Devon Theater for the Performing Arts

6333 Frankford Avenue,
Philadelphia, PA 19135

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TheALAN on June 17, 2015 at 3:29 pm

For further details about the Devon Theater, please see —– MAYFAIR CIVIC ASSOCIATION: Timeline: Devon Zoning from President Donny Smith (Wednesday, June 3, 2015)

TheALAN on June 15, 2015 at 12:31 am

It’s been 15-months since Joel told us his company aquired the Devon Theater. In those 15-months, not a peep! Thanks Joel for keeping us informed!

Now we have learned that a church — Kingdom Life Christian Center — has bought the former Devon Theater property. Not sure if that includes the adjoining six stores.

A proposal is now before the Zoning Board of Adjustment for a church, daycare center, and a food bank. What comes next, a drug and alcohol rehab center?

It appears the church group bought the theater before it sought any input from the community. It’s like closing the barn door after the horse gets out!

When representatives from the Mayfair Civic Association approached the church group about community useage of the building, they were refused, saying the church deemed it excessive.

There doesn’t seem to be any room for compromise!

HowardBHaas on June 12, 2015 at 5:52 pm

HowardBHaas on June 4, 2015 at 10:56 am

I just received a robocall about a community meeting re a church’s planned reuse of the Devon Theatre.

Lakeshag on February 6, 2015 at 1:28 pm

I am interested in finding out who is the owner of the Devon Theater…Is the this theater still for sale? I am very interested in any information or leads anyone may have… my email address is Thanks.

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!

jgarf on March 13, 2014 at 10:35 am

Sorry it does not look like my email went through properly. Try my other email at

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

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!

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!

JohnMessick on May 25, 2012 at 3:25 am

Wonder how much state tax money went into this project.

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?

kencmcintyre on November 30, 2009 at 10:39 pm

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

kencmcintyre on August 12, 2009 at 12:52 am

Here is a photo from the Irvin Glazer theater collection:

RickB on March 22, 2009 at 9:07 pm

Philadelphia Inquirer story on the reopening here.

jackferry on March 1, 2009 at 11:37 am

Thought that might be the case, Howard. I searched all over for the January 3 issue and couldn’t find it. The old issues of BoxOffice found on are really interesting. One more thing that I can spend far too long doing.

HowardBHaas on February 25, 2009 at 12:41 pm

Jack, it DOES appear in the January 3 issue. It also appears in your link. It is an ad. Your link’s text is clearer, so thanks.

jackferry on February 25, 2009 at 12:29 pm

Thanks, Howard. I think the date issue date is actually January 31, 1948 and it’s page 145. Here’s the link I used: View link

When I worked at the Mayfair in the late 70s/early 80s they had a subscription to BoxOffice magazine and I loved reading it. I didn’t realize it went back so long.

HowardBHaas on February 25, 2009 at 9:36 am

If you google exactly “Boxoffice January 3, 1948” and then enter 104 in the page box, you will see a photo of the Devon auditorium facing Proscenium (curtained screen).

jackferry on January 21, 2009 at 9:49 pm

The Grand Opening has been announced and set for March 27, 2009! Here’s the official new release:

PHILADELPHIA, PA, JANUARY 21, 2009 – “The Mayfair Community Development Corporations Chairman of the Board Reese Hartey, Officers, Board of Directors, and staff in association with operating partner Fuse Management Inc., is proud to announce the long awaited and much anticipated Grand Opening of the DEVON Theater for Performing Arts, slated for Friday, March 27th 2009. The invitation only black tie gala will begin with a Red Carpet Open House from 6:00-7:00 P.M., followed by speeches from esteemed guests and entertainment hosted by CBS 3 anchor Pat Ciarrocchi from 7:00-9:00 P.M. The evening will conclude with a Theater Party from 9:00-11:00 for those in attendance. The Devon Theater for the Performing Arts is located at 6333 Frankford Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19135-3033.

Following the Grand Opening Gala, the DEVON is opening its doors to the public on Saturday, March 28th with the hit comedy musical “Nunsense,” quoted by the New York Times as “A hail of fun and frolic like the holy mother church, Nunsense is a bona fide institution.”

