Art Overbrook Theatre

6242 Haverford Avenue,
Philadelphia, PA 19151

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Styles: Streamline Moderne

Previous Names: Overbrook Theatre

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Art Overbrook Theatre

A neighborhood theatre in Philadelphia located at 63rd Street and Haverford Avenue. The Overbrook Theatre was opened in 1914 and closed in 1957. It reopened operating for a while as the Art Overbrook Theatre. In 1962 it was closed with Natalie Wood in “Splendour in the Grass” & Leslie Caron in “Fanny”. It was converted into a bakery. The Streamline Moderne style marquee survived until 1988. The building stood vacant in 2019.

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 19, 2018 at 7:24 pm

This house appears to have reopened after 1957 as the Art Overbrook Theatre. A house of that name in Philadelphia was mentioned in the First Statement of the New American Cinema Group, published in the summer of 1961. The Art Overbrook had, along with the Bleeker Street Cinema and New Yorker Theatre in New York, pledged to exhibit films distributed by the group. This information was cited in Film Culture Reader, edited by Adams P. Sitney, published in 1970 (Google Books preview). The Art Overbrook Theatre, 63rd and Haverford, was advertising in The Philadelphia Enquirer by June of 1959.

dallasmovietheaters on April 26, 2022 at 10:08 am

The final operational names for the Overbrook Theatre were as the Aart Overbrook Cinema (a name it used to try to be among the first listed in the newspaper’s alphabetical listings) and the Art Overbrook Cinema. It closed permanently as the Art Overbook Cinema on June 3, 1962 with “Splendor in the Grass” and “Fanny.”

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