Ruby Theatre

N. Front Street & E. York Street,
Philadelphia, PA 19133

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Apparently built as the Broadway Theatre around 1914. (Not to be confused with a better-known Broadway Theatre on South Broad Street)

It closed as a regular movie theatre in 1955. By 1963 it was operating as the New Broadway Theatre with an adults-only policy. It disappeared from newspaper listings by the end of the 1960’s but turned up again (sporadically, and not for long) with mainstream films as the Ruby Theatre in the 1980’s.

Contributed by RickB

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on September 20, 2007 at 7:47 pm

A Moller theater organ opus 1789 size 2/9 was installed in the Ruby Theater in 1914. Note: Tubular pneumatic action.

kencmcintyre on November 9, 2007 at 3:25 pm

The 1941 Philadelphia directory has a listing for a New Broadway at Hope & York Streets, which I assume is this theater. There is also a listing for a Ruby Theater at Franklin and Fairmount Avenues. That may be listed here under some other name.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 9, 2007 at 5:03 pm

I found three Ruby Theaters for Philly. The one listed here, one with a location given as Fairmount Ave & N Franklin St, and the third was an early Ruby Theater listed for Market St. I don’t see either of those listed here but its possible they are here under another name.

kencmcintyre on November 9, 2007 at 5:07 pm

That’s why I try to avoid adding theaters for some of these cities that have several hundred listings. Unless you go through each one, odds are that you will be duplicating an entry somewhere.

kencmcintyre on January 14, 2008 at 9:22 pm

Here is a photo from the Philadelphia Buildings & Architects site, from the Irvin Glazer collection:

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on January 15, 2008 at 4:28 am

Here is the PAB site. They give a seat count of 1000.

Tinseltoes on June 9, 2012 at 10:27 am

Here are two vintage trade press photos of a Ruby Theatre in Philadelphia, PA. I can’t guarantee that it’s this one: archive

RickB on May 21, 2013 at 4:16 am

This one can be tagged as demolished. A building that appears to be a school now occupies this block. The theater site was on the north side of York west of Front, roughly around the back end of the blue tile-covered building as seen on Street View.

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