Little Theatre

2222 Market Street,
Philadelphia, PA 19103

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Architects: Solomon Kaplan

Styles: Spanish Renaissance

Previous Names: Drop-In Theatre, Little Art Theatre, Motion Picture Guild Theatre, Philkino, Vogue Theatre

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The Drop-In Theatre opened in 1925 seating 219. It played foreign and art films. The theatre was extensively remodeled and reopened on October 8, 1928 with Paul Richter in “Die Nibellungen: Seigfried” and it became the Little Art Theatre, followed by another rename to Motion Picture Guild Theatre. In 1933 it began screening Russian movies and was renamed Philkino. That closed after screening twenty-two Russian movies and it briefly became the Vogue Theatre. It was finally renamed Little Theatre but had been sold on December 11, 1936 and closed in 1937.

It was converted into a furniture store. In the 1970’s it became an 1890’s themed nightclub. Since demolished, according to the Philadelphia tax records the site today is a commercial parking lot.

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dallasmovietheaters on March 19, 2022 at 9:18 pm

The local paper says that the Motion Picture Guild which operated art houses in Washington (its first house in 1926 was the Wardman Park), Baltimore and Detroit, built this theatre in 1928 to the plans of Solomon Kaplan. The Little Theatre launched on October 8, 1928 with Fritz Lang’s UFA film, “Siegfried” supported but the one reel UFA film, “Killing the Killer.” The theatre became the Vogue Theatre and was sold off on December 11, 1936 becoming a furniture store.

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