Leo Mall Twin

11801 Bustleton Avenue,
Philadelphia, PA 19116

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Leo Mall Twin

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Located on Bustleton Avenue between Byberry Road and Hendrix Street, the Leo Mall Twin was quite the dandy little theater in the pre-multiplex days.

It opened in 1964 as the Leo Theatre, a single screen operation. In 1980 it became the Leo Mall Twin when AMC took over the property at the same time as the Bucks Colonial, the Woodhaven, and the Premiere (which turned out to be a hell of a pick-up, eh?)), but this one time I saw a double feature of “Cloak and Dagger” and “The Last Starfighter” there, which was awesome. Also, I do recall “E.T.” playing there for almost a full year.

Closed at the end of 1990, the building itself still remains, it became a Chinese buffet, and by 2013 a Four Seasons restaurant. As for the Leo Mall itself (it was nothing more than a glorified shopping center with a ceiling), it has survived over the years.

Any additional info would be appreciated, because I spent an uncountable number of hours in this bizarre little “parking lot” theater.

Contributed by Scott Weinberg

Recent comments (view all 16 comments)

Michael R. Rambo Jr.
Michael R. Rambo Jr. on November 23, 2006 at 3:33 pm

The AMC Premiere Twin was closed 5 years before AMC Neshaminy 24 even was built.

ronnie21 on May 20, 2010 at 5:43 pm

wow, cool.. 1988 wonder how much long it lasted after that?

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on August 14, 2010 at 5:53 pm

I like that twin with the mod seventies look,like ronnie said “wow,Cool”.

gbell on September 28, 2010 at 2:01 pm

I was an Usher and then a Projectionist Trainee at the Leo when I was just a kid(15); I rode my bike all the way from Davisville Rd. in Warminster to rip tickets and watch free movies; back then we helped people to their seats and paged patrons during shows, long before cell phones… I worked originally for Posel and then AMC all through high school and two years of college. Great memories…

calcynic on October 17, 2010 at 9:58 am

I lived on Sewell Rd as a little kid (1953-1964) and we used to play and build underground forts and treeforts in the woods running from Stevens Rd. to Bustleton Ave. These woods were also our shortcut to Lumar Shopping center. We’d hit Lumar Drugs for Lime Rickeys from their fountain and then hit the A&P to smell the fresh ground 8 o'clock coffee. One horrible day, bulldozers were clearing the trees and grading the dirt that held our forts, destroying everything we built. I hated that theater’s very existence. Never set foot inside it. Went to the Orleans, Mayfair or Merben instead.

ronnie21 on February 26, 2011 at 6:27 pm

The Prey played here in 1984 June to be exact…

ronnie21 on August 24, 2012 at 9:08 am

research i conducted that this closed at the very end of 1990….

TheALAN on December 27, 2013 at 7:29 pm

In 1964, Ramon L. Posel (1928-2005), an art-cinema proponent and real estate developer, opened his first theatre, the Leo, on Bustleton Avenue in Somerton. The single-screen theatre was named for his father, who owned seven movie houses. In 1980, the Leo became the AMC Leo Mall Twin when AMC Theatres acquired the property. The Leo closed at the end of 1990. A Chinese buffet had occupied the space for a while. At the end of 2012 and after extensive renovations, it reopened as the Four Seasons Diner, Bistro and Bakery.

TheALAN on December 27, 2013 at 8:24 pm

I don’t remember what the Leo Mall looked like in 1964 when the Leo theatre opened but the mall still exists today with The Home Depot & Net Cost Market as its anchors.

Michael R. Rambo Jr.
Michael R. Rambo Jr. on March 16, 2015 at 9:48 am

The Net Coat Market started out as Food Fair. The home Depot replaced the old J. M. Fields/The Dry Goods building, the mall itself, and the Warner Drugs/Rite Aid Pharmacy building.

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