Boyd Art Theatre

800 Welsh Street,
Chester, PA 19013

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Previously operated by: Boyd Theater Circuit

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

Firms: Hoffman-Henon Co.

Functions: Ballroom, Banquet Hall, Religious Services

Styles: Art Deco

Previous Names: Boyd Theatre

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Boyd Theater

The Boyd Theatre opened on Thanksgiving Day (November 28), 1934 with Will Rogers in “Judge Priest”.

The Boyd Theatre went over to screening adult movies in the 1970’s and closed in early-1980. It was sold for $37,500 on January 27, 1991 and became a church. In 2015 it became the Sanai Dior Ballroom & Wedding Chapel.

Contributed by George Quirk

Recent comments (view all 12 comments)

teecee on February 24, 2005 at 12:17 am

Yes, I imagine with the tall marquee that you could see it from quite a distance. Old photos here: (DON’T try to expand photos)

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kencmcintyre on April 21, 2006 at 6:17 pm

The Boyd was a church as of 1994, as was the Roxy in Chester.

kencmcintyre on July 30, 2007 at 12:28 am

This article from the Delaware County Daily Times dated 7/10/70 announced the closing of the Boyd:

kencmcintyre on August 28, 2007 at 12:13 am

The 1963 motion picture almanac lists A.R. Boyd Theaters, 1530 Chestnut Street Philadelphia, as operators of the Boyd in Chester. A.R. Boyd, president, also operated the Boyd in Allentown, the Boyd and College in Bethlehem, the Boyd in Easton and the Boyd in Lancaster. His apparent megalomania brings to mind the words of Ozymandias, “Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair”.

ronnie21 on June 19, 2010 at 5:22 am

i work with someone who claims that pornos were last being shown here in 78/79 before closing…

rivest266 on October 6, 2011 at 4:23 pm

This opened on November 28th, 1934. The grand opening ad can be found in the photo section for this theatre.

ronnie21 on February 5, 2012 at 10:25 am

Yeah. alot of porn played here in the 70’s.

ronnie21 on June 19, 2018 at 8:32 pm

according, to this guy on facebook, the boyd closed in early 1980…

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