Poplar Theatre

903-05 N. 6th Street,
Philadelphia, PA 19123

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The Poplar Theatre opened in 1916 with seating listed at 858. The architect listed for the theatre was Carl Berger. After the theatre closed in 1950 it was converted to a warehouse. It was demolished in late-2018,

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kencmcintyre on September 19, 2007 at 7:33 pm

I think this would be around Sixth and Race, if my memory serves me well so many years later. Isn’t that where they built that large freeway extension about twenty years ago? I wonder if anything is left on this block.

RickB on July 16, 2012 at 6:23 pm

A commenter at Hidden City Philadelphia says that the Poplar closed in 1935, then reopened in the ‘40s as the Poplar Cinema Art Theatre with a foreign film policy. The conversion to printer’s warehouse and bindery is said to have come in 1961.

CSWalczak on August 9, 2012 at 10:24 pm

This photo essay shows a picture of the theater’s interior now renovated for new purposes, possibly as an arts center. It has been essentially gutted out. There is also some history and historical photos. The article confirms that the theater was also known as the Poplar Cinema Art Theatre.

PhillyNative on February 11, 2019 at 5:46 am

According to Hidden City Philadelphia the Poplar was demolished in late 2018. https://hiddencityphila.org/2018/12/lost-buildings-of-2018/ No mention in the most recent article about its 2012 renovation. https://hiddencityphila.org/2012/08/the-poplar-theatre/

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