Holiday Art Theatre

4204 Kensington Avenue,
Philadelphia, PA 19124

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Architects: William Harold Lee

Functions: Daycare Center

Styles: Streamline Moderne

Previous Names: Windsor Theatre, Ace Theatre, Holiday Theatre

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One of the last adult theaters to operate, and apparently the last vintage single-screen neighborhood theater in Philadelphia showing anything cinematic. The Holiday Art was an adult theater since at least 1963; in the 1960’s and 1970’s it was booked day-and-date with the Abbe Art Cinema (Cedar Theatre) in West Philadelphia and the Walton Art in East Germantown.

The Holiday Art Theatre closed in 2007.

Contributed by RickB

Recent comments (view all 18 comments)

TheaterBuff1 on January 4, 2008 at 12:44 am

I can’t stop with the Taliban remarks when they happen to be right on the money. For we do have those with a Taliban-like mindset coming hard at Philadelphia right now, and all that’s missing is for somebody to come right out and say it, except that I have. And I fully stand by it. And seriously, Gil, we have to wake up from this blindness we’re showing towards it and face up to that. OR….to use the term “garbage” where it’s appropriate and fitting, we WILL all end up being just that. And it’s already happening.

Look at where the Mayfair Theatre used to be, or the Orleans Theatre, the Crest, the Tyson, etc. With those once beautiful theaters stupidly cast aside by those with the Taliban-mentality, and where their surrounding neighborhoods have been moved into by people who support that Taliban-mentality (such as you perhaps?), well, there’s your garbage, my friend. And don’t blame me for that. If you’re going to use the term “garbage,” please apply it where it’s fitting.

raymondgordonsears on January 4, 2008 at 5:55 pm

You just don’t get. rg

HowardBHaas on June 13, 2008 at 10:36 am

Someone has told me today,
There is a dumpster outside of the Art Holiday filled with seats this week……

TheALAN on December 23, 2013 at 12:11 am

The Holiday Art is for rent. TheaterBuff1 should rent it before the Taliban does. He could call it the Windsor again and screen first-run films. Just imagine, a first-run theatre in East Frankford. Go for it Buff!

TheALAN on January 24, 2016 at 8:36 pm

The Holiday Art Theatre has been shuttered for at least 8-½ years now. FOR RENT signs (@ $1200) still hang from its marquee, although there doesn’t seem to be any interest! Things are far from perfect in East Frankford, but they’re a 100% better since the dirty movie closed!

rivest266 on October 8, 2016 at 8:38 am

This opened as an art theatre that shown uncensored movies called Aart Holiday on November 8th, 1959. By 1960 it appeared on the listings as Art Holiday until it closed. Ad in the photo section.

rivest266 on October 8, 2016 at 8:40 am

Articles: *


spectrum on August 18, 2022 at 8:40 pm

A 2021 Google street view shows that the theatre building is now home to “Someone’s Brilliant Performing Arts LLC”.

m00se1111 on August 19, 2022 at 2:15 am

an even further internet search (imagine that !) lists the building now as a preschool/daycare center.

Given what the building formerly was, I hope that irony isn’t lost on anyone.

One of the programs hosted there is ‘little minds, big dreams’ and they give a phone number of 215-292-3915

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