Lansdowne Theatre

31 N. Lansdowne Avenue,
Lansdowne Borough, PA 19050

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BigK01 on February 2, 2009 at 6:34 pm

I loved this theater as a kid I remember seeing snow white here when was about 4 or 5 in 1984 or 85.

HowardBHaas on August 20, 2008 at 8:06 pm

Today’s exterior photo by Rob Bender:

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HowardBHaas on June 13, 2008 at 10:37 am

June, 2008

Dear Friends of Film in Lansdowne:

At long last, after more than 20 years, movies have come back to Lansdowne! Our wonderful arts community now has its own intimate, 30-seat microcinema/screening room right in the heart of the central business district. You are invited to join us for the Lansdowne Sofa Cinema Premiere this Saturday, 6/14 as follows:

6:45: Cry of the Snow Lionâ€"a breathtakingly beautiful and engaging film about Tibet and its people, featuring the Dalai Lama.

8:45: Reception with Tsering Wangdi, President of the Tibetan Association of Philadelphia who is working on the July appearance of the Dalai Lama in Philadelphia;

9:115 Cry of the Snow Lion, 2nd showing.

For one $ 5 fee, you may attend either screening and head Mr. Wangdi. Refreshments are also available.

The showing will take place at our first home, the Lansdowne Baptist Church, corner of Lansdowne and LaCrosse. There is free parking in the church lot.

We are delighted to present Lansdowne’s first film venture in two decades in a fun and engaging way. Advance tickets may be purchased this Saturday at the Sofa Cinema booth at the Lansdowne Farmers Market or at the door. For further information, please call: (215) 601-1138. For future features, please visit our website at: If you or your organization would like to work with the Sofa Cinema Committee or sponsor a particular film for your group, we would be happy to work with you.

Come and support film and fun in Lansdowne! See you at the movies!!

Gary Chilutti, Manager

Main Street Lansdowne

Lansdowne Economic Development Corporation

Lansdowne Sofa Cinema is a project of the Lansdowne Main Street Program under sponsorship of the Lansdowne Economic Development Corporation, a non-profit corporation under Section 501 c 3 of the IRS Code. The LEDC receives support from the PA Department of Community and Economic Development, the Borough of Lansdowne and numerous local businesses, philanthropic foundations and corporations. For more information, visit our website at:

HowardBHaas on February 12, 2008 at 5:55 pm

Thanks to Barry Goodkin for sharing his exterior photo of June 23, 1985 during run of “Witness” (filmed in Philadelphia area)during annual Conclave visit to Philadelphia area by Theatre Historical Society of America:
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Moi on February 3, 2008 at 9:40 pm

A web site. Very little info so far, but stay tuned!

kencmcintyre on February 3, 2008 at 5:04 pm

Here are a couple of photos. The first is undated, maye circa 1920s. The second is an expansion of a thumbnail posted by Lost Memory on 11/10/04:

Moi on November 22, 2007 at 9:06 am

From the Lansdowne Borough Council minutes, June 6 2007:

“Mr. Lee mentioned that the Lansdowne Theater sign is in disrepair and action is necessary. Mr. Travers stated that several citations have been issued and the building has been sold to the LEDC/GLCA partnership.”

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.?

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.

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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


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.