Venice Theatre

1727 Snyder Avenue,
Philadelphia, PA 19145

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Functions: Office Space

Previous Names: Becker Theatre

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Opened as the Becker Theatre in 1919 with a seating capacity of 499. By 1926 it had been enlarged to 700-seats. It became the Venice Theatre by 1931 and around 1935 it was remodeled in an Art Deco style and the seating capacity was reduced to 500. It closed as motion picture theatre in 1952. Around 1954 it was converted into a catering hall. In 1975 it was acquired by Venice Plaza Inc. and operated as a banquet hall.

In 2021, the building was redone to be open office spaces. Philadelphia artist Hannah Taylor painted on the fa├žade a mural of silent film actress Theda Bara as a nod to the movie theatre heritage.

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kencmcintyre on June 22, 2008 at 2:04 am

They may have removed some of the detail from the front after the theater closed. It’s just a plain box with a marquee in front.

kencmcintyre on June 22, 2008 at 2:35 am

Check out the Google map.

jflundy on January 23, 2011 at 10:22 pm

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The Venice Plaza marquee 1956 with trolley masking lower part.

TheALAN on October 3, 2014 at 3:47 pm

Today, the marquee is gone and plywood covers much of the facade. Most of its doors and windows have been bricked up and and its current use, except for haphazard storage, is vague at best!

JayFarrell on December 13, 2019 at 3:31 am

From what I see in a zoning/building permit archive file, it appears the conversion to catering hall occured c. 1954.

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