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Bushfire Theatre Of Performing Arts (Official)
Previously operated by: Nixon-Nirdlinger Theaters
Firms: Stuckert & Sloan
Functions: Performing Arts
Previous Names: Locust Theatre
Opened in 1914 as the Locust Theatre with a seating capacity of 1,400. It was a vaudeville and motion picture house in West Philadelphia. It was equipped with a Kimball organ. In 1924 the original Kimball organ was replaced by a larger Kimball organ. By the 1930’s The Locust Theatre was showing movies only. It was closed in the early-1970’s.
In 1977, the Bushfire Performing Arts Group acquired the Locust Theatre, and renamed it the Bushfire Theatre. It reopened in May 1980, but the project failed within a year. The theatre was still closed in 1986. It now operates as a performing arts space catering for the African-American community.
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