Wynne Theatre

2001 N. 54th Street,
Philadelphia, PA 19131

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

Architects: Paul J. Henon, Jr., William H. Hoffman

Firms: Hoffman-Henon Co.

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Wynne Theatre

The November 15, 1927 “The Exhibitor” trade publication mentioned that the Stanley Company of America would open a theatre in the Wynnefield neighborhood, with 2,000 seats, all on one floor of the auditorium. Philadelphia architects Hoffman-Henon Co. would design it.

The Wynne Theatre opened November 18, 1927 with Milton Sills in “The Sea Tiger”. The auditorium had a Kimball 2 manual organ, large crystal chandeliers, and 1,763 seats, all on one floor. Second run movies were shown until the 1950’s, when double features were shown. The theatre was operated by Stanley-Warner. The Wynne Theatre closed in 1955.

The theatre was then converted into a catering facility with several ballrooms fit into the various heights of the auditorium. By the 1970’s the theatre featured bingo. In 1981, the Wynne Theatre was sold to Wynnefield civic leader Katie B. Jackson. She reopened it as a banquet and catering facility. It continued as a successful enterprise until after Mrs. Jackson’s death in 1993.

The Wynne Theatre is a two-story high brick building, the color of sand. Large Wynne letters are still on its marquee in 2007, and the usual Stanley-Warner 20 feet high “V” shaped roof sign still says “Wynne”. In March 2016 the Wynne Theatre was demolished. The fa├žade will be mimicked in a new apartment building for seniors, and the rooftop sign, the last on a movie theatre in Philadelphia, will be rebuilt.

Contributed by HowardBHaas, Dave Liitterer

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HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on September 19, 2011 at 4:49 am

Here’s Friday’s Hidden City Philadelphia blog article about how current plans are on hold: http://hiddencityphila.org/2011/09/wynne-theater-plans-on-hold/

RickB
RickB on October 8, 2012 at 8:21 am

Demolition reported to be imminent as the building is said to be too far gone to save. Hidden City Philadelphia story here. The piece says that the city took over ownership of the property this summer after the previous owners ran up $500,000 in unpaid taxes.

robtadrian
robtadrian on March 1, 2016 at 1:34 pm

Currently being renovated to open as Wynne Senior Housing.

HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on March 1, 2016 at 1:41 pm

Article here http://cdesignc.org/blog/2015/12/17/golden-sledgehammers-for-wynne-senior-residences

rivest266
rivest266 on October 9, 2016 at 5:32 am

November 18th, 1927 grand opening ad in photo section.

HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on October 9, 2016 at 5:37 am

Ad didn’t appear in photo section

dallasmovietheaters
dallasmovietheaters on February 25, 2022 at 1:39 pm

The Wynne Theatre opened November 18, 1927 with Morton Sills in “The Sea Tiger.” The Wynne closed permanently March 1, 1953 with Olivia DeHavilland in “My Cousin Rachel.”

RobHarp
RobHarp on October 30, 2023 at 2:01 am

I have an inaugural program from the Wynne theater among others in my collection.

m00se1111
m00se1111 on October 30, 2023 at 2:13 am

Updating the bio, the Wynne is currently open as a senior residence facility. From PennRose.com - “Wynne Senior Residences was designed to replicate much of the architectural heritage of the previously iconic Wynne Theater. The building was historically used as a ballroom, cinema, and later a catering facility. ” The rooftop sign has been recreated. The photos of what the outside looks like can be seen https://www.pennrose.com/apartments/pennsylvania/wynne-senior-residences/

Trolleyguy
Trolleyguy on October 30, 2023 at 7:12 am

You’d be better off going to Google Streetview to see the outside of this building. ^That website above^ is nearly impossible to navigate.

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