President Theatre

2308 Snyder Avenue,
Philadelphia, PA 19145

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Architects: David Supowitz

Functions: Banquet Hall, Church

Styles: Art Deco

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President Theatre

The President Theatre opened in 1936 with seating for just over 1,000. The theatre was located on Snyder Avenue at S. 23rd Street. It closed on September 28, 1975 with Warren Beatty in “Shampoo”. It later converted into a banquet hall, which it continues to serve as today, as well as being used as a church.

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lotoole3 on January 31, 2006 at 6:48 am

Currently called Addeo’s President Banquet Room, and still in operation (I believe).

The theater was “restored” to it’s former glory to play a major role in the 1995 movie “Two Bits”, starring Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio and Al Pacino. The story takes place on a hot summer day in 1933 South Philly, where 12-year old Gennaro lives with his widowed mom and his ailing grandpa, who sits outside holding tight to his last quarter, promised to Gennaro, which Gennaro would like to have to buy a ticket to the new local movie theater.

More movie info here:

That theater is the President, and was called the President in the movie. There were many shots of the exterior, recreated wonderfully to a period-correct look – though I’m not sure how true it was to the original. The building facade looks to be in good shape today due to the movie’s recreation efforts.

lotoole3 on January 31, 2006 at 6:51 am

Recent aerial photo of the building, showing the facade, can be seen here:

kencmcintyre on March 12, 2007 at 9:24 am

In 1961, the phone number was Dewey 4-6000.

Herstory47 on July 25, 2011 at 5:56 pm

As I recall, Tuesday night was Ladies Night and they had a double feature of tear jerkers:)

GilA on January 10, 2018 at 3:49 pm

I my family owned the movie theater and then the catering hall it was converted to for many years. Looking for an old photo with my families name on the marquee if any has one. Thanks

dallasmovietheaters on May 7, 2022 at 6:28 pm

Looks to have closed as a discount sub-run dollar house with “Shampoo” at the end of a leasing period on September 28, 1975 with “Shampoo.”

Mikeoaklandpark on May 8, 2022 at 2:42 pm

Gil A I remember it had the name in the center of the marquee Adios

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