Lawndale Theatre

Rising Sun Avenue and Fanshawe Street,
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.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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kencmcintyre on August 11, 2007 at 10:22 pm

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 9:16 am

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 6:48 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 2:13 pm

I acted in three productions there in 1964-66.

SaraBT on May 10, 2012 at 11:53 am

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 August 31, 2012 at 7:42 pm

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 January 25, 2014 at 11:26 am

Apparently someone doesn’t know the neighborhoods of Northeast Philadelphia. The Lawndale Theatre (aka: Abbey Stage Door Theatre) was located in LAWNDALE (aka: Lawncrest), NOT SUMMERDALE! NO THEATERS ARE OR WERE LOCATED IN SUMMERDALE.

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