Milgram Theatre

1620 Market Street,
Philadelphia, PA 19103

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Michael R. Rambo Jr.
Michael R. Rambo Jr. on June 21, 2017 at 10:38 pm

This theatre was also previously operated by Milgram Theatres from 1968 to its closing in 1980

rivest266 on October 9, 2016 at 6:41 am

November 14th, 1920 grand opening ad as Stanton in photo section.

rivest266 on October 9, 2016 at 6:35 am

April 25th, 1914 grand opening ad as Stanley in the photo section.

rivest266 on October 8, 2016 at 1:47 pm

This reopened as Milgram on July 3rd, 1968. Grand opening ads in photo section.

Backroad on January 5, 2013 at 10:05 am

My father managed the Stanton in the late 1950’s to 1964 .I was 8 and would get friend and we would go from movie to movie all over downtown Phila for free.They knew my dad and me. It was cool.And I would go to Dewey’s and get a dog in a bread roll.You did not have the fear that you would have today doing that .Today my Dad or I could do that.I remember Hatari played at the Stanton. 1962 ! John Wayne and Red Buttons came to the Stanton! I saw them! The Duke How Cool Is That ! I wish I would have saved all the movie poster my dad would bring home . OH The good old 1950’s and 60’s

HowardBHaas on August 27, 2012 at 9:50 am

Having seen Khartoum at the AFI Silver this weekend, I asked Vince Young where it originally was shown in Center City? I had it in Boyd notes but that was incorrect. Vince replied it was shown here at the Stanton aka Milgram.

HowardBHaas on May 6, 2009 at 8:47 am

Here’s some more Stanton history from Box Office:

18 April 1942 Box Office ad stated that “Ghost of Frankenstein” broke 8 year record for opening week business at Stanton

27 Oct 1951 Box Office: star Barbara Payton was due here Oct 27 to appear on Stanton stage to promote the film (Civil war drama) “Drums in the Deep South”

22 Dec 1951 Box Office: local parade to promote the showing of the movie “Fort Defiance”

HowardBHaas on May 4, 2009 at 3:51 pm

Another film noir event! 8 Aug 1954 Box Office reported that film noir “Pushover” star Kim Novak appeared in Stanton lobby 18 Aug to promote the film, handing out autographs & photos

HowardBHaas on March 1, 2009 at 4:31 pm

FILM NOIRS at Stanton!

Google search exactly
Boxoffice January 31, 1948
punch in page 31 for photo of Stanton façade decorated by manager Elmer Pickard for movie “T-Men” on marquee

February 14, 1948 lists “Out of the Past” as the movie being shown.

October 22, 1949 page 56 has photo of Gail Storm, star, visit to Philadelphia in advance of picture “Abandoned” at Stanton

January 27, 1951 page 47 reported that Philip Shawn who plays the lead of “The Sun Sets at Dawn” was in town to help beat the drums for the opening at the Stanton Saturday (27)
February 10, 1951 reported that ushers wore prison outfits at Stanton during “The Sun Sets at Dawn”

finkysteet on February 26, 2009 at 10:57 pm

What’s fascinating is that even the least-ornate theaters of yesteryear top the sleek thingamabobs of today. Man, what I’d give to see an old marquee again.

misterjoel on October 25, 2008 at 12:35 am

Here’s a photo of the “Martin Luther” film appearing at the Stanton in 1953: View link

Michael R. Rambo Jr.
Michael R. Rambo Jr. on May 15, 2008 at 4:34 am

I believe The Stanton Theatre had 3 different marquees. The firs was from 1914 to the 1930’s. The second was from at least 1935 to around 1959, when the final marquee was nstalled. this would be the marquee style that was also used by this theatre’s sister theatre, The Boyd Theatre.

When this theatre became The Milgram Theatre, they modernized everything on the front of this theatre except for the marquee, with the exception of putting the “Milgram” name where the “Stanton” name used to be, not like what Sameric Theatres did, covering the “Boyd” name with metal and placing the “Sameric” name right through the Boyd name. you can still see the holes in the Boyd name from where the bolts were from the “Sameric” name.

kencmcintyre on May 14, 2008 at 8:13 pm

Here is a 1925 photo from The marquee is different:

veyoung52 on February 18, 2008 at 7:55 pm

Howard Haas just asked me if I had ever been in the Milgram and its predecessor, the Stanton. Here’s my long-winded answer.

