Esquire Theater

5717 North Broad Street,
Philadelphia, PA 19141

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robboehm on May 3, 2015 at 2:02 pm

Photo of the Esquire in the day uploaded.

ronnie21 on October 27, 2013 at 5:46 pm

well according to these pictures from American classic images. theater was open for business in August of 80 showing the shining…

Mikeoaklandpark on February 19, 2013 at 7:34 am

The theater reopend briefly in 1981 by Rusty A Miller who also reopened the Benn on Woodland Ave and the 69th St in Upper Darby. All were short lived. Update information above to show this information.

calcynic on October 17, 2010 at 9:00 am

Strong memories of the Esquire. I would take my mom there to try to distract her from her grief after my dad’s passing. Saw “Man for All Seasons”, “Bonnie & Clyde”, “Z”…among others. Worked at the White Tower across the street and danced at Wagner’s Ballroom with the Geator with the Heater.

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john daggett on June 10, 2010 at 8:13 pm

During the 1950’s & early 1960’s the manager of this theatre was LOU WAKSHUL who went on to be manager of the Goldman Theatres all new ORLEANS THEATRE on Cottman Ave in NE PHILA

kencmcintyre on July 10, 2009 at 9:31 am

From Boxoffice magazine, January 1948:

PHILADELPHIA – Meyer B. Strouse, manager of the Grange Theater, died suddenly early Monday at the age of 70. Strouse, who was associated with many other Stanley Warner theaters here during his career, was active in a number of civic organizations.

kencmcintyre on April 17, 2009 at 6:15 pm

The function should be changed to restaurant, which it is, arguably, even if it serves bad fried chicken.

kencmcintyre on April 7, 2009 at 4:56 pm

The theater is now a fried chicken place. The second link is a 1980 photo.

Michael R. Rambo Jr.
Michael R. Rambo Jr. on July 2, 2005 at 8:38 pm

This theatre was closed by Budco Theatres in 1979, and was opened by Stanley Warner Theatres as “Grange Theatre” in the 1930’s or 1940’s.

veyoung52 on January 21, 2005 at 9:09 pm

In the 1950s a new circular marquee replaced the one shown in the above-mentioned photographs.

veyoung52 on November 25, 2004 at 10:36 am

When CinemaScope was installed, the screen was fitted in front of the proscenium with movable masking but without screen curtains. Sometime in the late 50’s/early 60’s, William Goldman, the owner, added curtains in what was then his favorite color for theatre yard goods: Cinerama burgundy-red. I always like the lit sign that appeared at the end of the lobby before entering the single-floor auditorium: “Silence is Golden”. In those days, it worked.