Bellevue Theatre

2212 N. Front Street,
Philadelphia, PA 19133

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BELLVUE THEATER 2210 Front St 1916

The Bellevue Theatre is listed in the 1926 edition of Film Daily Yearbook with 1,000 seats. It was still open in 1931, but had closed by 1939. After closing as a theatre the Bellevue Theatre served as an auto parts store. The building still stands but does not appear to be in use at the present time.

Contributed by Ken McIntyre

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kencmcintyre on August 8, 2009 at 8:06 am

Here is a photo from the Irvin Glazer theater collection:

kencmcintyre on January 28, 2011 at 7:17 pm

Google hadn’t made it to this neighborhood when I added the theater. You can’t see any of the decorative features in the first photo:

vor52 on August 30, 2013 at 1:29 pm

That entrance still exists

TheALAN on January 18, 2014 at 7:29 am

The facade of the Bellevue Theatre had a wide two story high arch with a vaulted barreled ceiling. The box office was located under this arched area. A verticle sign read BELLEVUE and rose above the surrounding buildings. ‘Showing The Best Photo Plays’, ‘Matinee Daily’ and ‘The House Of The Wonderful Echo Organ’ were advertised from a sign above the roof line. The theater had seating for 830 and was built in 1915. In 1923 the Bellevue received a new floor and a new sign. After closing as a theater the archway was enclosed and the space became a Quaker City Motor Parts store. Today the fa├žade has been completely stuccoed over with a single flush door in the center. There is not a clue to what is inside! If anyone knows, please share who the architect was and in what style the Bellevue Theatre was designed. Also, when did it close?

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 12, 2016 at 5:23 pm

A description of the Bellevue Theatre and a 1916 photo of the entrance appear in this post from The PhillyHistory Blog. A sign above the entrance boasts of the Bellevue’s “Wonderful Echo Organ.”

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