Dixie Theater

1224 Point Breeze Avenue,
Philadelphia, PA 19146

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Opened in 1912 as the New Dixie Theater, it was redone in 1930 in an Art Deco style. Between 1939-1950’s, I attended this theater for Saturday movies, two cartoons, short subjects and the coming attractions (I almost forgot the serials). Pretzels and candy were sold in the back of the theater on Saturdays. I remember on some Saturdays there was also live entertainment done by “hopefuls” of my era.

I was told by my older cousin that he hated to take me to the cowboy shows because whenever someone was “shot”, I cried, so you can imagine how many tears I shed during the B-movies.

The Dixie Theater was located on Point Breeze Avenue between Federal Street and Wharton Street in South Philladelphia. It was closed in 1953.

Contributed by Richard Parker

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kencmcintyre on August 8, 2009 at 8:32 am

Here is the church/theater as seen on Google maps:

TheALAN on June 4, 2014 at 2:01 pm

More maps? BORING!! As for the PAB site, we already know it’s the Dixie Theater or we wouldn’t be here. Who was the architect —– in what style was it designed —– who was the operator —– when did it close? Things like that genius.

Michael R. Rambo Jr.
Michael R. Rambo Jr. on May 18, 2015 at 5:32 pm

According to Irvin R. Glazer’s “Philadelphia Theatres” book, this theatre opened in 1912, and closed in 1953

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