Fern Rock Theatre
6017 N. 5th Street,
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Opened as the New Fern Rock Theatre in 1928, the nearly-1,300 seat theater was part of the RKO Stanley Warner chain in its early years. It was located on 5th Street, across from Fisher Park.
The theatre was designed by the firm of Hodgens & Hill, whose other Philadelphia theaters include the Frankford Theatre, Roosevelt Theatre, Cambria Theatre, and Admiral Theatre, among many others. The vestibule & foyer were constructed of Spanish stone and solid walnut. The auditorium was in a classic Georgian style with a yellow & gold color scheme. There was extensive use of gold leaf throughout. The auditorium had a huge crystal chandelier in the central dome, which was done entirely in gold leaf. A completely equipped stage and a Wurlitzer organ was installed. The Fern Rock Theatre was initially a vaudeville and moving picture theatre with an eleven piece orchestra. When talkies arrived, vaudeville ceased.
In the 1970’s, the Fern Rock Theatre was acquired by the Sameric chain, and twinned. The theater closed in the late-1980’s.
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