497. The 1936 remodel could have resulted in a decrease, or increase. Can anyone clarify?
Neighboring Bell Telephone, now Verizon, has expanded onto the theater site.

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