Bromley Theatre

5810 Old York Road,
Philadelphia, PA 19141

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Additional Info

Previously operated by: Warner Bros. Circuit Management Corp.

Architects: Clarence Stern Thalheimer, David Daniel Weitz

Firms: Thalheimer & Weitz

Functions: Daycare Center

Styles: Streamline Moderne

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Bromley Theatre

Designed by the firm of Thalheimer & Weitz, the 952-seat Bromley Theatre opened on April 20, 1935 and stands at Old York Road near Broad Street. The Art Moderne style Bromley Theatre featured a tall pylon-like vertical sign partly flush against and party atop of a circular, gear-like base, and a rather simple boxy marquee. The Bromley Theatre closed on March 30, 1955 with James Stewart in “The Far Country”.

It was converted into a ballroom which had closed by 1986. In recent years, the building was used by medical offices, and then by bingo. By late-2008 bingo had closed, and in 2009 Precious Baby Learning Academy had opened. After the conversion to a daycare center, marble and chrome surrounding where the facade’s poster cases used to be, was again exposed to public view.

Contributed by Bryan, Howard B. Haas

Recent comments (view all 9 comments)

HowardBHaas on February 19, 2006 at 4:13 pm

Yes, the building survives. You can see the exterior of the auditorium from outside.

HowardBHaas on November 30, 2006 at 12:23 pm

I think it was a medical center for awhile. Now, it is a Bingo hall, and the marquee says bingo. I went inside, but the ceilings had been lowered, so there was very little to see of interest.

kencmcintyre on January 14, 2008 at 9:33 pm

Here is an expanded view of Chuck’s thumbnail of 4/2/05, from the PAB site. The photo is from the Irvin Glazer collection:

raymondgordonsears on January 15, 2008 at 5:39 am

The building is empty once again and for rent. A BINGO business was the last to operate out of the theater. rg

kencmcintyre on June 21, 2008 at 6:50 pm

Here is a 5/23/52 photo from the same source as the one on 1/14/08. The photo was mistakenly placed on the Byrd Theater page.

kencmcintyre on December 13, 2008 at 6:26 pm

You can still see the Bingo sign on Google. Status should be closed.

Here is an item from Boxoffice magazine, February 1955:

Harold Eskin is not going to operate the Bromley after April, and the theater is scheduled for conversion to a dance hall.

HowardBHaas on December 13, 2008 at 6:55 pm

I went by it today. A business, retail perhaps, is going inside. Workers were on the roof doing something.

dallasmovietheaters on February 12, 2022 at 6:15 pm

The Bromley closed at the end of a 20-year leasing period permanently on March 30, 1955 with Jimmy Stewart in “The Far Country.” It was used for live events and dancing thereafter.

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