342-350 Northampton Street,
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Architects: William Harold Lee
Previous Names: Abel Opera House, Jewel Theatre
The Abel Opera House was opened in the 1890’s. In 1907, John A. Schwalm and C.S. Rothleder opened the Jewel Theatre ‘inside’ the Abel Opera House. It was the largest theatre in the area with over 1,000 seats and played Keith’s Vaudeville. It suffered a fire in 1924 and another fire in 1926 when it was operated by Wilmer & Vincent Corp.. In 1927 it was redesigned by architect William Harold Lee and was converted into a movie theatre, renamed Embassy Theatre. The Embassy Theatre was closed in May 1966.
My mother used to point out the old Siegals Department Store building on Northampton Street in Easton and say it was once the Embassy Theatre and she went to movies there in the 1950’s.
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