Park Theatre

N. 31st Street and W. Diamond Street,
Philadelphia, PA 19121

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

Architects: William Harold Lee

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Park Theatre

The Park Theatre was opened by Equity Theatres Circuit for Green & Altman on October 10, 1927 with Coleen Moore in “Naughty but Nice” with vaudeville star Bobby Heath appearing on stage.. It was equipped with a Barton 2 manual organ which was opened by organist Muriel Draper. Seating was provided for 1,092 in the orchestra, 238 in the Mezzanine, 232 in the balcony and 92 in loges. In the early-1930’s it was taken over by Warner Bros. Circuit Management Corp. In 1944 it reverted back to Independent management. It was closed on December 4, 1966 with a triple bill program: Ron Foster in “House of the Damned”, Charlton Heston in “Khartoum” & Vincent Price in “Dr Goldfoot and the Girl Bombs”. It was soon demolished.

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kencmcintyre on June 17, 2009 at 6:22 am

Here is an ad for the Park, circa 1950s:

BobF on August 28, 2011 at 9:05 pm

For many years I watched a feature and color cartoons—and usually a serial (such as Naoka, Queen of the Jungle) and waited for the Schwinn Bicycle giveaway. The manager/owner and his daughters presented the bike each week to someone other than me.

For a neighborhood movie theater, they had an amazingly sumptuous balcony with lots of marble—and the restrooms (I can speak only for the men’s) was worth a visit.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 13, 2013 at 7:26 pm

There was a Park Theatre operating in Philadelphia in 1922, when the October 22 issue of The Film Daily ran an ad for Warner Brothers with photos of several Warner houses in the city. The Park is at the right of this page.

dallasmovietheaters on May 7, 2022 at 8:12 pm

The October 10, 1927 opening ad for the Park Theatre with Colleen Moore in “Naughty but Nice” is posted in photos. Muriel Draper was at the Barton Two Console Double Orchestral Organ at the opening show for Equity Theatres Circuit.

The final listing is just shy of its 50th anniversary with the Park going out as a grind house with continuous shows its last day of “Hours of the Damned,” “Young Guns of Texas,” “Khartoum,” and “Dr. Goldfoot & the Girl Bombs” on December 4, 1966. No further listings are advertised at the Park. And, if true, it was a memorable final day of operation.

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