“Nunsense” is the first of many local professional theatrical productions in the works for the DEVON. In addition to in-house theatrical productions the Devon will also present concerts, comedians, family attractions, dance, educational programs, as well as provide the theatre for rent to businesses, community groups, families, promoters, and faith based organizations. “We believe the community is the heartbeat of this theater and will engage them not only as patrons but also participants in as many ways as imaginable,” says Artistic Director, Michael Pickering.

The DEVON Revitalization Project is the result of passionate dedication from the Mayfair CDC and numerous individuals and organizations that have worked tirelessly on behalf of the community of Mayfair. Special recognition and appreciation to State Representative John Perzel, Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz, State Senator Tina Tartaglione, and Councilwoman Joan Krajewski who’s combined vision sparked the Devon Revitalization Project. Special Thanks to Governor Edward G. Rendell and the State of Pennsylvania along with Mayor Michael Nutter and the City of Philadelphia who have generously given their passion and support to the project. Continuous support from State Representative Michael McGeehan, State Senator Michael Stack, and the Philadelphia Building and Construction Trades, has all combined for the completion of a very exciting and dynamic project.

“With the City in economic crisis it will be a tremendous positive to see the DEVON Revitalization Project completed, and new life blown into the Mayfair business corridor along Frankford Avenue. The Mayfair CDC has fought long and hard to make this dream a reality in the Northeast and their persistence has paid off. A project of this size would have taken most organizations 10 or 20 years to complete what the MCDC has done in 4 years. I am a proud supporter of the MCDC and of this tremendous project.” Quoted Councilwoman Joan Krajewski.

“The creation of jobs, the revitalization of a business corridor, and the infusion of art into the community, who could ask for more?” said State Representative John Perzel. “I have proudly stood by and supported Reese Hartey and the Mayfair CDC since day one of this project, and am excited to have something of this magnitude happening in our community. They have had a tremendous impact on both the commercial and residential sections of Mayfair and are to be commended for their constant example of community leadership.”

Thalheimer & Weitz, who were part of the team that designed City Hall and the Philadelphia Bourse, originally built the Devon in 1946 to serve the community as a movie theater. The DEVON is now a state-of-the-art 400 seat live performing arts center and will fulfill the need for an arts and entertainment venue in the Mayfair community and surrounding region.

For more information, Contact: Michael Pickering / Artistic Director
Devon Theater for the Performing Arts
6333 Frankford Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19135-3033
646-275-9505 direct
215-338-6300 office
215-338-6302 fax

EdZ on September 7, 2008 at 10:04 pm

I attended the Devon when it was first built.
I was wondering if anyone else out there was around at that time.
I remember Ed, Bill, Mary, Chickie, Norman Jean, Peggy, Ray, Joan, and others who grew up around Levick and Erdrick Sts.
Memories are great.!

jackferry on September 6, 2008 at 7:46 pm

Anyone hear anything lately about the status of the Devon project?

TheaterBuff1 on June 25, 2008 at 12:38 am

Jack, of the two of us, I’m not the one with feathers, in reference to speaking the truth about the Devon, which, if I’m not mistaken, is a Cinema Treasures' topic. So was that another Freudian slip on your part or what? You know things about this that you’re not telling, while I’d be curious to know if you know what Rich Costello’s position on it is, he being the former Philadelphia F.O.P. president who’s going to be running against Perzel in the fall (2008 — my making a special point to give the date in this instance as I’m sure we’ll be having this same discussion 100 years from now, “Anything new on the Devon?”)

Meantime, it seems odd to me that Drexel University, which is in a whole other universe, is sponsoring the Devon’s alleged restoration.

But then, what isn’t odd in this particular Cinema Treasures' story? We could go on to say that Ho Chi Minh XIII plans to emcee the opening ceremonies in 2135, of course. To which we could all say, “Why yes! Of course!” That’s how odd this whole Devon Theatre story is.

kencmcintyre on June 24, 2008 at 3:04 pm

Given that the marquee was sponsored by my alma mater, I now understand the sloth.