31 W. Girard Avenue,
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Previously operated by: Nixon-Nirdlinger Theaters
Architects: Carl P. Berger
Firms: Hoffman-Henon Co.
News About This Theater
- Sep 30, 2008 — Controversy swirls around plans to reopen Jumbo Theatre
This was a very well known movie house in it’s day, probably just by it’s location alone (and my mother remembers it well): It was located at the busy intersection of N. Front Street and W. Girard Avenue. The El train stopped there, and also the Route 15 trolley-which is now back in service. Designed by architect Carl Berger, the Jumbo Theatre was opened in 1909 presenting moving pictures & vaudeville. At the time of opening it was the largest movie theatre in Philadelphia. In 1918 it was equipped with a Kimball 2 manual 5 ranks organ and it was also at this time reconstructed to the plans of architectural firm Hoffman and Henon. It was closed in the 1960’s.
The Jumbo Theatre was converted into offices and a warehouse for the Fox Electric Company. The back warehouse still possessing some of the original plaster work that surrounded the screen.
By 2019 the theatre had been gutted and it was operating as a Dollar Tree store. It was vacant by 2021 and still vacant in 2023.
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