Italia Theatre

733 Christian Street,
Philadelphia, PA 19147

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The Italia Theatre was opened in 1914. It was remodeled in 1929 to the plans of architect A. Winters. The Italia Theatre was closed and demolished in 1966. It was replaced by a municipal parking lot.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 1, 2014 at 12:57 pm

Philadelphia Architects and Buildings lists an architect named Arthur H. Winters. He was both an architect and a contractor, and was probably the A. Winters who remodeled the Italia Theatre in 1929.

JGargiulo
JGargiulo on July 1, 2014 at 5:27 pm

Mr. Vogel thank you for this information. Is there any further info or photos available for this theater? Again, Thank You

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 2, 2014 at 11:54 am

Philadelphia Architects and Buildings says that the Italia Theatre at 733 Christian Street was the same building as Verdi Hall. P.A.B.’s page for Verdi Hall doesn’t add any information, and PhilaPlace says that Verdi Hall was at 713 Christian Street. Obviously one web site or the other has made a mistake, but I don’t know which one. For what it’s worth, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania lists the “Verdi Hall or Italia Theater, 713 Christian Street, now municipal parking lot.”

Also, the Bella Vista community profile page of South Philly Review mentions “Verdi Hall, 713 Christian St., which opened in 1905, and later became an Italian cinema….”

So there are three possibilities:

  1. (Most likely) Verdi Hall and the Italia Theatre were the same building, at 713 Christian Street;

  2. They were different buildings at 713 and 733 Christian Street;

  3. (Least likely) they were the same theater at 733 Christian Street.

So far the only photo I’ve found is the one at PhilaPlace depicting Verdi Hall about 1906. Until the address issue is cleared up, we can’t be positive whether or not Verdi Hall and the Italia Theatre were the same building. A Sanborn map of the block from the 1920s would resolve the issue, if anybody can come up with one.

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