Drexel North Theatre
4250 N. High Street,
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Previously operated by: Academy Operating Co.
Firms: F & Y Building Service
Styles: Streamline Moderne
Previous Names: Beechwold Theatre, Camelot North Theatre
The Beechwold Theatre was an 800 seat single screen theatre. It opened on February 14, 1941 with Alice Faye in “Tin Pan Alley”. It was remodeled to become the Camelot North Theatre in 1972, and became the Drexel North Theatre in 1986. It closed in the spring of 1995 after 54 years of movies.
During its final years it was operating without a lease. Basically, the people who owned the property decided they wanted to sell the building, and the Drexel could not afford to buy it. Until the owners could find a buyer, the Drexel was permitted to lease the building on a month-to-month basis. Very few developers were interested in the property, and the theatre’s miserable condition was enough to frighten most of them.
However, Revco Drugstores eventually purchased the building at an estimated price of $250,000. Upon acquiring the property, Revco quickly terminated the Drexel North’s monthly lease and instructed the theatre to close.
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