Ridge Avenue Theatre

1734 Ridge Avenue,
Philadelphia, PA 19130

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Ridge Avenue Theatre, Philadelphia PA in 1922

The Ridge Avenue Theatre opened in 1919 with a seating capacity listed as 780. It was equipped with a Moeller 2 manual 51 registers pipe organ. Closed as a motion picture theatre on November 6, 1952 with John Payne in “Tripoli” & Richard Dix in “Wagon Wheels”.

It was converted into a market. The property was purchased in May of 1990 by Alfred Williams and opened as the House of Worship. It was demolished in 2016.

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kencmcintyre on September 20, 2006 at 6:41 pm

This 1977 photo shows a theater on Ridge above Lyceum in Roxborough with the partial name “MAN”. I looked at the Philadelphia list and only saw the Goldman on 15th in Center City. Any info on the identity of this theater would be appreciated:

DavidZornig on January 10, 2018 at 10:36 am

1951 photo of Ridge Avenue from Dupont Street added via Raymond Storey. Ridge Avenue Theatre marquee is visible down the street.

RickB on January 11, 2018 at 7:31 am

Judging by the Street View, this building was demolished sometime between October 2016 and June 2017.

RickB on January 11, 2018 at 7:33 am

Dupont Street is in the Roxborough-Manayunk area, considerably northwest of this site. The theater in that picture is probably the Roxy Theatre.

DavidZornig on January 11, 2018 at 8:39 am

It seems that the Roxy Theatre was a huge corner building, but the Ridge Avenue Theatre was in the middle of a block like the 1951 photo. So maybe there was another theatre near Dupont Street?

dallasmovietheaters on February 23, 2022 at 11:36 pm

This venue opened in 1911 as a movie house. The Ridge Theatre ceased operations following the November 6, 1952 double feature of “Tripoli” and “Wagon Wheels.”

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