4910 N. Broad Street,
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Previous Names: Hunt's Auditorium, Logan Auditorium, Hunt's Logan Auditorium
The Rockland Theatre, a close neighbor to the Logan Theatre in North Philadelphia. A.F. Schenck was listed as the original architect. The theatre was opened with 500-seats in Spring of 1915 and by 1931 it was operated by Hunt’s Theaters Inc. It was rebuilt in March 1927 with 850-seats to the plans of architectural firm Magaziner, Eberhard & Harris who gave it a Spanish Renaissance style. In 1941 alterations in an Art Deco style were carried out to the plans of architectural firm Thalheimer & Weitz. By 1950 it was operated by the A.M. Ellis Theaters Co. chain. It was closed on October 11, 1970 with John Cassavetes in Machine Gun McCain" & Telly Savalas in “Land Raiders”. It was demolished in late-1970.
I remember going here in the mid-1960’s till about 1967 or 1968 along with going to the Logan Theatre. It wasn’t as big as the Logan Theatre and seemed to be an older theatre than the Logan Theatre. But looking back I think the Logan Theatre maybe tried to be more “kid friendly” even though that wasn’t a term back then. We would go to the Rockland Theatre or to either one for that fact depending on who had the newer movie or who had the movie we had not seen.
Unfortunately, we had to “flee” the neighborhood back in the summer of 1969. I was only nine years old at the time. We did however, manage to take a lot of great memories from our beloved Logan neighborhood and going to the Rockland Theatre certainly was one of them along with the Logan Theatre. Sadly, both theatres met the same fate. Being in the wrong neighborhood at the wrong time!
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