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.

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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.

RickB on May 28, 2015 at 6:46 pm

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. story here.

mitchdeighan on May 28, 2015 at 6:55 pm

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

robboehm on June 2, 2015 at 12:18 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.

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