Felton Theatre

4800 Rising Sun Avenue,
Philadelphia, PA 19120

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Felton Theatre, Philadelphia

Opened in 1919 for Samuel Shapiro, the 1,362-seat Felton Theatre was located in the Feltonville area of Philadelphia on Rising Sun Avenue near Louden Street. In 1925, the Felton Theatre was remodeled by the firm of Magaziner, Eberhard & Harris. By 1941 it was operated by Warner Bros. Circuit Management Corp.

After the theater closed, it was used for many years as a warehouse, but was reborn in the mid-1990’s as the Felton Supper Club, featuring dining, live acts, and dancing. This was closed in June 2011. By 2015 it had been converted into a church.

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kencmcintyre on August 15, 2009 at 6:40 am

Here is an interior photo from the Irviin Glazer theater collection:

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Silicon Sam on August 15, 2009 at 7:13 am

They had a concert there last night. Here’s an article dated last month.

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RichardCWolfe on August 15, 2009 at 5:16 pm

Please note that the interior photograph posted on Aug. 15th by ken mc is not the Felton theatre. This same photo was incorrectly posted as the Felton many many years ago in The Consol magazine. The Felton was built on a long triangular lot with the stage at the narrow southern end. It made for a long pie shaped auditorium with the stage at the point.

If you look in Irv Glazer’s book “Philadelphia Theatres” on page 41, there is both an exterior and an interior photo of the Felton. When looking at that interior, you can see how well it takes advantage of the shape of the lot.

kencmcintyre on August 15, 2009 at 5:24 pm

Thanks for the clarification. I suppose we don’t know to which theater that interior belongs, conversely.

kencmcintyre on August 15, 2009 at 5:34 pm

Not really. That photo was on the Felton page on the PAB site. I am curious to know where it belongs, though.

kencmcintyre on August 15, 2009 at 5:37 pm

I agree, but when youy say I copied the wrong photo, you imply there was some error on my part. Not the case.

0123456789 on December 7, 2010 at 4:59 pm

this is a very small theatre.

RickB on May 24, 2011 at 2:51 pm

The future of the “supper club” operation in the former theater is questionable after nine people were shot in the parking lot last weekend; Philadelphia’s mayor wants to shut it down. Philadelphia Inquirer story here.

RickB on June 17, 2011 at 4:41 am

Shut down for a year by the city. Philadelphia Inquirer story at http://www.philly.com/philly/news/local/20110617_Troubled_Feltonville_nightclub_will_stay_closed_for_a_year.html

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