Philmont Cinema

11024 Rennard Street,
Philadelphia, PA 19006

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My partner lived about a mile or so from this small, box-like theatre, located in a tiny strip mall called the Philmont Shopping Center. It was screening X-rated fare.

Cannot offer any opening dates but a search on local news indicated it was finally closed by 1985 or 1986, when a church group briefly took it over for services, after which it became a Russian restaurant, which didn’t seem to last very long as this was long gone by the time I moved in the area in August 1998.

Contributed by John Abramson

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raymondgordonsears
raymondgordonsears on December 19, 2007 at 4:50 pm

It was opened as a Jerry Lewis Cinema. One of several in the Phila., Sub. area. As you know these theaters never made it. Some went to X rated others to $ cinemas. rg

TheALAN
TheALAN on December 15, 2013 at 11:55 pm

National Cinema Corp. franchised “Jerry Lewis Cinemas” from 1969 to 1980 but success was hampered by a policy of booking only second-run movies. Although this policy was later changed, the damage had already been done when Jerry Lewis and National Cinema claimed bankruptcy in 1980. The cinema screen X-rated films before it closed. It was later used as a church and a Russian restaurant. It is presently a restaurant and night club. Sorry I couldn’t be more specific with opening and closing dates for the Philmont Cinema but hope this helped.

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