Villa Theater

519 MacDade Boulevard,
Collingdale, PA 19023

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Previously operated by: Stanley-Warner Theatres, Warner Bros. Circuit Management Corp.

Architects: Paul J. Henon, Jr., William H. Hoffman

Firms: Hoffman-Henon Co.

Functions: Storage

Styles: Art Deco

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Former Villa Theatre Collingdale, PA

Opened on October 8 1928 with William Haines in “Telling the World”. The Villa Theatre was in business for only about 10 years. In the 1941 & 1943 editions of Film Daily Yearbook, it is listed as (Closed) under Warner Bros. Circuit Management Corp. Designed in an Art Deco style, the building length takes up an entire block.

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Radioinactive on June 23, 2007 at 10:49 pm

News clipping

Chester Times, Chester, PA
October 09, 1928


Two Thousand Attend Ceremonies at Collingdale Playhouse

More than 2000 people crowded the Villa Theatre, Collingdale, at the opening
ceremonies which were held last night. The theatre which cost approximately $500,000,
is the most modern theatre in the string of pleasure houses that the Bonn-Stanley
Theatre Company have in Delaware county.

Many prominent men of the county took part on the opening exercises.
The spacious aisles of the theatre were crowded and every available space of standing room was put to use to accommodate the theatre goers.

The bugle and drum corps of the Murray Stuart Post of the American Legion opened the
program when they, with a troop of Boy Scouts, marched down the center aisle of the
theatre and placed two American flags on the stage.
Charles Straub, organist played the “Star Spangled Banner” while the troops were
marching to the stage. Lee Harvey, manager of the new theatre introduced the speakers of the evening.

W. Howard Kirkpatrick, burgess of Collingdale, made a speech of acceptance,
of the theatre “on behalf of the borough. He also spoke of the beauty architecture and
accommodations of the now pleasure home.

District Attorney William J. MacCarter, Jr. dealt with the modern features of the new theatre and congratulated the borough on their acquisition.

Marcus Benn, who is associated with the Stanley Company, described the theatre from the first day of the starting of the building until the present. He outlined the course of
events during the erection and the features that the new theatre offers the public.

The theatre is constructed in the French modernistic style of the Sixteenth century, the first of its kind. There are three spacious aisles with ample exits. The floors are heavily
carpeted and the walls are decorated with the finest drapery.

A marble stairway leads from the orchestra floor to the second floor. Retiring rooms for the ladies and men and a lounging room are in the front of the second floor.

kencmcintyre on August 11, 2009 at 1:06 am

Here is a larger version of one of the 6/22/07 photos:

miragirl on August 20, 2013 at 2:01 am

The 10 black & white photos are from the Irving Glazer collection.

dallasmovietheaters on February 25, 2022 at 4:49 pm

The Villa Theater opened October 8, 1928 by the Stanley-Benn Theatre Circuit. The $500,000 theatre opened with William Haines in “Telling the World” with a capacity of 1,000

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