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Old 08-09-2013, 05:58 PM
 
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Thank you so much, if you hadn't of showed me the picture I would've never known that use to be Wagner's.
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Old 08-09-2013, 06:02 PM
 
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It was located at Broad and Old York Rd. I don't think that there is any way that you would recognize the building now. It's been divided into multiple retail stores and the facade has been changed. The building originally housed the Bromley Theater which was built in the 1930s. It was converted to Wagner's Ballroom in the mid 1950s. IIRC Wagner's closed sometime in the 1980s.
Thank you so much for the history cause I couldn't find anything on line, I'm so sorry they changed the façade. Next time I go to Philly I'm gonna tour my old stomping grounds thru out Germantown.
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Old 08-10-2013, 01:16 AM
 
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Sassy, I used to dance there on Sundays too! I drove by recently and it was hard to see much, as I was on Broad St. and couldn't really slow down, but I do think there is still a marquee, so it was still recognizable to me as the place we used to dance. BTW, we still dance with Jerry Blavat all over Philly and South Jersey. He is 73 and still going strong! He still calls us "kids" and "yon teenagers", so it makes us feel young. Hopefully, you can come to a dance when you visit. We still do the Chez Vous and Wagner Walk, along with the South Street and all the other line dances from back in the day!
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Old 08-17-2013, 11:43 AM
 
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We were in the mood for Chinese food & love going to Chinatown so we went to Philly. After dinner I got my hubby to drive down Broad st all the way to the once Wagner's ballroom, it is exactly like the image you provided, I felt pretty low cause it's a era gone by but mostly when driving thru the city I was appalled at the decay of Philly. We also drove by my old West Oak Ln neighborhood & viewed my dad's former corner store he owned, my old neighborhood was borderline deplorable. When I lived there decades ago the neighbors had a keep up with the Jones' mentality which I frowned upon, but maybe the flip side is that wasn't such a bad mentality after all since it did make people keep up neighborhood appearances. What happened........damn!
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Old 08-17-2013, 11:45 AM
 
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Sassy, I used to dance there on Sundays too! I drove by recently and it was hard to see much, as I was on Broad St. and couldn't really slow down, but I do think there is still a marquee, so it was still recognizable to me as the place we used to dance. BTW, we still dance with Jerry Blavat all over Philly and South Jersey. He is 73 and still going strong! He still calls us "kids" and "yon teenagers", so it makes us feel young. Hopefully, you can come to a dance when you visit. We still do the Chez Vous and Wagner Walk, along with the South Street and all the other line dances from back in the day!
Thanks for the invite but I'll have to pass, just as Wagner's ballroom is a era gone by so is my desire to get on the dance floor, but do enjoy yourself for me.
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Old 08-17-2013, 01:40 PM
 
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We were in the mood for Chinese food & love going to Chinatown so we went to Philly. After dinner I got my hubby to drive down Broad st all the way to the once Wagner's ballroom, it is exactly like the image you provided, I felt pretty low cause it's a era gone by but mostly when driving thru the city I was appalled at the decay of Philly. We also drove by my old West Oak Ln neighborhood & viewed my dad's former corner store he owned, my old neighborhood was borderline deplorable. When I lived there decades ago the neighbors had a keep up with the Jones' mentality which I frowned upon, but maybe the flip side is that wasn't such a bad mentality after all since it did make people keep up neighborhood appearances. What happened........damn!
Rough on the eyes ain't it???
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Old 08-17-2013, 01:52 PM
 
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We were in the mood for Chinese food & love going to Chinatown so we went to Philly. After dinner I got my hubby to drive down Broad st all the way to the once Wagner's ballroom, it is exactly like the image you provided, I felt pretty low cause it's a era gone by but mostly when driving thru the city I was appalled at the decay of Philly. We also drove by my old West Oak Ln neighborhood & viewed my dad's former corner store he owned, my old neighborhood was borderline deplorable. When I lived there decades ago the neighbors had a keep up with the Jones' mentality which I frowned upon, but maybe the flip side is that wasn't such a bad mentality after all since it did make people keep up neighborhood appearances. What happened........damn!
Yes, that drive up north Broad gets pretty ugly, especially above Susquehanna. As for what happend, deindustrialization, poverty etc. Where did you live in West Oak Lane?
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Old 08-17-2013, 02:14 PM
 
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Wagners was on Broad Street just north of Olney Ave. Like almost every other ballroom it was driven out of existence by fire and safety regulations, and by the sky rocketing cost of insurance. Most of those places had ceased to exist by 1970. I am not sure exactly when Wagners went under but it was probably in the mid 60s. I went to Gehlarts Ballroom at 5th and Rockland until they closed
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Old 08-17-2013, 03:10 PM
 
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Yes, that drive up north Broad gets pretty ugly, especially above Susquehanna. As for what happend, deindustrialization, poverty etc. Where did you live in West Oak Lane?
Yeah you're right, seems like every factory closed down & jobs shipped over sea's. I lived on Church Ln.
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Old 08-18-2013, 07:34 AM
 
Location: Sierra Vista, AZ
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Many of those neighborhoods were dumps fifty years ago and are actually better now than then. I recall the former Masonic Home at Broad and Ontario had it's Guard Dogs stolen, twice. Temple has done a lot to improve that strip.
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