Midway Theatre

1829 E. Allegheny Avenue,
Philadelphia, PA 19134

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Standing on the balcony of the Midway Theater.

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The Midway Theatre opened on December 24, 1932, designed by the firm of Magaziner, Eberhard, and Harris for Samuel Shapiro. Besides a 2,727-seat movie theater, the building housed offices, stores, and a restaurant. It stood on Allegheny Avenue near Kensington Avenue.

The Art Deco-style theatre featured a large vertical sign rising over a gear-like semi-circular marquee (later replaced by a simple triangular-shaped marquee). By 1941 it was operated by Warner Bros. Circuit Management Corp.

The Midway Theatre lasted into the 1970’s, and was torn down in 1979. A Burger King was later built on the site, today a Dunkin' Donuts.

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earlwlaney
earlwlaney on July 3, 2008 at 7:37 pm

Yes,we wore uniforms and carried flashlights. I remember during the time I worked there (1956) they exchanged our old uniforms for a new “modern” style uniform. If I remember correctly, we went from a short jacket with a bow tie to a suit length jacket with a regular tie. I believe they were dark blue. We used to change our clothes in one of the old dressing rooms behind the stage on an upper floor.

FrankDeLorca
FrankDeLorca on July 3, 2008 at 8:26 pm

We were still wearing those heavy, hot, woolen jackets in the late 60s when I started working there! They had gold braid, brass buttons with the “SW” logo on them (for Stanley-Warner)and a gold SW shoulder patch. No matter how many times we took them to the cleaners, we couldn’t get rid of their odd, musty smell. In the early 70s, they bought us some great new (and lightweight) black tuxedo jackets with thin black satin lapels. Those were a welcome change! I still have a few of the original uniform’s brass buttons & a patch, too… somewhere!

krolart
krolart on August 10, 2009 at 6:50 pm

Great photo. I remember the Midway well. I was working there as an assistant manager in 1967.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on January 21, 2010 at 7:01 am

Here is a July 1979 photo from Temple U:
http://tinyurl.com/yfuk83h

donogrady
donogrady on March 22, 2010 at 6:26 pm

Mr. DeLorca is correct, the Midway closed in 1977. I too worked at that Theater until the final day. If memory serves, Mr. Delorca was a “Dead Ringer” for another employee of the Midway by the name of Willard Pierce. Good times, Good times.

Noah Boddy

donogrady
donogrady on March 22, 2010 at 6:32 pm

The cashier was Betty and the projectionist was George. Anyone else remember the staff in 1977?

john daggett
john daggett on April 23, 2010 at 9:33 am

And so what happened to that staff as well as so many others????
Amd what happened to the operatoers union?????

donogrady
donogrady on May 7, 2010 at 5:04 pm

Mr. DeLorca, what happened to Betty the cashier; I wunder

dedelp
dedelp on September 25, 2013 at 9:35 pm

as a kid I remember seeing BOBBY DARIN in person at the Midway, he drove up to the front of the theatre in his Mercury!

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