Ogontz Theatre

6033 Ogontz Avenue,
Philadelphia, PA 19141

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The Ogontz was built in 1926-27, designed by the firm of Hoffman & Henon in association with the firm of Magaziner, Eberhard & Harris. By 1941 it was operated by Warner Bros. Circuit Management Corp. The 1,777 seat Ogontz Theatre closed in 1988 and has since been torn down.

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raymondgordonsears on November 12, 2004 at 4:40 pm

This theatre after it stopped showing films sat empty but then became a stage theatre. They tried to bring in plays/musicals and rock n rolls shows (like the Uptown) It didn’t last long because of the area. At one point I tried to lease the theatre for movies but when StanleyWarner closed a theatre they just tour everything out so it could not be used as a movie house. rg

teecee on March 7, 2005 at 9:59 am

Thumbnails at this link, don’t try to expand without a paid subscription:
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kencmcintyre on February 3, 2008 at 1:29 pm

Here are two expanded views of the PAB thumbnails posted on 3/7/05. The photos are from the Irvin Glazer collection. The marquee in the first photo says “City of David”, but I’m not sure if that was a film:

TheALAN on January 16, 2014 at 8:09 pm

This theater was built with two stores to the front of the auditorium on Ogontz Avenue, one on each side of the theater foyer/lobby.

A roof sign framed in chase lights read OGONTZ in incandescent bulbs. The two vacant lines beneath OGONTZ probably read PHOTOPLAYS and VAUDEVILLE as this sign was very similar to the roof sign of the Oxford Theatre in Burholme. Both theaters staged vaudeville.

The marquee was three sided. The front had a neon sunburst behind the lettering OGONTZ THEATRE. The sides (or ends) had the lettering OGONTZ above the signboard and featured individual letters that actually plugged into the signboard and lit up. Chase lights outlined all three sides. Today it’s an empty lot between the Ogontz Free Library of Philadelphia and Ed’s Pizza House.

Does anyone know what style this theater was built in?

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