429 W. Tilghman Street,
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Opened as the Franklin Theatre in 1913, this neighborhood theatre was renamed the Jennette Theatre on May 3, 1957 for then-owner Al Moffa’s wife. Moffa is perhaps best known for his motion picture projector repair service. As the Jeanette Theatre it played art films and later for more than two decades was Allentown’s porno house.
After the demise of the porn films the Jeannette Theatre sat empty for a couple of years until Moffa redid the theatre and reopened it again under the name of the Franklin Theatre on October 29, 1992.
It was operating weekends only, but in summer-2008, was closed temporarily. It never reopened, and in December 2011, it was announced the building was ‘For Sale’, with a view converted into offices. By 2014 it was operating as a church.
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