Holiday Art Theatre
4204 Kensington Avenue,
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Architects: William Harold Lee
Functions: Daycare Center
Styles: Streamline Moderne
Previous Names: Windsor Theatre, Ace Theatre, Aart Holiday Theatre
Located in the Frankford district to the east of North Philadelphia. The Windsor Theatre was opened by November 1914. In 1938 it was given a makeover to the plans of architect William Harold Lee and was renamed Ace Theatre. On November 8, 1959 it was renamed Aart Holiday Theatre screening foreign made movies. By 1963 it had drifted into screening uncensored adult movies as the Holiday Art Theatre. One of the last adult theatres to operate, and apparently the last vintage single-screen neighborhood theatre in Philadelphia showing anything cinematic. In the 1960’s and 1970’s it was booked day-and-date with the Abbe Art Cinema (Cedar Theatre) in West Philadelphia and the Walton Art in East Germantown.
The Holiday Art Theatre closed in 2007. By September 2021 it was in use as a 24 hour child care center named Someone’s Brilliant Performing Arts, catering for children 3 months to 12 years old..
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