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 façade 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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raymondgordonsears on December 12, 2006 at 1:32 am

TheaterBuff1: You take all the FUN out of reading these reports. I was in the theatre business in its hay day. When theatres were theatres not boxes. Those days are gone and today is today. Ref. the Pearl, once again just call the theatre and find out. As for me I WILL NOT be reading reports headed by TheaterBuff1. That’s my reality check. rg

HowardBHaas on December 12, 2006 at 6:06 am

Reality is that theaters advertise digital projection. Below is from Fandago, for (Regal) United Artists King of Prussia, from googling-

11:45am I 2:15 I 4:45 I 7:15 I 9:40

Deja Vu
PG-13 • 2 hr. 8 min.

Click on RED SHOWTIMES to Buy Tickets
DLP (Digital Projection) Showtimes More Info >
1:10 I 4:10 I 7:25 I 10:35

Theaterbuff can copy & paste the 1st time the Pearl does the same, if the Pearl has digital movie projectors!

TheaterBuff1 on December 13, 2006 at 9:09 pm

It just so happens that Deja Vu was the first movie shown at the all new Pearl, while we know from the info Mr. Haas has provided us with that this movie was released in digital cinema format. That doesn’t prove that the new Pearl has digital projection, of course, but it does present the possibility. Meantime, I’m awaiting to hear back confirmation that the Pearl has digital projection, and when I get confirmation — either way — I’ll post it here.

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 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 on December 19, 2006 at 5:34 pm


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 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:

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 on February 2, 2010 at 9:38 pm

Here is an August 1976 photo from Temple U:

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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