Frankford Theatre

4711-15 Frankford Avenue,
Philadelphia, PA 19124

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Previously operated by: Paramount Pictures Inc.

Architects: John D. Allen, Paul J. Henon, Jr., Albert Douglas Hill, Harvey Childs Hodgens, William H. Hoffman

Firms: Hodgens & Hill, Hoffman-Henon Co.

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Frankford Theatre

The Frankford Theatre, located on Frankford Avenue, opened with vaudeville on the stage in early-1914 with 1,595-seats. In 1916 it was equipped with a Wurlitzer 2 manual 7 ranks organ located in the orchestra pit. It was designed by John D. Allen. In 1924, the firm of Hoffman-Henon Co. were hired to modernize the theatre. Further remodeling was done on the Frankford Theatre two years later by the firm of Hodgens & Hill. By the 1940’s it was operated by Paramount pictures Inc. through their subsidiary Quaker Theaters Corp. The theatre operated into the mid-1950’s, and was razed around 1960.

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iobdennis on March 16, 2006 at 7:18 am

One of the places I used to go to every Halloween. As a kid growing up in the K&A area of Philadelphia in the late 40s, I would go there to see “Frankenstein” or “Dracula”—usually “Frankenstein” every Halloween. I remember the theater had a balcony, and the frong of the theater was right on the street, the doors were all mirrored, as I recall.

kencmcintyre on December 20, 2007 at 9:45 pm

Here is a photo when the Frankford was an auto repair shop:

TheALAN on December 21, 2013 at 10:05 pm

Does anyone have a photo of the Frankford’s fa├žade when it was still a theatre? Please share.

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