Erlanger Theatre

21st Street and Market Street,
Philadelphia, PA 19013

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HowardBHaas on February 23, 2016 at 9:49 am

from Phila Inquirer obit online today- Harry Jay Katz, who had been a Philadelphia fixture for a half-century, died Tuesday at Einstein Hospital in Elkins Park. He was 75 and had been admitted a few days earlier after several months at the Hillcrest Center Nursing Home in Wyncote.

Death was from natural causes and he died peacefully, his family said.

Although he was independently wealthy, and was often called a “playboy,” Katz dabbled in a number of ventures, not all successful, rather than just sit on his wealth.

His biggest accomplishment was reopening the magnificent Erlanger Theater at 21st and Market Streets in the late 1960s as a nightclub, café and venue for theater productions.


pnelson on October 27, 2015 at 7:12 pm

Philly sounds like Seattle in that most of the elaborate theatres from the past are gone. At least there are 4 or 5 left now in Seattle. Check out the 5th Avenue and Paramount. Wow!

rivest266 on May 24, 2014 at 12:01 pm

listed on October 23rd, 1927 as an ligitimate theatre

not an grand opening ad.

andyp on February 16, 2011 at 3:12 pm

I saw Bette Midler back in 1974 or 1975 with her “Clams on a Half Shell” Show. A nice place for stage shows.

kencmcintyre on June 22, 2009 at 8:58 am

The part about the illegal sign was mentioned on some other 1938 photos. It apparently had something to do with the projection of the marquee over the street past some statutory limit.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on June 22, 2009 at 8:17 am

Chuck; here is the full address of the 1938 photo;
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The source home page of the photos is:
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All work ok with me, so if you are having a problem opening them, it could be a settings issue on your firewall or as LM stated above, your service provider.

HowardBHaas on January 13, 2008 at 9:45 am

Photos here View link but you need a subscription to make them larger.

Type Erlanger for exterior photos of protesters upset a Communist rally was being held inside the theater, and a view of the auditorium facing the balcony.

Type Erlanger View link
for more exterior photos.