Astor Theatre

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

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klouis on January 20, 2015 at 6:59 pm

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.

RickB on February 11, 2013 at 2:13 am

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.

kencmcintyre on May 7, 2009 at 4:14 pm

The 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.

shoeshoe14 on July 9, 2007 at 1:36 pm

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