Orient Theatre

6149 Woodland Avenue,
Philadelphia, PA 19142

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ORIENT Theatre, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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The Orient Theatre originally opened in 1915, designed by architect Charles E. Futcher. In 1919, the firm of Hoffman & Henon was hired to remodel the Orient Theatre. The theatre could seat over 600 and stood on Woodland Avenue near 61st Street.

Around the 1930’s or 1940’s, the theatre received a new Art Moderne facelift, including a new facade, with a triangular marquee, with the name “Orient” above each side. By then it was operated by Warner Bros. Circuit Management Corp. The Orient Theatre closed in 1954.

An electrical supply store is at this address today, but I am unsure whether or not it is housed in the former Orient Theatre or it is a new building. Any additional information on this theatre would be appreciated.

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 1, 2005 at 10:57 pm

A Kimball organ Size 2/6 was installed in the Orient Theater in 1920.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on February 4, 2008 at 3:44 am

Here is a 1945 photo from the Philadelphia Architects & Buildings site. The photo is from the Irvin Glazer collection:
http://tinyurl.com/yr5sjr

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on February 4, 2008 at 3:52 am

If one of the titles is Junior Miss with Peggy Ann Garner, that was released in June of 1945.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on February 4, 2008 at 3:57 am

Junior Miss, plus I Married a Bandleader.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on February 4, 2008 at 3:58 am

Correction, I Love a Bandleader.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on February 4, 2008 at 4:03 am

I Love a Bandleader with Phil Harris was released in September of 1945.

HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on May 3, 2009 at 4:31 pm

25 July 1953 Box Office stated it was to be converted into a farmers market.

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