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South Street Cinema

  • Movie theaters
  • Greater Philadelphia
  • price 1 of 4
  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Recommended
South Street Cinema is a pop-up indie movie theater on South Street in Philadelphia,
Photograph: Courtesy South Street Cinema

Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars

Don’t expect plush seats and surround sound at this pop-up indie movie theater on bustling South Street. It’s essentially a retail store that’s been gutted and transformed into a cinema, with 40 banquet table chairs, a heavy curtain separating the screening room from the lobby and a popcorn cart cranking out snacks up front. But throw in an excellently curated lineup of flicks and you have everything you need for a perfect, oh-so-Philly night at the movies.

"While Philadelphia has plenty of traditional movie theaters, it was lacking in the kind of small screening rooms that could show golden-era movies or indie films, and South Street is the ideal location for finding unique and quirky entertainment," says owner Bill Arrowood about his lineup of flicks, which focuses on rare cult films, classics and independent features from local filmmakers.

Screenings are only $5 and offer a great chance to see some classics on the big screen. As a general rule, Thursdays feature cult and classic films, Friday is retro night, Saturday matinees are family-friendly, catch horror and sci-fi flicks on Saturday night, and Sunday’s reserved for comedy.

Josh Middleton
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Josh Middleton


327 South St
Cross street:
between 3rd and 4th Sts
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