Holiday Art Theatre

4204 Kensington Avenue,
Philadelphia, PA 19124

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HOLIDAY Theater

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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.

Contributed by RickB

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TheaterBuff1
TheaterBuff1 on July 13, 2007 at 8:45 am

I just got wind (call me slow) that the Holiday Art, or “Art Holiday” as it’s better known, is either now offically closed or about to close soon — View link

smile138
smile138 on January 2, 2008 at 7:38 pm

Story from the Frankford Gazette with a pictyre. View link

TheaterBuff1
TheaterBuff1 on January 3, 2008 at 6:27 am

Thanks for the link, Gil, though I would hardly call what you wrote a “story.” More like a hateful, anti-theater diatribe so typical of the ignoramuses that have so over-flooded Philadelphia now, particularly with the coming slots parlors and all.

Although I don’t classify the Holiday Art’s location as “Northeast Philadelphia,” it’s totally certain fate at this point is clearly another case of the Northeast Taliban strikes again, or is about to in this case. And unlike Northeast Philadelphia’s AMC Orleans 8 which got razed in December of 2007 (just last month at the time of this writing), the Holiday Art has some significant historic theater architecture value to it. But watch and see that it will make no difference. For morons don’t understand that. All they know is picking off the last of the movie theaters wherever they happen to be, while it looks very certain right now this is the next one to go. The “Rolling Darkness” claims yet another victim… [sigh]

raymondgordonsears
raymondgordonsears on January 3, 2008 at 1:33 pm

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
TheaterBuff1 on January 4, 2008 at 8:44 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
raymondgordonsears on January 5, 2008 at 1:55 am

You just don’t get. rg

HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on June 13, 2008 at 6:36 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 7:44 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
TheALAN on December 23, 2013 at 8:11 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!

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