Pearl Theatre at Avenue North

1600 North Broad Street,
Philadelphia, PA 19121

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HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on February 22, 2014 at 5:36 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Out of date links are ok to keep here because people can search for those news links once they have the basic info.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.

deaconred
deaconred on February 22, 2014 at 2:53 am

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

TheALAN
TheALAN on February 21, 2014 at 7:00 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.

TheALAN
TheALAN on February 21, 2014 at 2:54 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!

HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on June 23, 2009 at 8:06 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

finkysteet
finkysteet on February 26, 2009 at 8:03 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 November 7, 2007 at 6:00 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.

HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on September 23, 2007 at 1:57 pm

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

TheaterBuff1
TheaterBuff1 on January 5, 2007 at 7:07 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

warobinson1962
warobinson1962 on December 28, 2006 at 3:50 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.

CinemaHistorian
CinemaHistorian on December 23, 2006 at 9:51 am

I visited the new Pearl Theater last night and realize it’s less than a block away from the home of Siegmund Lubin, the pioneering filmmaker who made films in the late 1890s and early 1900s. Lubin, who was an optician and master of lenses, became an important rival of Thomas Edison. The home at 15th and Oxford was recently renovated and now has apartments for Temple University students. According to Joseph Eckhardt’s book, the Lubin home was also used as a set and studio for some of Lubin studio films.
The neighborhood is also the current home of filmmaker Lou Massiah, who won a MacArthur “genius” award for his work. Massiah started the Scribe Center in West Philadelphia and also makes documentary films. So, I guess the Oxford Street location of the new Pearl has quite a movie pedigree.

TheaterBuff1
TheaterBuff1 on December 19, 2006 at 5:58 pm

Many thanks to Mr. Haas for creating a new Cinema Treasures page specific to the all new Pearl Theatre, North Philadelphia’s first in approximately 40 years, and named in honor of the former Pearl Theatre which was located on Ridge Avenue (/theaters/9485_0_2_0_C/)

Given its choice location alongside a major Philadelphia thoroughfare, and near to Temple University as well as several major Philadelphia residential neighborhoods, it is expected that this all new Philadelphia theater will fare especially well in the weeks and months and years ahead.

HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on December 17, 2006 at 1:37 pm

The slanted ceilings are also found into the Men’s restroom. The sink is a long communal trough like metal shelf, with spigots.

Before the Saturday afternoon matinee began, there were no slides (fine with me) but also no music. Four or five movie previews preceded the movie. Thankfully, there were no commercials in the pre-show.