Pearl Theatre at Avenue North

1600 North Broad Street,
Philadelphia, PA 19121

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The Pearl Theatre opened December 5, 2006, at the campus of Temple University, next to the Cecil B. Moore stop of the Broad Street subway.

The Pearl was named after the former Pearl Theatre on Ridge Avenue, and in memory of entertainer Pearl Bailey. Several eateries and retail shops also opened in the new Avenue North retail and housing complex that the Pearl is part of. In 2002, a new 14-screen Magic Johnson megaplex was planned at this site, but that plan fell through.

A huge electronic billboard outside lists the movies playing. From the ground floor box office, patrons use stairs or escalators to go upstairs to the second floor. A concession stand leads to a hallway which has slanted ceilings and columns. The hallway’s original decor was gray, including the patterned carpet, but on January 5, 2008, the hallway was repainted orange to give it a brighter, more festive look. The auditoriums enter from the hallway.

Each auditorium is stadium seated with luxury high back rocker seats of gray fabric and cupholders on the armrests. The side walls have black circular sconces on the black fabric on the upper section towards the ceiling, and red fabric on the lower section. All auditoriums have digital surround sound.

Theatre’s 1, 2, 3, and 6 have 187 seats each. Theatre’s 4 and 5 have 260 seats each. Theatre 7 has 220 seats.

Contributed by Howard B. Haas

Recent comments (view all 13 comments)

warobinson1962
warobinson1962 on December 28, 2006 at 1:50 am

The billboard outside of the Pearl Theater looks like something that should be in an airport or a bus station. The red luminated board is difficult to read and looks cluttered.

TheaterBuff1
TheaterBuff1 on January 5, 2007 at 5:07 pm

This great review by Inga Saffron about the all new Pearl Theatre @ Avenue North appeared in the Philadelphia Inquirer for Friday, January 5, 2007:

http://www.philly.com/mld/inquirer/16386709.htm

HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on September 23, 2007 at 10:57 am

I saw another movie today. Film projection and digital surround sound are excellent. There was no pre-show.

HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on November 7, 2007 at 4:00 am

Last Saturday afternoon, I saw “American Gangster"
There was no preshow, no slides, no trailers (often up to 10 at AMC theaters). The movie was the first presentation on the screen! I thought starting with the movie itself was elegant. The Pearl also employed the usual perfect film projection and surround sound. American Gangster is a very good movie. I didn’t realize until the closing wording that it is a true story (which I confirmed online). After all the credits, there’s another scene.

finkysteet
finkysteet on February 26, 2009 at 6:03 pm

The wife and I took in a movie at The Pearl this evening. It wasn’t our first trip there, nor will it be our last. It’s comfy, the sound is great, but the ghosts of Nixon, Goldman, Locust, Arcadia, Midtown, Fox, Milgram, Regency, Boyd, Duke and Duchess continue to follow me around. And I agree with robwar1 on the LED billboards outside: yecch!

My only real gripe with The Pearl is that you really can’t see JACK upon entering the auditorium prior to the film’s start. Why is this? Why are the lights dimmed so low that we’re stumbling? Must I become my own usher and bring my own flashlight? EnLIGHTen me!

HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on June 23, 2009 at 5:06 pm

I enjoyed the movie I saw this past weekend. Thankfully, still no stupid preshow commercials/ads, etc.

Tonight, there was a sneak preview of “Transformers” sequel, filmed in Philadelphia:
View link

TheALAN
TheALAN on February 21, 2014 at 12:54 pm

Let’s emphasize how hideous those two giant electronic billboards are! Give them to SEPTA. They seem to like those things. Give the Pearl Theatre a classic marquee with chase lights!

TheALAN
TheALAN on February 21, 2014 at 5:00 pm

Uh—Oh?! The link that TheaterBluff references by Inga Saffron about the all new Pearl Theater @ Avenue North (http://www.philly.com/mld/inquirer/16386709.htm)is no longer available on philly.com. As so often happens, comments on Cinema Treasures often outlive the links that are referenced. When this occurs, the link portion of the comment should be deleted by the author.

deaconred
deaconred on February 22, 2014 at 12:53 am

TheaterBuff hasn’t posted here in 5 ½ years. I somehow doubt that he’s paying attention.

HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on February 22, 2014 at 3:36 am

Out of date links are ok to keep here because people can search for those news links once they have the basic info. Inquirer articles can be located whether in their archives online or Philadelphia Free Library online or in person at libraries.

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