Esquire Theatre

5717 N. Broad Street,
Philadelphia, PA 19141

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Additional Info

Previously operated by: Budco, Warner Bros. Circuit Management Corp., William Goldman Theaters Inc.

Architects: Leroy Berman Rothschild

Functions: Retail

Styles: Art Deco

Previous Names: Grange Theatre

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Esquire Theatre

The Grange Theatre opened on December 25, 1934 with 1,000 seats and was designed by architect LeRoy Berman Rothschild. It was located on N. Broad Street, just north of Olney Avenue at Grange Street. It was the second address from the corner, with Esquire Drugs occupying the corner space just next to the marquee. By 1941, it was operated by Warner Bros. Circuit Management Corp. It showed 2nd run movies. By 1950 it was operated by William Goldman Theaters Inc.

In 1951, the Grange Theatre was sold and renamed Esquire Theatre. Budco Theatres closed it in 1979. The theatre reopened briefly in 1981 by Rusty A. Miller, who also reopened the Benn Theatre on Woodward Avenue and the 69th Street Theatre in Upper Darby.

Since closing it has had several incarnations as retail stores including a clothing store. Since 2009 it became a fast food restaurant, but this had closed by September 2015. By June 2019 it was a Dollar Tree discount variety store.

Contributed by jeff hurvitz, Howard B. Haas

Recent comments (view all 12 comments)

Michael R. Rambo Jr.
Michael R. Rambo Jr. on July 2, 2005 at 8:38 pm

This theatre was closed by Budco Theatres in 1979, and was opened by Stanley Warner Theatres as “Grange Theatre” in the 1930’s or 1940’s.

kencmcintyre on April 7, 2009 at 4:56 pm

The theater is now a fried chicken place. The second link is a 1980 photo.

kencmcintyre on April 17, 2009 at 6:15 pm

The function should be changed to restaurant, which it is, arguably, even if it serves bad fried chicken.

kencmcintyre on July 10, 2009 at 9:31 am

From Boxoffice magazine, January 1948:

PHILADELPHIA – Meyer B. Strouse, manager of the Grange Theater, died suddenly early Monday at the age of 70. Strouse, who was associated with many other Stanley Warner theaters here during his career, was active in a number of civic organizations.

john daggett
john daggett on June 10, 2010 at 8:13 pm

During the 1950’s & early 1960’s the manager of this theatre was LOU WAKSHUL who went on to be manager of the Goldman Theatres all new ORLEANS THEATRE on Cottman Ave in NE PHILA

calcynic on October 17, 2010 at 9:00 am

Strong memories of the Esquire. I would take my mom there to try to distract her from her grief after my dad’s passing. Saw “Man for All Seasons”, “Bonnie & Clyde”, “Z”…among others. Worked at the White Tower across the street and danced at Wagner’s Ballroom with the Geator with the Heater.

Mikeoaklandpark on February 19, 2013 at 7:34 am

The theater reopend briefly in 1981 by Rusty A Miller who also reopened the Benn on Woodland Ave and the 69th St in Upper Darby. All were short lived. Update information above to show this information.

ronnie21 on October 27, 2013 at 5:46 pm

well according to these pictures from American classic images. theater was open for business in August of 80 showing the shining…

robboehm on May 3, 2015 at 2:02 pm

Photo of the Esquire in the day uploaded.

Do on February 21, 2022 at 4:22 pm

It’s now a Dollar Tree.

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