Pearl Theatre

2047 Ridge Avenue,
Philadelphia, PA 19121

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Pearl Theater

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The Pearl Theatre was built and opened in 1927. The general contractor was Joseph K. Lang. In March, 1951 it was operated by W. & R Theatre Enterprises and the Reo Amusement Company of Philadelphia.

The Pearl Theatre closed in 1963 and, according to PAB, was demolished after 1970. A photograph from the Philadelphia Evening Bulletin, dated August 15, 1976, shows the fa├žade of the Pearl Theatre still intact but describes the theatre as abandoned. Today the site is a green oasis, lined with trees.

Contributed by Lost Memory, Alan Kraus

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HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on December 14, 2006 at 1:26 am

That movie is one of 8 movies now at the Pearl. It is also being shown in many other Philadelphia area theaters. Like the Pearl, most aren’t showing it in digital projection. Newspapers aren’t always accurate.

TheaterBuff1
TheaterBuff1 on December 14, 2006 at 7:22 pm

Reality check:

rg, when you say the all new Pearl is a “very plan looking theatre,” do you mean “plain” rather than “plan,” that is, that it’s a very “plain” looking theater, or that it’s a very well “planned” out looking theater? For in the one or two photos I’ve seen of it so far it looks to me like it’s very well planned out and hardly plain. So if you could just please clarify I’d very much appreciate it. Thanks!

TheaterBuff1
TheaterBuff1 on December 19, 2006 at 5:34 pm

ANNOUNCEMENT:

Sorry about the long delay, everyone, but I just received confirtmation today, Dec. 19, 2006 — a bit to my disappointment and I’m sure to Mr. Haas’s and everyone else’s as well — that the all new Pearl Theatre, named in honor of the former, does not have digital projection. Apparently the Philadelphia Inquirer was given not quite correct information in the excitement of the theater’s newness, digital projection having been confused with digital sound, which the all new Pearl Theatre does have. So in terms of a Philadelphia first, having digital projection still remains open.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on February 3, 2008 at 7:56 pm

Here is an expanded view of one of the PAB thumbnails posted by Lost Memory on 11/30/04. The photo is from the Irvin Glazer collection:
http://tinyurl.com/23s5od

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on February 23, 2009 at 12:32 pm

This is a circa 1942 photo of the Pearl Theater.

spectrum
spectrum on October 17, 2009 at 6:51 pm

From the aeriel google photos it looks like the Pearl theatre (the original one) has been razed – just an empty lot now.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on February 2, 2010 at 9:38 pm

Here is an August 1976 photo from Temple U:
http://tinyurl.com/ykfqf6u

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on July 7, 2012 at 8:58 am

Auditorium featured in this 1951 trade journal: boxoffice

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on January 19, 2013 at 8:52 am

The Pearl is listed in the 1942 Film Daily Year Book as one of eleven “Negro Theaters” in the Philadelphia area at that time. The others were the Dixie, Nixon Grand, Royal, Joy, Douglas, Strand, New Garden, Standard, Rex, and Globe. I’ve posted a 1942 view of the Pearl in the Photos Section.

TheALAN
TheALAN on March 29, 2014 at 9:13 pm

TheaterBluff1 not only muddies the water, he causes an entire mud slide.

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