5508 Germantown Avenue,
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The Germantown Theatre (later the Vernon Theatre), formerly located at 5508 Germantown Avenue, just above School House Lane, was one of Germantown’s earliest theatres. It had 1,168 seats and was built at a cost of $50,000. When built in 1910, it was dubbed “The Pride of Germantown”. This was an all-purpose theatre used for stage shows, stock productions and movies. Like most theatres built back in the early days, it also had an organ that was used to entertain between shows and at intermission. This theatre was distinctive in its ornate exterior facade arch, which was also duplicated inside.
By 1941, the Germantown Theatre had been renamed Vernon Theatre and used solely for movies, operated by Warner Bros. Circuit Management Corp. It was purchased and closed in 1953 with the intent to convert it into stores and offices. Going off of memory, I think it is now a parking lot. This theatre was before my time but anybody here recall it?
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