Franklin Theater

222 N. 20th Street,
Philadelphia, PA 19103

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 17, 2015 at 2:32 am

The current home of the Franklin Institute (its third) opened in 1934 and was designed by architect John T. Windrim, who died that same year. I haven’t been able to find any details specifically about the Stearns Science Auditorium, but that it was renovated in 2003, and the name Franklin Theatre was adopted some time after that. Judging from the photo of the auditorium on the Franklin Institute’s web site, I’d guess the seating capacity to be no more than 250, all stadium style.

TheALAN on January 16, 2015 at 11:12 pm

How many seats does the Franklin Theater have, who was the architect and when did it open?

TheALAN on January 16, 2015 at 8:03 pm

“The Franklin Theater … has cinema-style seating, a full surround sound system, acoustical treatment, a high contrast perforated screen, and a state-of-the-art high definition digital 3D projection system. The latter enables us to present new digital 3D films, giant screen favorites re-mastered in 3D, and live events with digital 3D content! And, the sound and projection systems will improve the quality of lectures and daily programming”. — Source: The Franklin Institute