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The November 15, 1927 “The Exhibitor” trade publication mentioned that the Stanley Company of America would open a theatre in the Wynnefield neighborhood, with 2,000 seats, all on one floor of the auditorium. Philadelphia architects Hoffman-Henon Co. would design it.
The Wynne Theatre opened November 18, 1927. The auditorium had a Kimball organ, large crystal chandeliers, and 1,763 seats, all on one floor. Second run movies were shown until the 1950’s, when double features were shown. The theatre was operated by Stanley Warner. The Wynne Theatre closed in 1955.
The theatre was then converted into a catering facility with several ballrooms fit into the various heights of the auditorium. By the 1970’s the theatre featured bingo. In 1981, the Wynne Theatre was sold to Wynnefield civic leader Katie B. Jackson. She reopened it as a banquet and catering facility. It continued as a successful enterprise until after Mrs. Jackson’s death in 1993.
The Wynne Theatre is a two-story high brick building, the color of sand. Large Wynne letters are still on its marquee in 2007, and the usual Stanley-Warner 20 feet high “V” shaped roof sign still says “Wynne”. In March 2016 the Wynne Theatre was demolished. The facade will be mimicked in a new apartmewnt building for seniors, and the rooftop sign, the last on a movie theatre in Philadelphia, will be rebuilt.
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