Model Theatre

425 South Street,
Philadelphia, PA 19147

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

Architects: William Harold Lee

Functions: Retail

Styles: Art Deco

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Model Theatre

The Model Theatre opened in 1911 as a vaudeville/movie theatre, on South Street. The theatre, seating 778, had a 32ft wide proscenium. Its claim to fame in the early days was that Mae West appeared on the stage at the Model Theatre. It was redecorated in 1923 and a Wurlitzer Hope-Jones 2 manual organ was installed. It was was remodeled in the 1930’s by architect William H. Lee in an Art Deco style. By 1941 it was operated by Warner Bros. Circuit Management Corp. The Model Theatre closed on January 2, 1955 with Broderick Crawford in “Down Three Dark Streets” & Wayne Morris in “Two Guns and a Badge”. It was was incorporated into Dubrow’s Department Store. By 2008 it was a shoe store which by 2020 was a Foot Locker store.

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Recent comments (view all 6 comments)

kencmcintyre on January 2, 2008 at 3:02 pm

It looks like a shoe store is at that address now. I was on South Street not too long ago, but I was unaware of the former theater at this location. Too bad. Anyway, here is a 1945 photo:

kencmcintyre on June 14, 2009 at 8:18 am

Here is a view of South Street circa 1920s:

kencmcintyre on June 22, 2009 at 5:45 pm

This is the website for the current occupant. It does appear to be the same building as seen on the January 2008 photo. Function should be retail.

kencmcintyre on January 9, 2010 at 7:20 am

Here is a better view of the 1945 photo:

amby_moho on May 30, 2021 at 3:00 pm

Currently a Foot Locker. I wonder if any of the original interior is buried in there underneath drop ceilings

dallasmovietheaters on February 10, 2022 at 8:21 pm

The Stanley Theatre Circuit sold the building in January of 1955 at which time it was altered to become a retail furniture store. It is believed that the Model Theatre closed permanently on January 2, 1955 with a double feature of “Down Three Dark Streets” and “Two Guns and a Badge.”

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