Jefferson Theatre

2217 N. 29th Street,
Philadelphia, PA 19132

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Previously operated by: Green & Altman, Warner Bros. Circuit Management Corp.

Architects: John D. Allen, William Harold Lee

Functions: Church

Styles: Colonial Revival

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The Jefferson Theatre was built in 1913 and designed by architect John D. Allen. The theater seated 935 and stood on N. 29th Street near Susquehanna Avenue. In June 1915 a Pilcher 2 manual 24 stops organ was installed. This was probably not up to its job, as on September 18, 1915 a Wurlitzer organ was installed. The Jefferson Theatre was remodeled in the early-1920’s, and again in 1926 when the seating capacity was increased to 1,000 by architect William H. Lee. In 1927 it was operated by Green & Altman. It was later taken over by Warner Bros. Circuit Management. It was equipped with a Pacent sound system around 1930, but had closed by 1931. Warner Bros. were still listed as the owners in the 1941 & 1943 editions of Film Daily Yearbook, but it was still (Closed). Today it is home to a church.

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kencmcintyre on August 8, 2009 at 8:42 am

Here is the theater as seen on Google maps:

kencmcintyre on January 20, 2010 at 10:30 pm

Here is a photo circa 1940s from the Irvin Glazer theater collection:

TheALAN on January 14, 2016 at 7:48 pm

Except for the absence of its marquee and box office, the exterior of the theatre remains intact! Original Buildings on each side of the theatre have been demolished.

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