Savoia Theatre

1709 S. Broad Street,
Philadelphia, PA 19148

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Additional Info

Previously operated by: Warner Bros. Circuit Management Corp.

Architects: Elizabeth R. Hirsh Fleisher

Firms: Fleisher, Stephens & Fleisher

Functions: Church

Styles: Art Deco

Nearby Theaters

Mountain Music, staring Martha Raye and Bob Burns

Located on S. Broad Street at Castle Avenue the Savoia Theatre opened on June 9, 1937 with George Brent in “Mountain Justice”. It had a seating capacity of 965 with 779 in the orchestra and 186 in the balcony. The proscenium was 27ft wide. It was operated by Warner Bros. Circuit Management Corp. The Savoia Theatre closed on August 3, 1967 with David Hemmings in “Blow-Up” & Rob Taylor in “Chuka”.

It was converted into offices for the Pennsylvania Bureau of Employment Security which was followed by a n office supply store. It is now Bethany Church.

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Recent comments (view all 4 comments)

TheALAN on November 2, 2014 at 11:35 am

“Mountain Music” is a 1939 b&w comedy/musical film directed by Robert Florey (1900-1979). Distributed by Paranount Pictures, it stars Bob Burns (1890-1956) and Martha Raye(1916-1994).

TheALAN on November 2, 2014 at 11:56 am

The Savoia Theatre survived for 28 years yet no one can share anything about it? No comments at all? Unbelivable!

Mikeoaklandpark on November 2, 2014 at 2:16 pm

I was only 7 when it closed, but I do know that on weekends they showed Italian double features because at the time it was a predominantly Italian neighborhood. After it closed it became a social security office then a office supply store in the early 80’s Funny I had a dream about this theater the other night. If I remember correctly the name Savoia hung above the marquee vertical and curved.

dallasmovietheaters on February 20, 2022 at 6:54 pm

The Savoia opened on June 9, 1937 with a full house for “Mountain Justice.” The name was suggested by George L. Smiley who won $100 from Warner Bros. Circuit for naming the new-build venue at 1705-1709 S. Broad Street. Construction had started in October of 1936 and featured great quantities of stainless steel to represent the latest and greatest in movie theaters. The Savoia closed at the expiry of a 30-year lease on August 3, 1967 with a double-feature of “Blow-Up” and “Chuka.”

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