Ellis Theatre

5231 Frankford Avenue,
Philadelphia, PA 19124

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The Front Facade and Foyer of Forum/Ellis Theatre, as of 2012

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The Forum Theatre opened June 25, 1928 for motion pictures and stage shows. The marquee was decorated with neon glass tubes in orange and blue. The theatre was 92' x 319' and all seating was on the main floor. It had a Kilgen organ on a lift, a large orchestra pit and a fully equipped stage. In the 1940’s, the Forum Theatre is listed as being operated by Stanley-Warner.

Sometime after 1950 it was re-named Ellis Theatre and by the 1970’s it was showing X-rated movies as the Xtassy Theatre, closing in the late-1970’s to be subsequently demolished. The facade and foyer were saved and are in use as a liquor store.

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EricOlsen
EricOlsen on January 21, 2008 at 7:48 am

does anyone know what was left in the auditorium when the theater closed? Did anyone get to see the inside when it was torn down?

EricOlsen
EricOlsen on March 14, 2008 at 5:39 am

Anyone know what was left in the auditorium when it was torn down in 2003?

EricOlsen
EricOlsen on April 23, 2008 at 5:44 pm

Here is what the inside looked like in the mid 1950’s when it reopened as the Ellis. I wonder what was left of this when it was torn down.

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Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on June 23, 2010 at 2:54 pm

“Glamor Treatment for Neighborhood House"
Article with photos in Boxoffice magazine, April 7, 1956:
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EricOlsen
EricOlsen on July 7, 2010 at 5:35 am

Gerald – the link doesn’t work.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on July 7, 2010 at 5:43 am

Eric,
That’s because Boxoffice magazine has just completely screwed up its website and most of its back issues are no longer available. Sad. The link worked up to a few days ago.

EricOlsen
EricOlsen on July 7, 2010 at 7:03 am

damn! I am looking for pics of the Ellis Theatre inside and out to put on facebook. I have one from 1956 but thats it.

TheALAN
TheALAN on November 2, 2011 at 11:18 pm

Gerald – I guess we can forget this link. It still doesn’t work and it doesn’t look like Boxoffice nagazine is going to fix it. That’s too bad but thank’s anyway!

TheALAN
TheALAN on November 28, 2014 at 6:53 pm

The link is working again — thanks!

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