Broadway Theatre

2042 S. Broad Street,
Philadelphia, PA 19145

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Broadway Theater,  2042 South Broad Street

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The Broadway Theatre was opened in 1913, and was closed in 1971, and was demolished later that year.

The site was formerly a fast food restaurant, but now houses a Walgreens.

Contributed by Annette Ravinsky, MikeRa, CharlesVanBibber

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RickB
RickB on October 8, 2005 at 3:18 pm

And yet a another Philadelphia theater called the Broadway: one located in the 100 block of West York Street. Built around 1914; operating as the New Broadway with an adults-only policy in 1963, gone from the newspaper listings by the end of the ‘60s, briefly reopened with mainstream films as the Ruby in the '80s.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on September 12, 2006 at 4:52 pm

In the small world department, I was the manager of the McDonalds at this location in 1981. Here are two photos of the theater in 1949:
http://tinyurl.com/f3th7
http://tinyurl.com/efxbv

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on February 18, 2009 at 5:33 pm

Here is a November 1956 item from Boxoffice magazine:

PHILADELPHIA-Stanley Warner’s Broadway Theater in South Philadelphia threw a big Halloween party Saturday October 27. Gift certificates were awarded winners of several age groups for best costume. Free masks were given to every child attending the special matinee. The promotion was arranged by manager Dominic Lucente, “the mayor of South Philadelphia”.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on February 2, 2010 at 9:19 pm

Here is a July 1971 photo from Temple U:
http://tinyurl.com/yzcfr62

Herstory47
Herstory47 on July 25, 2011 at 5:35 pm

I remember going to a Halloween party at the Broadway:)

LSouth219
LSouth219 on August 16, 2011 at 10:48 pm

hey maybe somebody could help me out!! My grandmother use to do dance numbers between movies at some theatres in South Philadelphia when she was 15yrs old (late 30s). Do u know if this was common practice at the broadway theatre?? or any other south philly theatres? I’m really hoping to locate which theatres she was talking about in her old stories. (unfortunately she passed away this last month).

TheALAN
TheALAN on March 3, 2014 at 10:12 pm

No, the Broadway did not close in 1959. But if it was closed and demolished in 1971, the last picture show at the Broadway could not have been “Charlotte’s Web” as the film was not released until February 22, 1973 (New York City).

TheALAN
TheALAN on March 3, 2014 at 10:46 pm

BROADWAY THEATRE is carved into the facade of the building, above the columns (or pillars). Take notice that the spelling is THEATRE, not theater.

whognu
whognu on September 24, 2015 at 6:13 am

@LSouth219 My understanding was that that was the case. It had a very large stage for Vaudeville acts (three sets of curtains if I remember) and there was a small orchestra pit down front, plenty of leg room. It had a loge and two balconies.

barrygerson
barrygerson on May 14, 2017 at 12:27 pm

The Colonial on Moyamensing Ave. had talent shows and other performances. Eddie Fisher got his start here as well as other well known notables. It had a curtain and there were dressing rooms behind the stage area. These dressing rooms were originally a part of the house that was occupied by my family- the original builders and owners of the theatre- my grandparents Sadie and Morris Gerson.It was originally a garage in 1908, they installed fifty seats, with my grandfather running the projector, my grandmother the cashier, and my father, Philip, the usher. It was built into a regular theatre in 1910. It was the first “air cooled” theatre in South Philly. Fans would blow air across a bed of ice in the basement. I distinctly remember experiencing the air cooled system. There was a banner hanging from the marquee announcing “air cooled”, before air conditioning was installed.

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