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.

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TheALAN on January 12, 2014 at 7:28 pm

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 3:15 pm

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

HowardBHaas on July 20, 2014 at 4:59 am

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 12:42 pm

Thank you Howard for your insight!

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