President Theatre

2308 Snyder Avenue,
Philadelphia, PA 19145

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Herstory47
Herstory47 on July 26, 2011 at 1:56 am

As I recall, Tuesday night was Ladies Night and they had a double feature of tear jerkers:)

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on March 12, 2007 at 4:24 pm

In 1961, the phone number was Dewey 4-6000.

lotoole3
lotoole3 on January 31, 2006 at 2:51 pm

Recent aerial photo of the building, showing the facade, can be seen here:

http://lawrenceotoole.com/images/president.jpg

lotoole3
lotoole3 on January 31, 2006 at 2:48 pm

Currently called Addeo’s President Banquet Room, and still in operation (I believe).

The theater was “restored” to it’s former glory to play a major role in the 1995 movie “Two Bits”, starring Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio and Al Pacino. The story takes place on a hot summer day in 1933 South Philly, where 12-year old Gennaro lives with his widowed mom and his ailing grandpa, who sits outside holding tight to his last quarter, promised to Gennaro, which Gennaro would like to have to buy a ticket to the new local movie theater.

More movie info here: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0114753/

That theater is the President, and was called the President in the movie. There were many shots of the exterior, recreated wonderfully to a period-correct look – though I’m not sure how true it was to the original. The building facade looks to be in good shape today due to the movie’s recreation efforts.