Benn Theatre

6316 Woodland Avenue,
Philadelphia, PA 19142

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Benn Theater

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Opened on September 1, 1923, the Benn Theatre was later renovated in 1929. By 1941 it was operated by Warner Bros. Circuit Management Corp. and later by RKO Stanley-Warner. It was closed in 1975.

Contributed by George Quirk

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kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on January 11, 2008 at 10:17 pm

Here is an expanded version of one of the PAB thumbnails posted on 4/2/05. The photo is from the Irvin Glazer collection:
http://tinyurl.com/256jt6

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on January 12, 2008 at 10:23 am

It looks like the building is now occupied by a Dynamic Dollar store, which I imagine is like the 7-11. They didn’t have any Dynamic Dollar places when I lived in town.

finkysteet
finkysteet on July 16, 2008 at 5:05 pm

The only thing I can recall about the Benn was the curtains – or lack thereof. They stayed in the open position partly because the rod was snapped in half above the screen. Nice look for a movie theater, no?

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on December 11, 2008 at 4:30 pm

Here is a blurb from Boxoffice magazine, April 1950:

Robert Kessler, manager of S-W’s Benn Theater, following a successful “Miss Sunshine” contest, is getting ready to set up his annual baby contest.

rkscan
rkscan on March 30, 2009 at 6:15 am

I remember going to the Benn when I was a kid back in the 70’s. I went to saturday matinees when I could. There was always a line all the way to 63rd Street and the theater was always full. Too bad it’s closed. Jupiter’s was next to it, which was a Kmart store.

needb
needb on September 2, 2012 at 8:08 am

This theater was owned by my grandfather & great grandfather, Abraham Benn & Marcus Benn. My mom used to have movie parties there… I believe the Benner and the Alan were also part of that group. My Avitar is Alan & Esther Benn

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 4, 2014 at 11:14 am

According to the November 18, 1922, issue of The American Contractor, the Philip Halbach Company was the construction firm that built this theater. The item said that the theater was designed by H. C. Hodgons, Inc., 130 S. 15th st., but I can’t find any references to such a company on the Internet, nor any variant of the name Hodgons (Hodgson, Hodgdon, Hodgins.) It might have been a mistake. The item did give the name of the owner as Marcus A. Bonn instead of the correct Marcus Benn. Those old trade journals were full of typos.

TheALAN
TheALAN on January 13, 2014 at 1:56 am

Close but the spelling is off by one letter on each.

The theatre was designed and built by the Philip Haibach Contracting Company — architects and builders.

Harvey Childs Hodgens and Albert Douglas Hill were architects that comprised the firm of Hodgens & Hill. The firm specialized in the design of theatres.

It appears that the two firms collaborated on the design of the Benn Theatre.

TheALAN
TheALAN on January 13, 2014 at 3:17 am

A Dynamic Dollar & Up store now lives where the Jupiter store once did. The entrance to the theatre itself is shuttered. The marquee is still present but is rapidly deteriorating. The signage is gone now. And the upper façade is covered with weathered plywood. The past 39 years have not been kind to ol' Benn!

rivest266
rivest266 on May 19, 2014 at 2:17 pm

Small grand opening ad from September 1st, 1923 at http://fultonhistory.com/Newspapers%2023/Philadelphia%20PA%20Inquirer/Philadelphia%20PA%20Inquirer%201923/Philadelphia%20PA%20Inquirer%201923%20-%206906.pdf

Also in the photo section.

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