155 Spruce Street,
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The Cedarhurst Playhouse used that name for advertising and publicity purposes, but was known locally as simply the Playhouse. The elegant Mission Revival style theatre operated as a cinema for nine months of the year, but enjoyed its greatest success with summer seasons of stage plays during the 1920’s, 1930’s and early-1940’s.
Many top stars, including Ethel Barrymore, Tallulah Bankhead, and Ina Claire, appeared there, but ever escalating salaries and the Playhouse’s small seating capacity eventually brought an end to the summer stage policy.
In 1946, the Playhouse became a full-time cinema, alternating between mainstream releases and foreign imports. With stiff competition from the larger Central Theatre, the Playhouse finally closed, and was demolished to make way for an entrance to a municipal parking lot.
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