Lawndale Theatre

6613 Rising Sun Avenue,
Philadelphia, PA 19111

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Lawndale Theatre/Abbey Stage Door

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The Lawndale Theatre opened in 1922 and had an original seating capacity of 1,217.

It closed in 1964 and became the Abbey Stage Door Theatre.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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kencmcintyre on August 12, 2007 at 3:22 am

This is a 1988 photo from Michael Putnam’s book “Silent Screens”. The theater was a daycare center then. Sorry about the quality of the photo, however. I recommend the book:

RickB on August 12, 2007 at 2:16 pm

The building was used for live theater under the Abbey Stage Door name in the late ‘60s and '70s.

spectrum on December 12, 2010 at 11:48 pm

The building is still standing, still has its marquee. The marquee is advertising “The Fox Tots” – hard to tell exactly what the current use it. No other hint of current function. But the front facade is fairly modern – 1950s to 1960s, plain.

rockerreds on February 2, 2011 at 7:13 pm

I acted in three productions there in 1964-66.

SaraBT on May 10, 2012 at 4:53 pm

I acted there in the late 1960s, early 1970s. The theatre was almost completely intact, with 500+/– seats. A revolving stage was added as well as a dressing room. Other than that, it was almost completely original. I believe the theatre was sold in the late 70s or early 80s. It first became a health club, then a daycare center. There are those who believed the building was haunted, as many of us had odd experiences there.

jimhmml on September 1, 2012 at 12:42 am

I was in “Oliver ” there in 1967 as a workhouse boy. It was great fun, and since I lived in Lawndale I could walk there. The revolving stage was so cool!

Its still there as a daycare for tots!

TheALAN on February 25, 2015 at 12:01 am

The Lawndale Theatre seated 1,217 when it opened in 1922. Later refitted for live theater, it was renamed the Abbey Stage Door and seating was reduced to 850. Seating had been reduced again to 500 by the time the Abbey closed in 1964. A health center for a time, the theater has been a day care since the late 1970’s.

Granola on October 2, 2015 at 2:15 pm


Darlinlilly56 on November 13, 2015 at 11:04 pm

Does anyone remember my Dad, Bob Simson, who played Bill Sykes in Oliver and Captain Von Trappe in Sound of Music? He would love to hear from you. He is 85 years old now and we were enjoying this site about Abbey Stage Door.

rockerreds on November 14, 2015 at 3:24 pm

Yes, I acted with Bob In Sound Of Music in 1965,playing Friedrich, and I remember Bob fondly.

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