Admiral Theatre

2806 N. 5th Street,
Philadelphia, PA 19133

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Previously operated by: A.M. Ellis Theaters Co,

Architects: Albert Douglas Hill, Harvey Childs Hodgens

Firms: Hodgens & Hill

Functions: Church

Styles: Atmospheric, Italian Renaissance

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Admiral Theatre

The Admiral Theatre opened September 3, 1928 with Dolores Costello in “Tenderloin”. The theatre was designed in an Italian Renaissance/Atmospheric style by the firm of Hodgens & Hill (the first Atmospheric style theatre in Philadelphia). It was located on N. 5th Street near Somerset Street. The Palace Theatre was located on the same block. By 1950 the Admiral Theatre was operated by the A.M. Ellis Theaters Co. chain. It was closed on February 21, 1962 with Paul Newman in “The Hustler” & Jerry Lewis in “The Errand Boy”. Today it is home to a church.

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Recent comments (view all 7 comments)

Coasterbear on May 1, 2007 at 5:39 pm

I completely forgot about this theater. Yes I did attend it as a child and remembered seeing “Babes In Toyland” there!

kencmcintyre on March 31, 2008 at 8:54 pm

Here is a photo from the PAB site, Irvin Glazer collection. No date is given. The poor resolution is from the original source:

TheALAN on June 2, 2014 at 9:16 am

In what style was this theater and who was the operator? Was this also a vaudeville theater?

rivest266 on October 6, 2016 at 3:11 pm

September 3rd, 1928 grand opening ad in photo section.

bill_o_irish on February 8, 2018 at 10:07 am

Growing up near N.3rd & Ontario in the mid-1950s the Admiral was one of our “go to” theaters on Saturdays. The other two being the Wishart (Front & Allegheny) and the Century (6th & Erie). Back at the time a bunch of 10 year kids could go anywhere in that area with not much to worry about.

howiehangg on December 17, 2020 at 7:45 am

On Saturday afternoons in the early 60s the Admiral charged us kids a quarter admission and ran two feature films and cartoons. WOW…a quarter! There was a nickel ice cream machine in the lobby that required spinning a large metal disk, that sat on top of the machine, a complete 360 degrees to release your ice cream bar. I believe that the Admiral was one of 2 theaters in Philadelphia that ran 70mm films. Anyone remember DeeDee’s pizza on Lehigh Avenue and Fairhill Street? I lived at 6th and Huntingdon Streets.

dallasmovietheaters on February 13, 2022 at 3:49 pm

The Admiral Theatre closed permanently on February 21, 1962 with Paul Newman in “The Hustler” and Jerry Lewis in “The Errand Boy.”

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