941 Theater Shut Down, But For How Long?

941_logo_102_white_bgEffective on Friday, the 941 Theater in Northern Liberties shut its doors. The theater, which opened a couple of years ago and has since provided a cheap and valuable service to filmmakers, musicians and artists of other stripes, announced its (hopefully temporary) closure, citing a host of L&I violations and subsequent fines. According to our sources, L&I pounced on the venue late last week, accusing the 941 of operating as a “speakeasy” — which, so far as we know, is 100% untrue. (The 941 had always operated as a strictly no-alcohol-sales venue.) In any case, those fines — plus the fact that the Theater will be closed for at least a month, thereby forcing it to cancel a number of engagements and lose business — threaten to shut the venue down forever. Which is a shame, given that the 941 has always provided a valuable service to both the immediate community it serves in NoLibs, as well as the city’s various fringe-arts scenes in general. To that end, a committee is already gathering to help raise funds and bring the 941 back up to speed. The Philadelphia Friends Of The Projected Arts currently have a page up, detailing the latest news; as of this writing, a benefit event is being planned for late November. We’ll be sure to get you more info on that as we find out more; and in the meantime, good luck to our friends at the 941.

One Response to “941 Theater Shut Down, But For How Long?”


    What does the city of Philadelphia have against the creative arts lately?!

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