Alhambra Theatre

1628 E. Passyunk Avenue,
Philadelphia, PA 19148

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Previously operated by: Stanley-Warner Theatres, Warner Bros. Circuit Management Corp.

Architects: Julius J. Anderson

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Alhambra Theatre

The Alhambra Theatre was opened on September 11, 1911. By 1941, it was operated by Warner Bros. Circuit Management Corp. It was closed on March 9, 1952 with Doris Day in “I’ll See You in My Dreams” & Roy Rogers in “Pals of the Golden West”.

It became an event center and skating rink, which had closed by 1960. The building was damaged by fire on May 11, 1962. It was soon demolished to become a parking lot.

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TheALAN on January 8, 2015 at 12:37 pm

In what style was the Alhambra Theatre designed and does amyone have photos of this theater? Please share.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 8, 2015 at 2:56 pm

This article from the South Philly Review says that the Alhambra Theatre was converted into a roller skating rink in 1952. The building was sold to the city in 1963 and demolished to make way for a parking lot. During its last few years the Alhambra served as a boxing arena, and a more recent arena called the New Alhambra was named for it.

There are a couple of exterior photos of the Alhambra in the Irving R. Glazer Theater Collection at the Philadelphia Athenaeum. Thumbnails of them can be seen on this page at Philadelphia Architects and Buildings, but only subscribers to the site will be able to open the full-sized versions.

TheALAN on January 8, 2015 at 6:45 pm

Thanks Joe for responding!

dallasmovietheaters on February 8, 2022 at 9:15 pm

Frank Migone launched the Alhambra with a 2,500 seats capacity on September 11, 1911. But he sold it quickly to William W. Miller of the Wm. Penn Theatre within two months. The Alhambra exited with “I"ll See You In My Dreams” and “Pals of the Golden West” on March 9, 1952.

It was subleased on a ten-year basis as an event center featuring wrestling and boxing as well as a skating rink. The building became vacant in 1960 and was damaged by a fire on May 11, 1962 leading it to be razed soon thereafter for a parking lot.

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