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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RickB
RickB on December 1, 2004 at 4:20 am

In its earlier years the Pearl was a regular stop for leading African-American entertainers on tour. Pearl Bailey is said to have started her career after winning an amateur contest here. The theater must have survived as a movie venue at least into the late ‘60s or early '70s, as it was still advertised in the Inquirer’s (but not the Bulletin’s) neighborhood theater listings.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on February 4, 2008 at 3:56 am

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

spectrum
spectrum on October 18, 2009 at 2:51 am

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 3, 2010 at 5:38 am

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

robboehm
robboehm on April 11, 2015 at 9:56 pm

Photo of the Pearl in the day uploaded.

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