722-728 W. Girard Avenue,
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Previously operated by: Warner Bros. Circuit Management Corp.
Architects: John Adolph Emil Eberson
Styles: Streamline Moderne
The Germantown Theatre was built in 1905 as a legitimate playhouse on the corner of W. Girard Avenue at N. Franklin Street. In later years it operated as the American Theatre, Astor Theatre and Lyric Theatre and presented Yiddish plays. It ended its days as a movie theatre, and was was demolished.
In it place rose this late John Eberson-designed theatre opened in 1940 as the Astor Theatre, operated by Warner Brothers. The opening movie was “It All Came True” starring Ann Sheridan & Humphrey Bogart. The theatre could seat 1,422, all on a single level. Interior decorations were carried out by Rambusch Inc. The Astor Theatre closed in the 1970’s and was razed in August 2016.
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