Avon Theatre

2217 South Street,
Philadelphia, PA 19146

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Previously operated by: Green & Altman, Warner Bros. Circuit Management Corp.

Firms: Tunis & Genther

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The Avon Theatre opened in 1924 seating 617. It was located on South Street at 23rd Street. The architectual firm was listed as Tunis and Genther. By 1941 it was operated by Warner Bros. Circuit Management Corp. The theatre closed in 1956. Since closing it was used for various retail stores. It has been demolished.

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Jayfar on February 10, 2006 at 3:01 pm

Not demolished, it’s a supermarket since about 1950. Once a Food Fair, now the South Square Market.

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kencmcintyre on January 11, 2008 at 10:01 pm

Here is an expanded version of the PAB photo posted above, specifically from the Irvin Glazer collection:

TheALAN on April 19, 2014 at 11:32 am

In the overview, Chuck says the Avon closed in 1956. Jayfar comments that it’s been a supermarket since about 1950 and PAB says it was converted to a supermarket c. 1950. Does anyone know, for a fact, when the Avon Theatre closed and when it was converted to a Food Fair supermarket?

TheALAN on April 18, 2015 at 4:46 pm

Well it’s been a year and no one has any additional information on this theater?

Kieren on July 27, 2017 at 3:33 pm

I’m not sure this was the same address as the grocery store, which is still there. A 1949 photo at 23rd and South looking west seems to show the grocery store there, with the “B” sign, after the theater: http://libwww.freelibrary.org/digital/item/zoom/41431. A google maps search of 2217 South hits on the tree-covered property between the CR Ettinger studio and the South Square grocery. https://www.google.com/maps/place/2217+South+St,+Philadelphia,+PA+19146/Shea’s Performing Arts Center.9453546,-75.1791652,3a,75y,350h,90t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sTCGtyFFBHlH8ZrW6hbOmhQ!2e0!7i13312!8i6656!4m5!3m4!1s0x89c6c640b83c2ff1:0x70ab072834d72f55!8m2!3d39.9455195!4d-75.179239

JayFarrell on June 17, 2018 at 5:29 am

Sadly, contrary to my previous post, the Avon has been gone for a long time, per historic maps I’ve seen since. The supermarket is in a completely separate building, dating back to at least 1875. I was previously going on incorrect information and photos from the Philadelphia Buildings and Architects site, which stated it was converted to a supermarket in 1950; apparently Irvin Glazer was mistaken.

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