Devon Theater for the Performing Arts
6333 Frankford Avenue,
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Located in the Mayfair district of Philadelphia. Designed in late-Streamline Moderne style by the firm of Thalheimer & Weitz, the Devon Theatre opened in 1946 with 878 seats, all on a single floor. A feature of the auditorium were large mural plaques midway on the side-walls over emergency exits, which depict Classical female figures with movie camera and the ‘Oscar’ statue. The plaques were back-lit.
The Devon Theater ran first run movies, then went to second run and this led to screening porn in the 1970’s. It went back to second run films and then briefly screened ‘Classic’ movies, but this venture failed and it was closed in 2000.
After a few years of lying dormant, it was renovated for use as a performing arts center. The Devon Theater for the Peforming Arts opened on March 27, 2009. It was closed in January 2011.
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