Holiday Art Theatre

4204 Kensington Avenue,
Philadelphia, PA 19124

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One of the last adult theaters to operate, and apparently the last vintage single-screen neighborhood theater in Philadelphia showing anything cinematic. The Holiday Art was an adult theater since at least 1963; in the 1960’s and 1970’s it was booked day-and-date with the Abbe Art Cinema (Cedar Theatre) in West Philadelphia and the Walton Art in East Germantown.

The Holiday Art Theatre closed in 2007.

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Recent comments (view all 17 comments)

raymondgordonsears on January 3, 2008 at 8:33 am

For the above post. I understand the closing, tearing down of these theatres is sad and they can never be replaced. I managed many theatres in the 60’s to mid 70’s. The good time for most of them. But sometimes the garbage you write takes the enjoyment of reading these sites. Relax and STOP with the Taliban remarks. rg

TheaterBuff1 on January 4, 2008 at 3:44 am

I can’t stop with the Taliban remarks when they happen to be right on the money. For we do have those with a Taliban-like mindset coming hard at Philadelphia right now, and all that’s missing is for somebody to come right out and say it, except that I have. And I fully stand by it. And seriously, Gil, we have to wake up from this blindness we’re showing towards it and face up to that. OR….to use the term “garbage” where it’s appropriate and fitting, we WILL all end up being just that. And it’s already happening.

Look at where the Mayfair Theatre used to be, or the Orleans Theatre, the Crest, the Tyson, etc. With those once beautiful theaters stupidly cast aside by those with the Taliban-mentality, and where their surrounding neighborhoods have been moved into by people who support that Taliban-mentality (such as you perhaps?), well, there’s your garbage, my friend. And don’t blame me for that. If you’re going to use the term “garbage,” please apply it where it’s fitting.

raymondgordonsears on January 4, 2008 at 8:55 pm

You just don’t get. rg

HowardBHaas on June 13, 2008 at 1:36 pm

Someone has told me today,
There is a dumpster outside of the Art Holiday filled with seats this week……

Matthew Prigge
Matthew Prigge on November 19, 2012 at 2:44 am

If anyone has any stories about going to/ working at this threatre in its adult days, I would love to hear them. I am chronicling the histories of adult theatres in the US. Please contact me at Thanks!

TheALAN on December 23, 2013 at 3:11 am

The Holiday Art is for rent. TheaterBuff1 should rent it before the Taliban does. He could call it the Windsor again and screen first-run films. Just imagine, a first-run theatre in East Frankford. Go for it Buff!

TheALAN on January 24, 2016 at 11:36 pm

The Holiday Art Theatre has been shuttered for at least 8-½ years now. FOR RENT signs (@ $1200) still hang from its marquee, although there doesn’t seem to be any interest! Things are far from perfect in East Frankford, but they’re a 100% better since the dirty movie closed!

rivest266 on October 8, 2016 at 11:38 am

This opened as an art theatre that shown uncensored movies called Aart Holiday on November 8th, 1959. By 1960 it appeared on the listings as Art Holiday until it closed. Ad in the photo section.

rivest266 on October 8, 2016 at 11:40 am

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