Germantown Theatre, 5508 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia

From The Greatest Achievement in Music For Theatre: The Wulitzer Hope-Jones Unit Orchestra, originally published by the Rudolph Wurlitzer Company in 1916. Reprinted by Vestal Press in 1964.

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“The Germantown Theatre is recognized as one of the finest picture play houses in Philadelphia, located in Germantown, Philadelphia’s most popular suburb. Has a seating capacity  of 1,400, and was built at a cost of $12,500. It is devoted to the presentation of Paramount Pictures, and caters to the most fashionable trade in Philadelphia.

“Mr. Steumpfig, the Proprietor, has a large collection of letters from people, commenting upon the Unit Orchestra, and requesting special selections. The instrument is featured at every performance by an announcement that a certain selection will be played, and a spot light thrown on the player.”

The Theatres of Germantown


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.

He is available for theatre talks and walks in 2015: historical societies, libraries, senior centers, etc.


Now selling “vintage” on Etsy.






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