Lane Theatre

N. Broad Street and 67th Avenue,
Philadelphia, PA 19126

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Previously operated by: Warner Bros. Circuit Management Corp.

Architects: David Supowitz

Functions: Church

Styles: Streamline Moderne

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ex-Lane Theatre, Philadelphia

Opened November 9, 1938, the Lane Theatre, located at Broad Street and 67th Avenue, was designed by David Supowitz in Art Moderne style. It could seat 607. After the Lane Theatre closed as a movie theater (screening adult movies) in March 1975, it became a church. From 1982 to 1991 it was a Datsun car dealership. From 1993 to2019 it was home to a church.

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veyoung52 on February 9, 2006 at 6:28 am

Many long, long runs here including the premiere engagement of “David and Lisa,” and the French suspense classic “Diabolique.”

shoeshoe14 on July 9, 2007 at 4:23 pm

This theatre was mentioned on a DVD of the Dick Cavett Show. Lots of theatres were named in the golden age of theatres.

HowardBHaas on February 16, 2009 at 12:08 pm

Box Office November 12, 1938 describes opening festivities for this new Warner Bros theater last Wednesday: A four and a half mile run from North Broad Street’s Uptown Theatre, a parade of military & school bands of Oak Lane preceded speeches, and speeches including that of Mayor S. Davis Wilson.

zzppf on May 20, 2009 at 2:05 pm

Played an eclectic mix on films in the 60"s. “A Funny thing Happened on the Way To Forum” played there first run, I believe the only location in the city.
Also Joanna very quirky mod sex comedy directed by Michael Sarne who got Myra Breckenridge
based on Joanna’s success.

kencmcintyre on August 15, 2009 at 6:56 am

Here is a larger version of the photo posted on 3/2/05:

kencmcintyre on January 20, 2010 at 10:42 pm

Here is an April 1975 photo from Temple U:

calcynic on October 17, 2010 at 9:44 am

Went there once and got jumped. Never went back.

Mikeoaklandpark on November 19, 2012 at 8:57 am

Above information needs to be corrected. This theater was a Datsun car dealership at least through 1983. I am not sure when the church moved in.

rivest266 on October 8, 2016 at 9:17 am

This opened on November 9th, 1938. Its grand opening ad in photo section

RickB on June 2, 2020 at 6:52 pm

6700 North Broad Street’s later chronology through Inquirer ads: the Lane’s adult operation as late as March 1975; a single mention of “The Church of the Beloved Community,” holding a funeral in 1977; auto dealers (Datsun/Nissan overlapping with a Dodge franchise) from 1982 to 1991; Pilgrim Wesleyan Church shows up 1993-2019, mostly in lists of polling places.

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