Devon Theater for the Performing Arts

6333 Frankford Avenue,
Philadelphia, PA 19135

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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.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on August 12, 2009 at 12:52 am

Here is a photo from the Irvin Glazer theater collection:
http://tinyurl.com/qwnhha

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on November 30, 2009 at 10:39 pm

Never should have put Drexel on the marquee. Bad luck.

HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on April 9, 2011 at 6:39 pm

Did the Devon (in its current form) close?
I’m confused about the references to putting “Drexel” on the marquee. Was the theater renamed?

JohnMessick
JohnMessick on May 25, 2012 at 3:25 am

Wonder how much state tax money went into this project.

Matthew Prigge
Matthew Prigge on November 19, 2012 at 1:23 am

If anyone has any stories about going to/ working at this threatre in its adult days, I would love to hear them. I am chronicling the histories of adult theatres in the US. Please contact me at Thanks!

TheALAN
TheALAN on December 15, 2013 at 6:49 am

The answer to Howard’s question is yes, the Devon Theater for the Performing Arts is closed. As for the marquee confusion – MARQUEE SPONSORED BY DREXEL UNIVERSIY – appears on the bottom right corner of each of the three faces of the marquee. This is in recognition of Drexel’s financial contribution for the new marquee. DEVON remains the name of the theater! Also, the last time I looked, the marquee also reads AVAILABLE. If anyone has further information on the future of the Devon, please share, and thanks!

jgarf
jgarf on March 13, 2014 at 10:30 am

My Company recently acquired the Devon Theater. If anyone is interested please reach out to me directly at JoelEl Capitan Theatermile.net

jgarf
jgarf on March 13, 2014 at 10:35 am

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hdtv267
hdtv267 on March 14, 2014 at 4:35 am

Congratulations and best wishes to you and your company on this acquisition. I had noticed the sale signs were removed from the marquee and was about to post up here and wonder if any one had an update.

Please do keep us informed as to the progress and also what plans your company has that you can share with us as to the venue’s use (movies, live theatre, etc)

TheALAN
TheALAN on May 27, 2014 at 10:11 pm

I guess the Devon can be officially listed as CLOSED now. It doesn’t appear that the new owners are going to reach out with their future plans. Only then might best wishes be in order. Until that time, it’s wait and see!

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