7137 Germantown Avenue,
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Quintessence Theatre Group (Official)
Previously operated by: Warner Bros. Circuit Management Corp.
Architects: William Harold Lee
Functions: Live Theatre
Styles: Art Deco
Previous Names: Sedgwick Cultural Center
News About This Theater
- Nov 1, 2006 — Films at the Sedgwick takes Baby Steps
Designed by prolific Pennsylvania theatre architect William H. Lee and opened October 8, 1928 with Dolores Costello in “Glorious Betsy”. The 1,636 seat Sedgwick Theatre was named after the first name of the developer’s son, who was Sedgwick Tourison. It is located in the Mount Airy area of Philadelphia, on Germantown Avenue. It was equipped with a 2 manual Moller theatre organ. By 1941 it was operated by Warner Bros. Circuit Management Corp. It remained in operation until 1966. The Sedgwick Theatre was afterward used as a warehouse for many years.
Since 1996, the theatre has been home to the Sedgwick Cultural Center, a showplace for the Mount Airy community, featuring a wide variety of activities, such as music, fine arts, children’s programs, film and many other events. It is now used as a live theatre by the Quintessence Theatre Group.
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