5231 Frankford Avenue,
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Architects: William Harold Lee
Styles: French Renaissance
Previous Names: Forum Theatre, Ellis Theatre
The Forum Theatre opened June 25, 1928 for motion pictures and stage shows. The marquee was decorated with neon glass tubes in orange and blue. The theatre was 92' x 319' and all seating was on the main floor. It had a Kilgen 3 manual 9 ranks organ which had its console on an elevator, a large orchestra pit and a fully equipped stage. In the 1940’s, the Forum Theatre is listed as being operated by Stanley-Warner.
By 1957 it had been re-named Ellis Theatre and was operated by the A.M. Ellis Theaters Co. chain. By the 1970’s it was showing X-rated movies as the Xtassy Theatre, closing in the late-1970’s to be subsequently demolished. The façade and foyer were saved and are in use as a liquor store.
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