Fern Rock Theatre

6017 N. 5th Street,
Philadelphia, PA 19120

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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.

Contributed by Bryan

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kencmcintyre on September 20, 2006 at 4:15 pm

I have a photo from the same source of the Teatro Puerto Rico on 6th and Diamond. If anyone knows of the previous incarnation under which this theater may be listed, please let me know. Thanks.

kencmcintyre on December 11, 2009 at 10:42 pm

It appears to be a dollar store now.

calcynic on October 17, 2010 at 11:21 am

I remember the chandolier and the vending machine. This was 5 minutes from my house across from Dougherty. The vending machine had a ??? mystery slot. My friends would get good stuff but everytime I pulled the lever, I got NIBS. I’ve since developed a taste for licorice but I hated it as a kid. 15 of us saw “The Alamo” together and, after the flick, we ran across the street to Fishers Park and re-enacted the battle scenes.

wralston on February 14, 2013 at 6:05 am

My son friend was a manager there i grew up going there took a girl there on a date to see Saturday night fever would eat the fern rock dinner next to movie after

blondie369bco on October 13, 2013 at 6:46 pm

The Fern Rock was my first job in 1985. I will never forget the great times we had..

TheALAN on January 19, 2014 at 5:27 pm

Not a dollar store. It’s a grocery store — Save More Food Market.

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