Imperial Theatre

921 N. 2nd Street,
Philadelphia, PA 19123

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The Imperial Theatre opened in 1923 with a seating capacity of 1,040. It was located on North 2nd Street at Poplar Street. By 1941, it was operated by Warner Bros. Circuit Management Corp.

The Imperial Theatre closed in 1954. According to the Philadelphia tax records it was used as a warehouse. Philadelphia developer Bart Blatstein and caterer Joe Volpe refurbished the former theatre as the Cescaphe Ballroom.

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kencmcintyre on January 21, 2008 at 7:35 pm

Here is a 1945 photo from the Philadelphia Architects & Buildings site, specifically from the Irvin Glazer collection:

kencmcintyre on July 24, 2009 at 7:03 pm

Here is an item in Boxoffice magazine, December 1951:

PHILADELPHIA-Albert J. Grosser, realtor, is negotiating with Warner Brothers for the purchase of five theaters here and the expectation is that the deal will be closed soon. The theaters involved are the Alhambra, Richmond, Uptown, Imperial in North Philadelphia and Imperial in West Philadelphia. Grosser said some of the theaters will be diverted to other uses. The sale would be made under the terms of the consent decree which called for 27 WB houses to be divested by January 4, 1952, another 27 by the same date in 1953 and a third 27 in one to five years from April 4, 1951.

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