4228 Walnut Street,
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Styles: Spanish Moorish
Previous Names: 43rd Street Theatre
The Commodore Theatre opened on September 22, 1928 on the corner of 43rd Street and Walnut Street in West Philadelphia. Designed by the architectural firm Ballinger Company, in association with Hoffman & Henon in a Spanish Revival/Moorish style. The auditorium block runs parallel to Walnut Street. The Commodore Theatre was equipped with a 10 rank Wurlitzer theatre organ.
It was operated by Stanley-Warner in the 1940’s. Closed as a movie theatre in the late-1950’s, it was given a new lease of life in the early 1960’s when it became a live theatre, changing its name to 43rd Street Theatre. Theatre use failed after a couple of seasons and the building lay empty and unused for a while.
It was converted into church use, and since 1973 has served as a mosque.
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