Fans Theatre

4032 Market Street,
Philadelphia, PA 19104

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Fans Theatre

The Knickerbocker Theatre opened August 31, 1914, and stood on Market Street near Preston Street. The theater was designed by William H. Lee and could seat over 1,800. In 1919, the theatre was renamed the Fays Theatre, which it remained until 1948, when it received another new, albeit fairly similar (and unusual) name, the Fans Theatre. The Fans Theatre closed in 1963 and was demolished a year later.

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Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on July 15, 2005 at 1:31 pm

In 1919 Mr. Edward M. Fay bought the Knickerbocker Theatre and gave it his name. He was also associated with a group of theatres he owned in Providence, Rhode Island, where he was born. One of them, Fays Theatre, also bore his name and was a famous vaudeville house in that city. He had also managed the National Theatre in Rochester and acquired the McKinley Square Theater in Manhattan. This information comes from a biographical entry for Fay in the volume Rhode Island – Three Centuries of Democracy.

kencmcintyre on May 8, 2009 at 2:44 pm

I’m trying to place this theater at 40th and Market, photo is from 1949. It looks like it says “Ericka” on the marquee. If you recognize it let me know.

rivest266 on October 8, 2016 at 12:13 pm

August 23rd, 1914 grand opening ad in the photo section. It opened on the 31st.

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