Bromley Theatre

5810 Old York Road,
Philadelphia, PA 19141

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11-30-06

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Designed by the firm of Thalheimer & Weitz, the 952-seat Bromley Theatre opened on April 20, 1935 and stands at Old York Road near Broad Street. The Art Moderne style Bromley Theatre featured a tall pylon-like vertical sign partly flush against and party atop of a circular, gear-like base, and a rather simple boxy marquee. The Bromley Theatre closed in 1958.

In recent years, the building was used by medical offies, and then by bingo. By late-2008 bingo had closed, and in 2009 Precious Baby Learning Academy had opened. After the conversion to a daycare center, marble and chrome surrounding where the facade’s poster cases used to be, was again exposed to public view.

Contributed by Bryan, Howard B. Haas

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HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on February 19, 2006 at 4:13 pm

Yes, the building survives. You can see the exterior of the auditorium from outside.

HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on November 30, 2006 at 12:23 pm

I think it was a medical center for awhile. Now, it is a Bingo hall, and the marquee says bingo. I went inside, but the ceilings had been lowered, so there was very little to see of interest.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on January 14, 2008 at 9:33 pm

Here is an expanded view of Chuck’s thumbnail of 4/2/05, from the PAB site. The photo is from the Irvin Glazer collection:
http://tinyurl.com/36ojfw

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on January 15, 2008 at 4:27 am

Junior Miss with Peggy Ann Garner and Allyn Joslyn was released in November of 1946.

raymondgordonsears
raymondgordonsears on January 15, 2008 at 5:39 am

The building is empty once again and for rent. A BINGO business was the last to operate out of the theater. rg

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on June 21, 2008 at 6:50 pm

Here is a 5/23/52 photo from the same source as the one on 1/14/08. The photo was mistakenly placed on the Byrd Theater page.
http://tinyurl.com/65q6na

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on December 13, 2008 at 6:26 pm

You can still see the Bingo sign on Google. Status should be closed.

Here is an item from Boxoffice magazine, February 1955:

Harold Eskin is not going to operate the Bromley after April, and the theater is scheduled for conversion to a dance hall.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on December 13, 2008 at 6:29 pm

RG mentioned that the building was empty back on Jan 15, 2008 at 5:39am. I guess I should also start repeating information myself.

HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on December 13, 2008 at 6:55 pm

I went by it today. A business, retail perhaps, is going inside. Workers were on the roof doing something.

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