Roosevelt Theatre

4739 Frankford Avenue,
Philadelphia, PA 19124

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Foyer of the Roosevelt Theatre, Philadelphia, PA in 1928

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The Roosevelt Theatre opened in 1926 on Frankford Avenue near Oxford Avenue, on the same block as the Frankford Theatre. The Roosevelt Theatre could seat 1,901 and was designed by the firm of Hodgens & Hill (who also designed the Frankford and a number of other theaters around Philadelphia). The Roosevelt Theatre closed in 1962.

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Michael R. Rambo Jr.
Michael R. Rambo Jr. on July 2, 2005 at 11:47 pm

The Roosevelt Theatre is still standing, along with Stanley Warner’s Circle Theatre, which was one block south. The Frankford Theatre was demolished, and a now-vacant Pearle Vision center stands in the Frankford’s site.

I beleive at one point, The Roosevelt and The Frankford were owned by Stanley Warner Theatres, who also owned The Circle Theatre, The Allegheny Theatre, and The Midway Theatre (all which were near the PRT/PTC/SEPTa Market-Frankford Line)

JamesCraven
JamesCraven on August 29, 2005 at 4:41 am

Stores are now where the lobby was once located.

iobdennis
iobdennis on March 16, 2006 at 7:21 am

I recall the inside of the theater had little fake porticos all around the sides, making it look like there were small loges or balconies. I saw “Gone with the Wind” here on a re-run sometime in the 50s.

EricOlsen
EricOlsen on January 21, 2008 at 10:51 am

was this the theater that closed and was a Sears Surplus store in the 70’s and 80’s?

RCC
RCC on June 28, 2011 at 3:17 pm

My paternal grandmother played the organ for silent movies at the Roosevelt Theatre during the theatre’s early years. Cathryn Bircher Cooper. She’d studied music in New York. She had to improvise to what she saw on the movie screen. I never met her. She died in her mid 30’s in the mid-1930’s when my father was a boy.

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