Dante Theatre

1212 S. Broad Street,
Philadelphia, PA 19146

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Rose Zambrano & 1939 auto (photo from her daughter Maria Zambrano)

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The Dante Theatre opened on Broad Street near Federal Street in 1937, with seating for 650. The theatre was designed in a Streamline Moderne style by Armand de Cortieux Carroll. A year later, the architectural firm of Thalheimer & Weitz was hired to remodel the Dante Theatre. The theatre remained in operation until 1962. Today the building is the home of the JNA Institue of Culinary Arts.

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HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on July 15, 2007 at 12:39 pm

from 9-15-1937 The Exhibitor, photo of Dante Theatre’s ticket booth:
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and photo of glass brick standee wall at auditorium rear with text below:
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The standing rail of the new Dante Theatre, Philadelphia, PA Armand Carroll, Architect. Glass brick inlaid in wood panelling and topped with upholstering to match the chairs, is an unusual modern touch. Subdued reflected illumination from within serves only to guide incoming patrons.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on June 21, 2008 at 4:01 pm

Here is the website for the culinary school:
http://www.culinaryarts.com/

HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on February 16, 2009 at 7:39 am

If you google search EXACTLY “Boxoffice April 30, 1938” and then after the issue appears, place in the search box “Philadelphia” then after enough clicks you will eventually find an exterior photo of the Dante in its Art Moderne glory.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 3, 2009 at 11:37 pm

Not exactly theater-related, but this web log post contains a 1935 Armstrong Linoleum ad with a picture of the stunning deco-moderne interior of a Philadelphia night club and restaurant designed by the architect of the Dante, Armand Carroll.

HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on March 4, 2009 at 4:00 am

Thanks, Joe, last year, I captured that restaurant photo but didn’t recall where I got it from. It is stunning.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on June 20, 2010 at 3:00 pm

From Boxoffice, November 7, 1936:

Lombardi “Dante” Backer
Philadelphia – Joe Lombardi, wel-known south Philadelphia theatre owner, heads the syndicate of Italian-Americans building a new theatre at Broad and Federal streets.
The theatre, which will show both foreign and domestic films, will be called the “Dante.”

Herstory47
Herstory47 on July 25, 2011 at 6:02 pm

It was a nice movie theater. We went often.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on July 26, 2011 at 3:43 am

Direct link to image of the Dante Theatre in Boxoffice magazine, April 30, 1938: VIEW LINK

TheALAN
TheALAN on February 22, 2014 at 12:35 pm

Does anyone have a photo of the Dante between 1937 —– 1962? Please share. Thanks!

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on February 22, 2014 at 1:59 pm

The Alan… There is a link I posted to an image from that period in the comment just above this one you just added. Click.

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