It is a Night World in Philadelphia

Motion Picture Herald, June 25, 1932:

night world
“Realism and depth were obtained in a front made for ‘Night World’ by Sid Davidson, manager of the Earle Theatre, Philadelphia, Pa.

“It may not be discernible in the above photo but the enlargements, at either side of entrance were used as a background for the cutouts, which were placed in front of them with space between, similar to the arrangement of wing pieces on a stage.

“And how do you like the attractively cut title letters, and the two pairs of crossed legs?”

Enjoy some pre-code fun with choreography by Busby Berkeley:


Cezar Del Valle is the author of the Brooklyn Theatre Index, a three-volume history of borough theatres. The first two chosen 2010 OUTSTANDING BOOK OF THE YEAR by the Theatre Historical Society. Final volume published in September 2014.

Currently editing and updating the third edition of the Brooklyn Theatre Index, Volume I.

He is available for theatre talks and walks in 2016: historical societies, libraries, senior centers, etc

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2 thoughts on “It is a Night World in Philadelphia

  1. vhallerman December 10, 2015 / 12:53 AM

    Where exactly was the Earle in Philly? Love the exuberant signage and have always been partial to ticket booths that front the street…

    • Theatre Talks December 10, 2015 / 2:10 AM

      Earle Theatre, 1046 Market Street, Philadelphia. Thanks for the comment, Theatre Talks (Cezar).

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