2459 Kensington Avenue,
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The People’s Theatre originally opened in 1890, seating over 2,200, and was located on Kensington Avenue at the corner with E. Cumberland Street. In 1914, Thomas Lamb was hired to remodel the theatre, and its seating was reduced to about 1,930 at this time. From 1924-26, the People’s Theatre was renamed the Desmond Theatre. In 1927 it was remodeled to the plans of Hoffman-Henon Co. and was renamed Kent Theatre by the Stanley Theatres Corporation. It reopened January 16, 1928 and a Kimball organ had been installed which was opened by organist Karl Bonawitz. The Kent Theatre was later taken over by Warner Bros. Circuit Management Corp.
The Kent Theatre closed during the 1960’s and was demolished sometime in 1989. Today the site is in use as a basketball court.
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