Wynne Theatre

2001 N. 54th Street,
Philadelphia, PA 19131

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RickB
RickB on October 8, 2012 at 4:21 pm

Demolition reported to be imminent as the building is said to be too far gone to save. Hidden City Philadelphia story here. The piece says that the city took over ownership of the property this summer after the previous owners ran up $500,000 in unpaid taxes.

HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on September 19, 2011 at 12:49 pm

Here’s Friday’s Hidden City Philadelphia blog article about how current plans are on hold: http://hiddencityphila.org/2011/09/wynne-theater-plans-on-hold/

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on January 15, 2010 at 6:57 am

Here is a photo circa 1920s from the Irvin Glazer theater collection:
http://tinyurl.com/yfaw3l4

HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on September 3, 2009 at 2:32 pm

More on Katie Jackson, see above post-

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Much of the development of Wynnefield after the 1960s is due to the influence of the late Katie B. Jackson, born 1929. Known by the African-American community as “Queen of Wynnefield,” Jackson founded the Wynnefield Academy, a private, co-educational PK-4 elementary school in 1975. The Katie B. Jackson Development Corporation and Katie B. Jackson Senior Citizens Complex bear her name.

HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on September 3, 2009 at 4:18 am

from April 2007 Wynnefield Residents Association newsletter

“Local Wynnefield Institutions”

The Wynne Plaza Ballroom: The Wynne or Wynne Plaza Ballroom at 54th and Arlington streets was an integral part of the 54th street business sector. It was a movie theater, then became an up-scale catering and banquet hall, and later a bingo parlor. In 1981 the Wynne was sold again to successful Wynnefield entrepreneur Mrs. Katie B. Jackson, who reopened it as a successful banquet and catering facility. It continued as a successful enterprise until after Mrs. Jackson’s death in 1993.

HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on September 3, 2009 at 3:48 am

More recent photos at this website:
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HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on September 3, 2009 at 3:44 am

Photo & text in book, Jewish Community of West Philadelphia:
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HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on March 30, 2009 at 3:33 am

This photo, too, from same time:
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HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on March 30, 2009 at 3:31 am

Photo August 2008, apparently abandoned:
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HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on March 3, 2009 at 11:12 pm

31 Jan 1953 Box Office reported that the Wynne was shuttered.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on June 22, 2008 at 2:34 am

That’s where I got Arlington from. I couldn’t find the theater on Google using Wynnefield Avenue.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on June 22, 2008 at 2:15 am

This won’t map out correctly unless you substitute Arlington Street for Wynnefield Avenue. If you do that the building shows up pretty much as described above.