Girard Theatre

625 West Girard Avenue,
Philadelphia, PA 19122

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GIRARD Theatre, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania after closure

The Girard Avenue Theatre was opened in 1891. By 1941, it was known as the Girard Theatre, and was closed in 1964.

Although the facade of the building has been ‘modernised’, the original brickwork of the auditorium block and stage house can be seen around the corner on N. Marshall Street. It became a Klein’s Spanish-American Food Market, and later a housed a Fine Fare supermarket. It was demolished in November 2019.

Contributed by Lou Rugani

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LouRugani on October 17, 2012 at 6:37 pm

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 28. (1903) — The Girard Avenue Theater was gutted by fire early today, entailing a loss of $50,000, of which $25,000 was on the building and the remainder on the contents. The fire started at about 3:30 a. m. on the stage, and is supposed to have been caused by an electric light wire. A traveling company was producing the “Minister’s Daughter.” All of the company’s scenery and costumes were destroyed. Miller and Kauffman were the lessees.

JeffBradway on August 14, 2013 at 10:11 pm

Lou, Can you tell me the source of the photo of the façade of the Girard? I am researching, J. B. McElfatrick & Son, the firm that designed the Girard, and would like to obtain a copy of the photo. Thanks!

Joey_Martini on February 1, 2014 at 8:18 am

Great article here about the history:

TheALAN on August 22, 2014 at 4:19 pm

Sorry Jeff, but I guess Lou’s not going to answer your question. I wish I could!

Does anyone know what make and model theater organ was in the Girard Theatre and when it was removed? Also, what happened to it.


HowardBHaas on July 21, 2016 at 9:21 am

For sale by grocery store owner, article has interior photos-

HowardBHaas on September 10, 2018 at 4:07 pm

Sold & demolition expected

EsseXploreR on November 5, 2019 at 7:46 am

Demolition is well underway.

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