Parkwood Theatre

Academy Road & Byberry Road,
Philadelphia, PA 19154

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Parkwood Theatre Artist's Rendering.

It had to seat almost 1,000 people. Last time I remember it being opened it was a dollar theatre. It was located in northeast Philadelphia, PA. It was located in the Parkwood Shopping Center.

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Mikeoaklandpark on January 19, 2005 at 4:19 pm

The Parkwood had 70mm capability and would show 2nd run films even as a dollar house in 70mm

Michael R. Rambo Jr.
Michael R. Rambo Jr. on February 4, 2005 at 12:09 am

The Parkwood Theatre was located on the NE corner of Acamdey and Byberry Road, as one of 2 anchors of Parkwood Shopping Center, the other anchor was A&P Supermarkets. This theatre opened in 1963. In the 1970’s, this theatre was twinned, and was closed by 1985. The community this theatre served is now served by the AMC Franklin Mills 14 Theatre. Today a Rite Aid Pharmacy and offices occupy the theatre building, and the original “Parkwood” lettering from the theatre is now located at the Parkwood Youth Orginazation building, located at Dunks Ferry & Mechanicsville Rd.

mh052 on February 24, 2005 at 2:38 am

The Parkwood Theater was the Far Northeast (Phila.)’s answer to the lower Northeast’s Orleans (a William Goldman theater). Unlike another Far Northeast theater, the Leo (operated by real estate developer Leo Posel), the Parkwood delivered more on its 70mm capacity claim than the Leo, although not as much as the Orleans. Opened in 1964 with “What A Way To Go!”. Notable 70mm attractions: “Fall Of The Roman Empire”, “West Side Story” (reissue), “My Fair Lady”, and “The Exorcist”, (reissues; during its later $1 at all times phase). Also: “Superman” (also $1 at all times), and “Outland” ($1@all times; after conversion as a “twin”).

Michael R. Rambo Jr.
Michael R. Rambo Jr. on February 26, 2005 at 4:54 am

When the Leo Theatre closed its doors in the 1980’s, it was not owned by Leo Posel at that point. In 1980 Leo Postel sold the Leo Theatre to American Multi-Cinema Inc. (AMC Theatres), thus marking AMC’s entetry in the Philadelphia region, along with them buying the Bucks County Mall Colonial Theatre, The Premiere Theatre, and The Woodhaven Mall 4 Theatre.

Parkwood, when it finally closed, was owned by RAM Theatre, which also owned, at that point, The Wavery Theatre in Drexel Hill, PA

JamesCraven on August 29, 2005 at 9:39 am

Today, the area where the Parkwood once was has shops and offices.

Michael R. Rambo Jr.
Michael R. Rambo Jr. on August 29, 2005 at 11:33 pm

These stores, including Rite Aid, and offices were built right in the Parkwood Theatre building. I lived in Parkwood back in 1973-90 when this theatre was opened and when this conversion to stores and offices took place.

john daggett
john daggett on March 29, 2010 at 1:28 am

This theatre was originally privately owne & was dated prior to the failure of Liberty Bell Race Track. I managed this theatre in the mid 1960’s. This was prior to me joining Mert & Sam Shapiro & their Sameric (ERIC) Theatre Corporation.

DavidZornig on April 26, 2014 at 4:45 am

Just added an artist’s rendering.

TheALAN on February 10, 2015 at 1:39 am

In what style was the Parkwood Theatre designed and who were the architects? Also, when in the 1970’s was it twinned and when in 1985 did it close? Please share if you can, and thanks!

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