Collingswood Theatre

843 Haddon Avenue,
Collingswood, NJ 08108

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The Collingswood Theatre opened in 1920 with “The Riddle Woman”, and was originally operated by Handle and Rovner. By 1941 it was operated by Warner Bros. Circuit Management Corp. It was an active movie venue until about 1962.

By the early-1970’s it was being used as a photography studio. In the 1990’s the Philadelphia Orchestra occasionally used it as a recording studio. By 2013 the auditorium was being used as a workshop, with original decorative features retain, plus original painted panels on the sidewalls depicting Spanish scenes. In September 2015 the lobby was being converted into a furniture store, retaining much of the original decoration and mirrors. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.

Contributed by Rick Burger

Recent comments (view all 22 comments)

johngleeson
johngleeson on May 19, 2013 at 8:49 pm

Here’s a link to a Rutgers article on a metal and woodworking group using the theatre.

http://makerspace.rutgers.edu/content/factory-collingswood

HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on May 19, 2013 at 11:23 pm

Tinseltoes, a google search reveals your link is Scottish Rite Auditorium, not this theater.

johngleeson
johngleeson on May 19, 2013 at 11:23 pm

The ballroom and theatre in Oaklyn on the wHP is the Scottish Rite Auditorium. Looks to be run by Camden County.

johngleeson
johngleeson on May 19, 2013 at 11:26 pm

The web designer is using the top of the Haddon Avenue theatre as a graphic. Maybe they didn’t know there are two places called the Collingswood Theatre.

RickB
RickB on May 29, 2015 at 2:46 am

An entrepreneur wants to open a “tattoo and gallery” business in the theater building; looks like it would be in what was once the entrance area. Philly.com story here.

mitchdeighan
mitchdeighan on May 29, 2015 at 2:55 am

“Photoplays” … oh how I miss seeing that on Collingswood Theatre’s magnificent old marquee

robboehm
robboehm on June 2, 2015 at 8:18 pm

Mitch I uploaded a picture of the Collingswood, with its marquee. Unfortunately I don’t have the tech skills to have eliminated the postcard image which also appears.

RickB
RickB on February 22, 2017 at 3:10 am

Last day of operation for the theatre appears to have been June 25, 1963; the final feature was “Hud.”

mitchdeighan
mitchdeighan on February 22, 2017 at 4:14 am

Wonder how many folks showed up at that last show? And I’ve been wondering for decades if the great historic marquee was salvaged by someone and maybe sitting in their back yard right now..

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