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Sorry that we haven’t updated for awhile. The outdoor lobby—– ticketbooth, pendant lights, poster cases and stucco have been restored. New poster cases that appear close to the cases in 1927 have been installed on the front façade.
With grants from the Commonwealth of PA, National Endowment for the Arts and National Trust for Historic Preservation, the project architect Mills + Schnoering is developing schematic design documents for the entire building. Contractor to be named in the near future.
TOUR & POUR
Historic Lansdowne Theater Opens Doors, Announces Vision
TOURSThe beloved Lansdowne Theater is opening its doors offering the curious a unique peek of the historic landmark that remains largely unchanged since its opening in the 1920’s. The public spaces—the grand theater complete with lit large main chandelier and the projection booth – will be open for tours and picture taking.
The tour marks an exciting milestone in the emerging plans to restore this grand theater. The premiere showing of a 5 minute promotional video about the future of the project will debut for Tour & Pour attendees.
POURSAttendees will receive a coupon upon entering the theater which will entitle them to discounted pints of Yards Beer at 2312 Garrett Restaurant in nearby Drexel Hill. (Directions from the theater to the restaurant will be provided.) A portion of the proceeds from all food and drink at the restaurant will go to the campaign to restore and reopen the theater.
WHO:OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
WHEN:TOURSSunday, November 6th / 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM
POURSSunday, November 6th / 4:30 PM – 9:00 PM
WHERE:TOURSHistoric Lansdowne Theater31 N. Lansdowne Avenue, Lansdowne610-622-1234
POURS2312 Garrett2312 Garrett Road, Drexel Hill610-626-9900
ETC: There is a $10 tax-deductible contribution per person for the tour. If you want to make a larger donation we would certainly be grateful. Please make checks payable to HLTC. All donations by check will be acknowledged in writing. There is plenty of free parking directly across the street from the theater. Children are invited to attend, but must be accompanied by a parent.
Lansdowne Theater receives grant to restore marquee
Lansdowne Theater Open House
June 4, 2011 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
$5 admission fee, payable at the door
Join us as the doors of The Lansdowne swing open for tours of the lobby, auditorium, stage and projection booth. Learn about the plans for the beloved building, and the history of one of the few remaining unaltered 1920s movie houses in the Philadephia region. Make sure to bring your camera!! The Lansdowne Farmers Market will be going across the street from the theater—stop in after you tour the theater.
The firm of Farewell Mills Gatsch have begun to develop plans/specifications and bid documents for the restoration of the Lansdowne Theater Marquee. The actual restoration work should start early spring and be completed in the early summer.
This project is funded by the Greater Lansdowne Civic Association and the Delaware County Office of Housing and Community Development. The Historic Lansdowne Theater Corporation continues to work to raise funding to fully restore the theater.
SAVE THE LANSDOWNE RALLY OCTOBER 3 AT 10:30 a.m.
Join Lansdowne for a rally in front of the historic Lansdowne Theater Corporation on Saturday October 3rd at 10:30 a.m. Attendees will pose in a group photograph to demonstrate their desire to see the theater restored and reopened.
Immediately following the photograph you will be able to sign up to become a volunteer and help to make the reopening of the theater a reality. You are invited to participate in a public briefing to be held in Cinema 16:9 immediately following the recording of the photograph.
The original marquee lasted only 4 or 5 years. We have located photographs from the early 30s that show the current marquee in place. We suspect that the original was removed because it did not allow for the name of the films to be displayed.
Looking for your Lansdowne Theater Stories
The Historic Lansdowne Theater Corporation is looking for your Lansdowne Theater story. Share memories of meeting friends at the theater. Was there a movie that you saw at the theater that changed your life? Did you work at the theater? Did you patronize or work at one of the businesses that occupied the retail or office spaces? If you have photographs of the theater we would love to see them. The best stories and photos will appear on the soon to be expanded www.LansdowneTheater.org
Send your stories to
Look for updates on the theater later this fall.