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. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.

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JBon on January 17, 2007 at 4:31 am

TerryN,I recently spoke to one of the guy’s who back in the early 1970’s helped with removing the balcony section in preperation for the theatre’s new use as a photography studio. Again, this was early 70’s. I had asked if he remembered seeing the old organ during the demolition and he said from what he could remember “there was just pieces of it (organ)laying there”. He said most likly those “pieces” ended up in the dumpster with the rest of the balcony.

goomba8 on May 9, 2007 at 10:51 am

I actually live in this theater! I moved into my apartment in 2004, and I love it here. My apartment stretches across the top front of the building (the ornate marble that says “Collingswood”) and the other two apartment go towards the back of the building.
I have a trap door in my living room floor that houses the wires of the now-defunct marquee.
I always catch people looking up or taking pictures, probably having no idea that it is now an apartment and someone lives up here! My landlord was a photographer in the 60’s and 70’s and converted the actual theater portion of the building into a photography studio. It is now a business.

JBon on May 10, 2007 at 3:19 am

There was a local Collingswood guy who used to rent that apt. beck in the early 80’s. We all would hang up there from time to time. Boy, if those walls cold talk!!! LOL

robzero on April 10, 2008 at 12:47 pm

Up until fairly recently, the Phila Orchestra used to record in the auditorium of the building. My father-in-law plays with the Orchestra and said that the theater was well-known for its acoustics. About 10 years ago or so, Michael Crawford (Broadway’s original Phantom) recorded portions of a record there. It’s cited in the liner notes.

mitchdeighan on May 9, 2009 at 11:15 pm

I really miss the great old historic marquee of The Collingswood with it’s “photoplays”…
I wonder where it ended up and wonder if it’s still intact somewhere?

RickB on May 19, 2013 at 8:57 am

Theater is now in use as “a members work shop for artists, craftsmen and innovators.” Website here, column here and photo gallery here.

johngleeson on May 19, 2013 at 12:49 pm

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

HowardBHaas on May 19, 2013 at 3:23 pm

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

johngleeson on May 19, 2013 at 3:23 pm

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

johngleeson on May 19, 2013 at 3:26 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.

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