Avon Theatre

2217 South Street,
Philadelphia, PA 19146

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The Avon Theatre opened in 1924 seating 617. It was located on South Street at 23rd Street. The architectual firm was listed as Tunis and Genther. By 1941 it was operated by Warner Bros. Circuit Management Corp. The theatre closed in 1956. Since closing it was used for various retail stores. The original fa├žade has been demolished and only the lower parts of the other outer walls survive, which house a supermarket.

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Jayfar
Jayfar on February 10, 2006 at 6:01 pm

Not demolished, it’s a supermarket since about 1950. Once a Food Fair, now the South Square Market.

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kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on January 12, 2008 at 1:01 am

Here is an expanded version of the PAB photo posted above, specifically from the Irvin Glazer collection:
http://tinyurl.com/26kzh4

TheALAN
TheALAN on April 19, 2014 at 2:32 pm

In the overview, Chuck says the Avon closed in 1956. Jayfar comments that it’s been a supermarket since about 1950 and PAB says it was converted to a supermarket c. 1950. Does anyone know, for a fact, when the Avon Theatre closed and when it was converted to a Food Fair supermarket?

TheALAN
TheALAN on April 19, 2014 at 4:57 pm

The Avon Theatre was a two story building located at 2217-2219 South Street. Today, that address is not recognized by the U.S Post Office and it appears that the theater was demolished. The South Square Thriftway is a one story building at 2221 South Street. It is unclear what this building, or buildings were. Additional information is needed.

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