Lehigh Theatre

2516 W. Lehigh Avenue,
Philadelphia, PA 19132

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TheALAN
TheALAN on December 24, 2014 at 3:24 am

When did the the Lehigh close? Shoeshoe14 says 1955. Richwy150 says he was 5 years old when it closed, but doesn’t say when he was 5. And PHILLYTOM says he went to the Lehigh Theatre — although he wasn’t even born until after 1955. Please — someone solve this mystery!

TheALAN
TheALAN on December 23, 2014 at 3:28 am

Yes, the Lehigh Theatre was a smaller theater than the Cambria Theatre — 480 vs. 850.

PHILLYTOM
PHILLYTOM on December 9, 2011 at 6:13 pm

THIS PLACE COULDN’T HAVE CLOSED DOPWN IN 1955 AS THE PREVIOUS STATEMENT SAIDS AS I WENT HERE AND I WAS NOT EVEN BORN THEN!WHICH IS TO CLARIFY, IT MUST HAVE STOPPED SHOWING FILMS AROUND 1965. I RECALL GOING IN HERE ONCE OR TWICE AND IT WAS USUALLY STANDING ROOM ONLY SO MOST KIDS STARTED TO GO UP TO THE CAMBRIA THEATER. BOTH OF THEM USUALLY SHOWED OLD HERCULES OR MONSTER FILMS.BY STANDING ROOM, I GUESS THEY DID NOT HAVE THAT MANY SEATS, SO I RECALL STANDING IN THE SNACK AREA.I ALSO REMEMBER HAVING TO CLIMB UP AROUNT TWO BROAD STEPS TO GET TO THE CASHIER WINDOW.

richwyl50
richwyl50 on August 30, 2009 at 10:40 pm

Though it closed when I was 5 years old, I remember going there. It seemed to be a smaller operation than the Cambria Theater a few blocks away. I remember there was an old usher who sold candy from a table set up in the back of the theater.

Anyone remember the old Woolworth’s in the same block with wooden floors?

shoeshoe14
shoeshoe14 on May 30, 2007 at 11:54 pm

Opened in 1912, closed in 1955.