Astor Theatre

722-728 W. Girard Avenue,
Philadelphia, PA 19123

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 ASTOR Theatre, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1940

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The Germantown Theatre was built in 1905 as a legitimate playhouse on the corner of W. Girard Avenue at N. Franklin Street. In later years it operated as the American Theatre, Astor Theatre and Lyric Theatre and presented Yiddish plays. It ended its days as a movie theatre, and was was demolished.

In it place rose this late John Eberson-designed theatre opened in 1940 as the Astor Theatre, operated by Warner Brothers. The theatre could seat 1,422, all on a single level. Interior decorations were carried out by Rambusch Inc. The Astor Theatre closed in the 1960’s and was razed in 1989.

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shoeshoe14
shoeshoe14 on July 10, 2007 at 12:36 am

Was mentioned by Bob Hope on the Dick Cavett Show DVD.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on May 8, 2009 at 3:14 am

The phillyhistory.org site places this 1961 photo at N. 7th and Girard. It looks like there is a Girard Theater at that spot, but it’s hard to tell exactly.
http://tinyurl.com/qa76zt

RickB
RickB on February 11, 2013 at 12:13 pm

If memory serves, a cartoon version of the Astor showed up in an animated Bill Cosby special in the ‘70s. Bill and friends had to go under the terrifying Ninth Street Bridge to get home after watching a movie there. I think the cartoon Astor looked reasonably like the picture shown here, with the name at a point up at the top.

klouis
klouis on January 21, 2015 at 4:59 am

To kencmcintyre, The Girard theater was in the 600 blk of Girard Ave on the north side of the street and the Astor was in the 700 blk of Girard Ave on the south side of the street. To RickB, I remember going to the Astor with my brother at the age of 9 or 10, and it was scary going under the 9th St bridge. It was so dark even during the day. And the stories about the green/turtle lady hiding under it added to the terror.

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