Midway Theatre

1829 E. Allegheny Avenue,
Philadelphia, PA 19134

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Previously operated by: Warner Bros. Circuit Management Corp.

Firms: Magaziner, Eberhard, and Harris

Styles: Art Deco

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Standing on the balcony of the Midway Theater.

The Midway Theatre opened on December 24, 1932 with Joe E. Brown in “You Said A Mouthful”. It was designed by the firm of Magaziner, Eberhard, and Harris for Samuel Shapiro. Besides a 2,727-seat movie theatre, 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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Recent comments (view all 33 comments)

FrankDeLorca on July 3, 2008 at 3:26 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 on August 10, 2009 at 1:50 pm

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

kencmcintyre on January 21, 2010 at 2:01 am

Here is a July 1979 photo from Temple U:

donogrady on March 22, 2010 at 2:26 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 on March 22, 2010 at 2:32 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 4:33 am

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

donogrady on May 7, 2010 at 12:04 pm

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

dedelp on September 25, 2013 at 4:35 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!

rivest266 on October 8, 2016 at 2:39 pm

December 23rd, 1932 grand opening ad in photo section.

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