“I had planned to add a bit to c.t. when the subject of "common width” masking pops up again to prove that this is not a new “phenomenon” (if that’s the right word.) I saw something or other at the Stanton as early as 1954 and was distressed that the ‘scope image was smaller than the screen on which the 'toons, newsreels, etc. were shown. The “widescreen” that was installed there that winter was entirely in front of the proscenium arch (and stage), and covered virtually the entire width of the theatre, masking being lowered for 'scope, which, of course I hated. This was the very first time I had ever seen anything like this. When renovated as the Milgram, the new screen, curtains, masking, etc. were once again within the proscenium, and, of necessity, rather smallish, even though Milgram had installed 70mm projection.

Saw quite a lot of schlock films there in the 50’s especially from William Castle (Tingler, House on Haunted Hill, Macabre) and fondly remember the skeleton that was rigged to fly out from behind a screen curtain and be pulled on wires up into the balcony during “Haunted Hill,” and those seats with buzzers that went off during “Tingler.” Much fun trying to determine beforehand which of the seats had been “Tingler-ized.”

More trivia since you asked, :–)
At some point the Milgrams decided to move away from the B product the house was famous for (and, that product line was dwindling anyway), and decided to go for the roadshow. MGM had remade its award-winning “Cimarron” for Spring, 1960 release, and somehow decided that Philadelphia and L.A. (and probably Chicago) would host the world premieres prior to New York, unheard of at the time. It opened at the Stanton as a 10-performances-per-week roadshow ahead of its engagement at the Music Hall. Didn’t perform well, however, and the film was pulled after just a few weeks. It didn’t even switch over to the “Now For The First Time at Popular Prices and Continuous Performances” policy. Just left the theatre never to be heard again. MGM and SW had also liberally “redone” the Stanton exterior for the engagement…new large and bright mylar display decorating the marquee instead of the usual plastic lettering; and over-sized three-dimensional posters covering the usual one-sheet boxes. I seem to remember an extra boxoffice outside for advance ticketing. It was quite impressive at the time, but, unfortunately, the film didn’t catch on. However, at any rate, the Stanton, like the Goldman some years earlier, had begun to shed its image as low-budget house and came firmly into the ranks of our classy first-run houses downtown.

Sorry for the rant. "

dennisczimmerman on October 4, 2007 at 7:34 pm

Ken mc: Yes that is correct. I worked for a short period of time in 1966 at the Fulton Opera House in Lancaster. They were showing movies at the time, and MIlgram Booking Service was the booker of the films that were shown. I remember they convinced them to play “Sound of Music” starting in June 1966. They were figuring since it had been playing at the Eric Theatre in Harrisburg for months, they were figuring it would last at the Fulton until early Fall. It was a reserved seat engagement, but only presented in 35mm with no stereo sound. However, it lasted for 17 weeks and at least one stage show had to be postponed because the movie was still showing. The weekly gross had to drop below a certain level before the engagement could be ended.

kencmcintyre on August 31, 2007 at 4:13 pm

The 1963 motion picture almanac lists a Milgram Booking Service at 303 N. 13th Street, Philadelphia. I’ll make a leap and assume that this is connected with the Milgram Theater. President was Nathan Milgram. Vice-President was Alvin Milgram.

smut666 on September 20, 2006 at 2:00 pm

Still looking for some pics of the Stage Door Cinema.
The thing that bugs me the most is that I was in those theaters
all the time and had camera stuff but never thought of taking a picture.

Oliver on September 15, 2006 at 7:37 am

Great Picture, and if you could look inside, you can see me. I worked as an usher at the Milgram in 1971-1972. Pop Edward’s next door had great food.

smut666 on September 13, 2006 at 3:30 am

thanks so much for the photos!!! they were great.
Does anybody no the last movie playing at the Milgram?
I would love to know..
thanks again

kencmcintyre on September 12, 2006 at 6:41 pm

That photo was taken in 1978, during the blizzard which I think occurred in February. Here are two photos of the Stanton from 1935:

Oliver on September 11, 2006 at 6:13 pm

Ken MC, this picture must have been taken mid-70’s, no later than 1980 before the Fox and Milgram was torn down to make room for the PNC Office Complex.

kencmcintyre on September 11, 2006 at 5:57 pm

You can see the Milgram in the right background, along with the Center.