Avon Theatre

2217 South Street,
Philadelphia, PA 19146

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Avon Theatre

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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 on February 10, 2006 at 11:01 pm

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

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kencmcintyre on January 12, 2008 at 6:01 am

Here is an expanded version of the PAB photo posted above, specifically from the Irvin Glazer collection:

TheALAN on April 19, 2014 at 7:32 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 on April 19, 2015 at 12:46 am

Well it’s been a year and no one has any additional information on this theater?

Kieren on July 27, 2017 at 11:33 pm

I’m not sure this was the same address as the grocery store, which is still there. A 1949 photo at 23rd and South looking west seems to show the grocery store there, with the “B” sign, after the theater: http://libwww.freelibrary.org/digital/item/zoom/41431. A google maps search of 2217 South hits on the tree-covered property between the CR Ettinger studio and the South Square grocery. https://www.google.com/maps/place/2217+South+St,+Philadelphia,+PA+19146/Shea’s Performing Arts Center.9453546,-75.1791652,3a,75y,350h,90t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sTCGtyFFBHlH8ZrW6hbOmhQ!2e0!7i13312!8i6656!4m5!3m4!1s0x89c6c640b83c2ff1:0x70ab072834d72f55!8m2!3d39.9455195!4d-75.179239

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