In The Belly Of Girard Theatre

 

Interior view of old Girard Avenue Theatre | Photo: Patrick Clark, for Spirit News

Interior view of old Girard Avenue Theatre | Photo: Patrick Clark, for Spirit News

  • On the 600 block of Girard Avenue sits Fine Fare, a grocery store owned by Siyam Ameed, who is looking to sell the building, mainly to forgo his daily commute back home to New Jersey. Seeing as the sales pitch for this otherwise unassuming bodega writes itself, Ameed contacted Spirit News to tour the building and take some photos. From the 1890s to the early 1960s, this was the Girard Avenue Theatre, where one could, as one contemporary theatre critic reported, watch “Shakespeare well acted and well staged…in a place of high ideals and low prices.” Back in 2013, GroJLart, explored the history and pondered here on Hidden City Daily upon the theatre’s future in the face of rising development pressures.
  • Suzette Parmley steps inside the Target that opened yesterday at 1128 Chestnut, its first flexible-format—selling “locally relevant” items in a sparing 19,000-square-foot space—location for the Philadelphia market. This location will be joined by three others in the next 15 months, a clear sign, say market analysts, of renewed faith in the profitability of reaching Center City’s growing millennial demographic.
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Stephen Currall recently received his BA in history from Arcadia University. Before beginning doctoral studies, he is pursuing his interest in local history, specifically just how Philadelphians engage their vibrant past. Besides skimming through 18th century letters, Steve is also interested in music and travel.

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