A.B.C. Theatre

3321 Chestnut Street,
Philadelphia, PA 19104

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Pioneer Philadelphia movie exhibitor Marcus A. Benn opened the A.B.C. Theatre in 1913. It was located in a former stable that was converted into a theater by architects Anderson & Haupt. The house was located in the University Park neighborhood, and its site is now part of a parking facility for the surrounding campuses.

Contributed by Joe Vogel

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TheALAN on January 13, 2014 at 3:28 am

According to PAB, the team of Anderson & Haupt consisted of Julius J. Anderson, an architect and Max Haupt, an engineer. Any other details about the A.B.C. Theatre would be most appreciated!

TheALAN on July 19, 2014 at 11:15 pm

I thought after six months someone would have something to share, but I guess not?

HowardBHaas on July 20, 2014 at 12:59 pm

According to Glazer’s hardback book Philadelphia Theatres A-Z, it only operated as a theater intermittently for 5 years. That began 1914, so I wouldn’t expect anybody at this time to recall it.

TheALAN on January 3, 2015 at 8:42 pm

Thank you Howard for your insight!

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