Globe Theatre

N. Juniper Street and Market Street,
Philadelphia, PA 19107

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Previously operated by: Stanley-Warner Theatres

Firms: Hoffman-Henon Co.

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Globe Theatre

Located in the city center on the northeast corner of N. Juniper Street and Market Street to the east of City Hall. The Globe Theatre was opened June 1, 1914 and was designed by the Hoffman Company. It presented motion pictures and stage shows. It was closed October 31, 1929 and was to be converted into a bank. On January 9, 1930 there was an explosion in the empty building which caused several fatalities and injuries, and it was subsequently demolished.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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dallasmovietheaters on February 27, 2017 at 3:26 pm

The Globe Theatre’s grand opening was June 1, 1914. The property was in the Joseph Harrison Jr. family from 1855 to June 8, 1913 when sold to interests allowing the Stanley Theatre’s Globe to come into existence with the existing buildings demolished later that same year. The theatre was at what’s now considered 1 East Penn Street at a deleted address at Market and Juniper streets (listed often as 7 N. Juniper but varying).

It’s probably best remembered for its marble work and frieze of Alexander the Great entering Babylon in 331 BC and its neighbor, the busy Automat vending-based restaurant. But the theatre was outmoded as movie palaces with sound hurt the Globe’s chances. The building’s structure was also too small to survive in booming Philly. The theatre closed on Halloween of 1929 to make way for the 24-story Market Street National Bank Building with equipment removed on November 20, 1929.

Awaiting demolition in 1930, the theatre exploded on January 9, 1930 leading to injuries and fatalities. The Market Street National Bank Building address changed to 1 East Penn during its long run to be transformed to a Residence Inn hotel as of the 21st Century.

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