Diamond Theatre

2119-2123 Germantown Avenue,
Philadelphia, PA 19122

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Diamond Theatre 2119 Germantown Ave

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This theatre opened as the Cohooksink Theatre in 1920 and sat 927. Later known as the Diamond Theatre when it was remodeled in 1937 to the plans of David Supowitz.

Later it became a Spanish-language movie house called the Teatro Puerto Rico in the 1960’s, but returned to mainstream movies later, though retaining the Puerto Rico name.

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Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on September 17, 2004 at 7:23 am

Can you give a more specific address? Was it on 6th (Avenue? Street?) or on Diamond? I suspect that it had at least one name prior to Teatro Puerto Rico. The 1942 Film Daily Year Book reports a 1,657-seat Park Theatre at 31st. and Diamond Street. There was also a 927-seat Diamond Theatre on Germantown Avenue.

RickB on September 17, 2004 at 7:52 am

I believe this building was originally called the Diamond Theater. The actual address was on Germantown Avenue, a diagonal street that passes very close to the 6th & Diamond intersection. In the ‘80s this theater would occasionally show up in the Philadelphia Inquirer’s neighborhood movie listings; by then the films were typical Hollywood releases but the theater was still called the Puerto Rico.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on September 17, 2004 at 8:34 am

According to Irvin R. Glazer’s “Philadelphia Theaters,” the Diamond Theatre was situated at 2119 Germantown Avenue and first opened in 1920 as a purpose-built movie house. In 1937, the Diamond was renovated and received a new marquee under the supervision of architect David Supowitz. Interior and exterior photographs taken at that time can be fournd on page 31 of Glazer’s book. (Curiously, in the chronological list of Philadephia theaters at the back of the book, the author contradicts himself by reporting the Diamond’s opening date as 1923!)

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on September 17, 2004 at 8:45 am

P.S. I’ve just compared the exterior photo of the Diamond in Glazer’s book to the one of the Teatro Puerto Rico at nycsubway.org and it’s definitely the same theatre. The 1937 marquee had “DIAMOND” in illuminated letters across the front, with an illuminated diamond with just the letter “D” above that. These were later replaced by a painted sign “Puerto Rico Theatre” across the front of the marquee and a painted “PR” in the diamond above.

kencmcintyre on May 9, 2009 at 11:37 am

Here is a contemporary view. The building is still standing but is not in use:

kencmcintyre on December 11, 2009 at 8:25 pm

Here is an undated photo from the Irvin Glazer collection:

TheALAN on February 4, 2014 at 10:22 pm

Would anyone be able to share when this theater closed? After its closure, a Puerto Rican congregation used the space for religious services. Today, the building appears vacant. “FOR SALE” is scribbled on the fa├žade.

TheALAN on February 4, 2014 at 11:16 pm

Warren, here is a more specific address: — 2117-7123 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia PA 19122. On Germantown Avenue, the theater is at North 6th Street between Diamond Street and West Susquehanna Avenue. The theater opened in 1920 as the Cohooksink Theatre, was renamed the Diamond Theatre (c. 1937), and finally became the Teatro Puerto Rico in the 1960’s.

What does the 1,657-seat Park Theatre, at 31st and Diamond Streets, have to do with the Diamond Street? They’re twenty-five blocks apart! You mention that there was also a 927-seat Diamond Theatre on Germantown Avenue. That is the one and the same as the Diamond Theatre on this Cinema Treasures page!

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