Devon Theater for the Performing Arts

6333 Frankford Avenue,
Philadelphia, PA 19135

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Architects: Clarence Stern Thalheimer, David Daniel Weitz

Firms: Thalheimer & Weitz

Styles: Streamline Moderne

Previous Names: Devon Theater

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The Devon in 2009

Located in the Mayfair district of Philadelphia. Designed in late-Streamline Moderne style by the architectural firm of Thalheimer & Weitz, the Devon Theatre opened in 1946 with 878 seats, all on a single floor. A feature of the auditorium were large mural plaques midway on the side-walls over emergency exits, which depict Classical female figures with movie camera and the ‘Oscar’ statue. The plaques were back-lit.

The Devon Theater ran first run movies, then went to second run and this led to screening porn in the 1970’s. It went back to second run films and then briefly screened ‘Classic’ movies, but this venture failed and it was closed in 2000.

After a few years of lying dormant, it was renovated for use as a performing arts center. The Devon Theater for the Peforming Arts opened on March 27, 2009. It was closed in January 2011.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

Recent comments (view all 106 comments)

JohnMessick on May 25, 2012 at 4:25 am

Wonder how much state tax money went into this project.

TheALAN on December 15, 2013 at 7:49 am

The answer to Howard’s question is yes, the Devon Theater for the Performing Arts is closed. As for the marquee confusion – MARQUEE SPONSORED BY DREXEL UNIVERSIY – appears on the bottom right corner of each of the three faces of the marquee. This is in recognition of Drexel’s financial contribution for the new marquee. DEVON remains the name of the theater! Also, the last time I looked, the marquee also reads AVAILABLE. If anyone has further information on the future of the Devon, please share, and thanks!

jgarf on March 13, 2014 at 11:30 am

My Company recently acquired the Devon Theater. If anyone is interested please reach out to me directly at JoelEl Capitan

jgarf on March 13, 2014 at 11:35 am

Sorry it does not look like my email went through properly. Try my other email at

TheALAN on May 27, 2014 at 11:11 pm

I guess the Devon can be officially listed as CLOSED now. It doesn’t appear that the new owners are going to reach out with their future plans. Only then might best wishes be in order. Until that time, it’s wait and see!

Lakeshag on February 6, 2015 at 2:28 pm

I am interested in finding out who is the owner of the Devon Theater…Is the this theater still for sale? I am very interested in any information or leads anyone may have… my email address is Thanks.

HowardBHaas on June 4, 2015 at 11:56 am

I just received a robocall about a community meeting re a church’s planned reuse of the Devon Theatre.

HowardBHaas on June 12, 2015 at 6:52 pm

TheALAN on June 15, 2015 at 1:31 am

It’s been 15-months since Joel told us his company aquired the Devon Theater. In those 15-months, not a peep! Thanks Joel for keeping us informed!

Now we have learned that a church — Kingdom Life Christian Center — has bought the former Devon Theater property. Not sure if that includes the adjoining six stores.

A proposal is now before the Zoning Board of Adjustment for a church, daycare center, and a food bank. What comes next, a drug and alcohol rehab center?

It appears the church group bought the theater before it sought any input from the community. It’s like closing the barn door after the horse gets out!

When representatives from the Mayfair Civic Association approached the church group about community useage of the building, they were refused, saying the church deemed it excessive.

There doesn’t seem to be any room for compromise!

TheALAN on June 17, 2015 at 4:29 pm

For further details about the Devon Theater, please see —– MAYFAIR CIVIC ASSOCIATION: Timeline: Devon Zoning from President Donny Smith (Wednesday, June 3, 2015)

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