Park Theatre

N. Broad Street and Fairmount Avenue,
Philadelphia, PA 19130

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Park Theatre

The Park Theatre opened as a legitimate theatre on September 16, 1889. Seating was provided in orchestra and two balcony levels. It was later operated as a variety theatre (a predecessor form to vaudeville). By 1911 it was operating as a burlesque theatre, with movies as part of the program. It was closed in 1918 and was later converted into a YMCA.

The Park Theatre building was demolished in 1968.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on August 4, 2019 at 10:10 am

There is a Park Theatre listed under Philadelphia in the 1897-98 edition of the Julius Cahn Official Theatrical Guide. This guide does not have street addresses. The capacity of the theatre, which was on the ground floor, was 1,952 on the orchestra floor and 2 balconies. The proscenium opening was 38 feet wide X 32 feet high, and the stage was 47 feet deep. There were 10 members of the house orchestra. Ticket prices ranged from 25 cents to $1.50. William J. Gilmore was Mgr. There was both gas and electric illumination.

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