Lansdowne Theatre

31 N. Lansdowne Avenue,
Lansdowne Borough, PA 19050

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Moi on November 4, 2007 at 4:19 pm

The mayor of Lansdowne told me!

HowardBHaas on November 4, 2007 at 3:21 pm

Where is this “fact” from?

Moi on November 4, 2007 at 2:43 pm

It is a fact that it has been sold, but I still have not heard any concrete plans or info about next steps! I had the chance to enter the theater a few months ago (I noticed that the front door was open,so I went inside.) The place is absolutely beautiful, but totally trashed. There is mouldy carpet, and bits of fallen plaster everywhere. It will take enormous work to bring it back to life.

paxnovus on November 3, 2007 at 8:47 am

I went religiously to this theater and the Waverly in Drexel Hill as a kid and a young adult….very fond memories…
Hopefully this will be reopened for it’s original purpose….

HowardBHaasEsq on October 14, 2007 at 4:03 pm

Closed as the Intro says, no current use pending consideration of how to reopen. That’s been the status since closure.

spectrum on October 14, 2007 at 2:53 pm

The entry at indicates the the theatre is open – even lists a phone number. No info on what it’s current use is.

theclar on July 2, 2007 at 12:26 pm

Moi did you hear anything more?

Moi on May 29, 2007 at 5:53 pm

I heard this weekend that the theater has been sold. Does anyone have any information— who, what are the plans, etc.?

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on January 9, 2007 at 9:34 am

Added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1987

Lansdowne Theatre (added 1987 – Building – #86003575)
29 N. Lansdowne Ave., Lansdowne
Historic Significance: Architecture/Engineering
Architect, builder, or engineer: Lee,William H.
Architectural Style: Mission/Spanish Revival
Area of Significance: Architecture
Period of Significance: 1925-1949
Owner: Private
Historic Function: Recreation And Culture
Historic Sub-function: Theater
Current Function: Recreation And Culture
Current Sub-function: Theater

jdhouston on November 19, 2006 at 5:56 am

oh yeah, those fun “blue laws”. You also couldn’t buy some types of food, like pizza and hand-made sandwiches.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 7, 2006 at 1:17 am

I think people from Florida are coming up to do a recount. It could end up in the Supreme Court. :)

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 6, 2006 at 5:11 pm

November 2, 1955

“Lansdowne will vote on Sunday movies question

Whether Lansdowne Borough will continue to ban movies on Sunday will be up to the voters when they go to the polls Tuesday.

The Lansdowne Theater is closed on Sundays by borough ordinance. A petition was circulated earlier this fall under the encouragement of the Stanley-Warner Theater chain, urging a referendum on Sunday movies. The legality of the petition was challenged by the Lansdowne Council of Churches, but County Court ruled, instead, that the churches' appeal didn’t conform to legal requirements.

Neither borough political party is taking any stand on the question. The GOP has maintained a strict “hands off” attitude, and the Democrats this week came out with a denial of Republican charges that only Democrats signed the petition.

In a press statement by the Lansdowne Democratic Committee this week, the minority party called the charge “absolutely not true,” and said, “Politics was not the issue here. The American way of allowing a community to vote for a measure was the issue.”

Spearheading opposition to the Sunday movies is the Council of Churches. Other groups have joined the opposition – the Woman’s Club, Junior Woman’s Club and Mothers-in-Council. No organization in the borough has come out for Sunday movies, but most have remained uncommitted".

George Quirk
George Quirk on November 6, 2006 at 4:49 pm

This link will give you the history and pictures of the Lansdowne Theater Organ
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tomdelay on September 18, 2006 at 3:00 pm

It is my understanding the original 3 manual 8 rank Kimball organ was broken up for parts. We heard the organ played by the late Lowell Ayers at the 1976 ATOS Convention. Gads, that’s 30 years ago!

jdhouston on September 17, 2006 at 6:46 pm

The theater interior was in really bad shape in the early ‘80s. There were big holes in the theater
roof that let light and rain in. Buckets were underneath portions of the holes to catch rain,
and some seating areas were roped off because of plaster that looked like it would fall.

After years of second-run movies and $1 special days, the wear on the seats and floor was
really high with a lot of leftover bubble gum and dirt.

Despite all that, I still have fond memories of matinees and the organ playing in this theater.

iconstructure on September 16, 2005 at 9:22 am

The Greater Lansdowne Civic Association has announced that it has procured 900000 to assist a developer in renovating the space. So if any body has any good ideas contact them.

longislandmovies on March 11, 2005 at 8:07 pm


Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 10, 2004 at 8:54 am

I hope that I’m not confusing this theater with another Lansdowne Theatre. The above address doesn’t map correctly. There is a listing for a Lansdowne Theater located at 31 N Lansdowne Ave, Lansdowne, PA 19050. This theater is listed as a live theater and it is open.

Also, I found some old photo’s of this theater but they are thumbnails. To view the larger photo’s you must be a paying member.
View link

RickB on November 10, 2004 at 7:56 am

Wasn’t this the theater that was the home of “Moron Movies?” They were a series of very short comedy films made by a guy named Len Cella, in his basement more or less…he strung them together and made a midnight-show feature out of them. Eventually he got some of them shown on the Tonight Show.

Mikeoaklandpark on August 26, 2004 at 5:23 am

I grew up in Clifton Hgts and would love to have follow up information on this theater.

longislandmovies on August 25, 2004 at 9:36 pm

anyone on this theatre/ looking for info