Pearl Theatre

2047 Ridge Avenue,
Philadelphia, PA 19121

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

Photo of the Pearl in the day uploaded.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on February 3, 2010 at 5:38 am

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

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 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

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.