Xtassy Theatre

5231 Frankford Avenue,
Philadelphia, PA 19124

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

Architects: William Harold Lee

Functions: Retail

Styles: French Renaissance

Previous Names: Forum Theatre, Ellis Theatre

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The Front Facade and Foyer of Forum/Ellis Theatre, as of 2012

The Forum Theatre opened June 25, 1928 for motion pictures and stage shows. The marquee was decorated with neon glass tubes in orange and blue. The theatre was 92' x 319' and all seating was on the main floor. It had a Kilgen 3 manual 9 ranks organ which had its console on an elevator, a large orchestra pit and a fully equipped stage. In the 1940’s, the Forum Theatre is listed as being operated by Stanley-Warner.

By 1957 it had been re-named Ellis Theatre and was operated by the A.M. Ellis Theaters Co. chain. By the 1970’s it was showing X-rated movies as the Xtassy Theatre, closing in the late-1970’s to be subsequently demolished. The fa├žade and foyer were saved and are in use as a liquor store.

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Recent comments (view all 22 comments)

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on June 23, 2010 at 2:54 pm

“Glamor Treatment for Neighborhood House"
Article with photos in Boxoffice magazine, April 7, 1956:
View link

EricOlsen on July 7, 2010 at 5:35 am

Gerald – the link doesn’t work.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on July 7, 2010 at 5:43 am

That’s because Boxoffice magazine has just completely screwed up its website and most of its back issues are no longer available. Sad. The link worked up to a few days ago.

EricOlsen on July 7, 2010 at 7:03 am

damn! I am looking for pics of the Ellis Theatre inside and out to put on facebook. I have one from 1956 but thats it.

TheALAN on November 2, 2011 at 11:18 pm

Gerald – I guess we can forget this link. It still doesn’t work and it doesn’t look like Boxoffice nagazine is going to fix it. That’s too bad but thank’s anyway!

TheALAN on November 28, 2014 at 6:53 pm

The link is working again — thanks!

rivest266 on October 7, 2016 at 4:03 pm

June 24th, 1928 grand opening ad as a live theatre in the photo section.

rivest266 on December 20, 2020 at 11:22 am

Reopened as the Ellis theatre on June 30th, 1955. Another ad posted.

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