Plaza Theatre

2437 S. Broad Street,
Philadelphia, PA 19148

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Previously operated by: Warner Bros. Circuit Management Corp.

Architects: Charles E. Oelschlager

Previous Names: Spier's Theatre

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This theater opened in 1907, originally called Spier’s Theatre presenting vaudeville, it was located on S. Broad Street. The architect was Charles E. Oelschlager. Oelschlager returned in 1912, to enlarge and remodel the auditorium and backstage areas.

Later renamed the Plaza Theatre, by 1941 it was operated by Warner Bros. Circuit Management Corp. The Plaza Theatre closed on July 1, 1951 with Kenneth Tobey in “The Thing from Another World” & Stewart Granger in “Soldiers Three”. It was later demolished. The Fumo Family Branch of the Philadelphia Public Library is on the site today.

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kencmcintyre on December 23, 2008 at 5:58 pm

From Boxoffice magazine, 1/9/38:

The Plaza Theater, South Philadelphia, was conveyed last week by the Spiers Theater Realty Corp. to the Stanley Company of America for $13,496, subject to a mortgage of $16,000.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 1, 2011 at 4:33 am

This house was already called the Plaza by 1912, when the September 4 issue of The American Architect said that “…the Plaza Theatre, at Broad and Porter Sts.” had been acquired by William W. Miller, operator of the William Penn Theatre. The item mentioned Charles Oelschlager as architect for the project Miller planned to carry out on the site.

dallasmovietheaters on May 1, 2022 at 2:03 pm

The Plaza Theatre closed permanently at end of lease on July 4, 1951 with “The Thing” and “Soldiers Three.”

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