Eureka Theatre

3941 Market Street,
Philadelphia, PA 19104

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dallasmovietheaters on March 4, 2022 at 5:24 pm

Harris & Richards were the original architects who designed the $25,000, 900-seat Eureka Theatre for Eureka Amusement in 1913. It had a brief run beginning in February of 1952 as the Fine Arts Theatre until September 8, 1952. It had some additional bookings as the Eureka closing at the end of a second, 20-year lease and auctioned off. It became a retail furniture store in 1954.

RickB on January 3, 2020 at 5:52 pm

The Eureka’s name was changed to the Fine Arts in April 1952 and the theater adopted a foreign film policy. Apparently this was not successful as advertising for the house stopped in September. The theater was open again in February 1953 (probably four-walled) as a venue for the “sex hygiene” picture “Street Corner.”

RickB on December 23, 2012 at 5:11 am

This page says that the Eureka was converted into a furniture store in the 1950s and gives its address as 3941 Market Street.

RickB on December 23, 2012 at 5:01 am

The Eureka is visible at the top right of this picture from 1949. This was during construction of a subway tunnel to replace the elevated in this area.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 3, 2010 at 5:21 pm

In 1915, The Architectural Record published this article about movie theaters, which included both a photo and a floor plan of the Eureka Theatre, as well as Stearns & Castor’s earlier Victoria Theatre (scroll up from the article title to see the photo of the Eureka, down to see the other illustrations.)