5526 Germantown Avenue,
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Previous Names: Nixon's Colonial Theatre
Located in the Germantown section of North Philadelphia. The Nixon’s Colonial Theatre was designed by Thomas W. Lamb and was built in 1913, opening December 28, 1913 with Keith vaudeville, headed by Fred Karno’s London Company presenting “A Night in an English Music Hall” and featuring (uncredited) Stan Laurel (Stanley Jefferson). Soon after opening movies were added to the program. In August 1923 it was taken over by Stanley-Warner and by the late-1920 stage shows were only occasionally presented. In 1930 the Colonial Theatre was remodeled by another famous architect, John Eberson. It was equipped with a 3 manual, 20 ranks Kimball organ. The Colonial Theatre was closed on January 22, 1953 with Sterling Hayden in “Flat Top” & Tom Conway in “Confidence Girl”. It was demolished in February 1953.
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