Collingswood Theatre

843 Haddon Avenue,
Collingswood, NJ 08108

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mitchdeighan on February 21, 2017 at 8:14 pm

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..

RickB on February 21, 2017 at 7:10 pm

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

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.

mitchdeighan on May 28, 2015 at 6:55 pm

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

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.

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.

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.

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 12:49 pm

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

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.

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?

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.

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

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 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.

TerryN on November 3, 2006 at 5:07 pm

United States Pipe Organ Company rebuilt and enlarged the 1920 Moller organ in 1929 as their opus 161. I am the current owner of the console from the 1929 rebuild. Does anyone know what happened to the rest of the organ?

teecee on July 28, 2005 at 8:51 am

“For elegant movie viewing, we would sometimes visit that wonderful movie palace, the Collingswood Theater, which was my son’s favorite baseball card shop not too long ago. Standing out in my memory of the Collingswood are its red velvet curtains. Against this regal backdrop, the one film I remember seeing there was William Castle’s "Homicidal.” "

Imdb lists Homicidal as a 1961 release
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teecee on July 5, 2005 at 3:45 am

A Moller organ, opus 3016, was installed in this theater in 1920.

JBon on June 13, 2005 at 6:11 pm

We moved to Collingswood in the summer of 1969. The theater had allready been closed for some time. However, i grew up with kids who used to go there and they remember it well. I’m told the last movie to be shown was “Pinohcio”. I remember though in the early 70’s The Collingswood was being used as a Billiards and Pooltable storage facillity. They had these dredful paper painted signs over the doors advertising what they were. The old marquee stayed up till the late 70’s give or take. I know the seats were taken out early probably so it could be used as a warehouse. Who know’s?
I was in the lobby section of the old theater back in May. Team Collingswood the mayor and the commisioners rented it out as their campaign headquarters. In that section, the ceiling is still original along with the floor the original front doors are still there along with the original glass poster cases still mounted on the walls as you walk in.
As you walk towards what would have been the theater section you come to “The Great Wall of Sheetrock”. However, there’s a fountain in what would have been the center of the lobby butted up to the new sheetrock. Actually, the sheetrock is butted up to it and one can only thank God, that fountain has'nt seen the wrong end of a sledge hammer!
The rest rooms still appear to be pretty much original and that was as far as one could get.
The election’s over but i must say “had the current administration been in power back in the late 60’s or early 70’s this GEM would STILL be a funtioning well known theater used for plays,concerts and probably movies”. Who know’s, maybe with a little luck since the town of Collingswood has done an awsome turnaround maybe the right invester will come along and do whats right for this theater!

teecee on March 11, 2005 at 6:20 pm

Listed in the 1951 FDY with 1197 seats.