Century Theater

W. Erie Avenue and Marshall Street,
Philadelphia, PA 19140

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Architects: Franz C. Koenig, William Harold Lee

Functions: Drugstore

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The Century Theater

The Century Theater was located on Erie Avenue. It was opened in 1914 and was designed by architect Franz C. Koenig. In 1927 it was renovated to the plans of architect William Harold Lee. In 1928 it was equipped with a Moeller 3 manual 10 ranks organ. I remember as a child seeing the sign “Healthfully Air Conditioned”. It was like a freezer in there!

I remember seeing “The Music Man” there as a child. The Century Theatre was closed in 1983 and it became a church. The building is still standing. The marquee is still there. It is now a drug store.

Contributed by Coasterbear

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atmos on May 2, 2007 at 4:29 am

Opened in 1914 and closed 1983.

kencmcintyre on September 14, 2007 at 6:01 pm

The 1981 motion picture almanac lists the Hirsh Amusement Co. as operators of the Century, Spruce and Art theaters in Philadelphia. Hirsh’s main office was in the Century Theater building, 6th & Erie, Philadelphia.

kencmcintyre on February 6, 2010 at 6:23 pm

If the theater is at Erie & Marshall it would be in the 600 block of E. Erie. The map view looks right at that address:

kencmcintyre on April 3, 2011 at 7:51 pm

So it should be laundromat instead of drug store.

wralston on February 14, 2013 at 4:22 am

When i was yong after the show was over we would clean the theater and the manager would give us a free pass for next week and they sold fresh soft pretzels

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