4739 Frankford Avenue,
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Previously operated by: Paramount Pictures Inc.
Firms: Hodgens & Hill
Styles: Italian Renaissance
The Roosevelt Theatre opened in September 1926 on Frankford Avenue near Oxford Avenue, on the same block as the Frankford Theatre. The Roosevelt Theatre could seat 1,901, all on a single floor, and was designed by the firm of Hodgens & Hill (who also designed the Frankford Theatre and a number of other theatres around Philadelphia). The proscenium was 49ft wide. It was equipped with a Hope-Jones Wurlitzer 3 manual organ. Initially operated by the Freihofer chain, but soon after opening it was taken over by Paramount Pictures Inc. through their subsidiary Quaker Theaters Corp. The Roosevelt Theatre closed in 1962. It was gutted and converted into office & retail use, which had closed by 2014.
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