Admiral Theatre

2806 N. 5th Street,
Philadelphia, PA 19133

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Admiral Theatre

The Admiral Theatre opened September 3, 1928 with Dolores Costello in “Tenderloin”. The theatre was designed by the firm of Hodgens & Hill and was located on 5th Street near Somerset Street. The Palace Theatre was located on the same block. The Admiral Theatre closed in 1976, and is today home to a church.

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Coasterbear on May 1, 2007 at 5:39 pm

I completely forgot about this theater. Yes I did attend it as a child and remembered seeing “Babes In Toyland” there!

kencmcintyre on March 31, 2008 at 8:54 pm

Here is a photo from the PAB site, Irvin Glazer collection. No date is given. The poor resolution is from the original source:

TheALAN on June 2, 2014 at 9:16 am

In what style was this theater and who was the operator? Was this also a vaudeville theater?

rivest266 on October 6, 2016 at 3:11 pm

September 3rd, 1928 grand opening ad in photo section.

bill_o_irish on February 8, 2018 at 10:07 am

Growing up near N.3rd & Ontario in the mid-1950s the Admiral was one of our “go to” theaters on Saturdays. The other two being the Wishart (Front & Allegheny) and the Century (6th & Erie). Back at the time a bunch of 10 year kids could go anywhere in that area with not much to worry about.

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