Sherwood Theatre

5411 Baltimore Avenue,
Philadelphia, PA 19143

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Previously operated by: Nixon-Nirdlinger Theaters

Architects: David Supowitz

Styles: Streamline Moderne

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Sherwood Theatre, Philadelphia, PA

The Sherwood Theatre, located on Baltimore Avenue at Christian Street, originally opened in 1913. It was equipped with a Moeller 9 ranks organ. In 1938, architect David Supowitz remodeled the theatre in Art Moderne style. The Sherwood Theatre closed at the end of its lease on March 30, 1953 with Randolph Scott in “Man in the Saddle” & “The Harlem Globetrotters”.

It was taken over by a new operator on September 9, 1955, reopening with Doris Day in “Love Me or Leave Me” & Robert Ryan in “House of Bamboo”. It was closed on May 31, 1959 with Harry Piel in Tiger’s Claw"(Der Tiger Akbar) & Maria Litto in “The Veiled Lady”(Die verschleierte Maja). It has since been demolished and the site became a gas station. In 2021 a Philly Express Food Mart now operates on the site.

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ralphf on October 3, 2008 at 10:43 pm

The Sherwood didn’t close in 1951. I’m certain I attended movies there in the late ‘50s or early '60s. Sometime after that it closed and was torn down. What was remarkable after it was gone was how small the lot was — a little triangle of land that once hosted movie magic.

HowardBHaas on May 3, 2009 at 8:13 am

11 July 1953 Box Office says then it shuttered.

ralphf on May 30, 2010 at 10:43 pm

Someone got it wrong. It absolutely was open for about a decade after that supposed closing date. I attended movies there, and I couldn’t have if it had closed in 1953.
It and the Ambassador, a few blocks away on Baltimore Avenue, were the neighborhood movie palaces.

Alan_Kohn_235 on June 13, 2012 at 3:22 pm

My family went to the Sherwood through 1959. We lived at 5331 Baltimore Avenue.

dallasmovietheaters on February 11, 2022 at 6:28 pm

The Sherwood stopped advertising and was listed as closed after “Man in the Saddle” and “The Harlem Globetrotters” at end of lease on March 30, 1953. It came back under a new operator as a grind house with continuous shows of a Doris Day double-feature consisting of “Love Me or Leave Me” and “House of Bamboo” on September 9, 1955. The Sherwood departed at end of lease on May 31, 1959 with “Tiger’s Claws” and “Veiled Lady.”

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