Leo Mall Twin

11801 Bustleton Avenue,
Philadelphia, PA 19116

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Michael R. Rambo Jr.
Michael R. Rambo Jr. on March 16, 2015 at 12:48 pm

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.

TheALAN on December 27, 2013 at 11:24 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.

TheALAN on December 27, 2013 at 10:29 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.

ronnie21 on August 24, 2012 at 12:08 pm

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

ronnie21 on February 26, 2011 at 9:27 pm

The Prey played here in 1984 June to be exact…

calcynic on October 17, 2010 at 12:58 pm

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.

gbell on September 28, 2010 at 5:01 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…

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on August 14, 2010 at 8:53 pm

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

ronnie21 on May 20, 2010 at 8:43 pm

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

Michael R. Rambo Jr.
Michael R. Rambo Jr. on November 23, 2006 at 6:33 pm

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

Michael R. Rambo Jr.
Michael R. Rambo Jr. on September 16, 2006 at 10:29 am

The 2 best examples of former Budco Theatres that are now AMC Theatres are:

William Goldman’s Orleans Theatre (AMC Orleans 8 Theatre)
Budco 309 Cinema Theatre (AMC 309 Cinema 9 Theatre)

Other theatres that were Budco/AMc and are still operating are:

Bryn Mawr Film Institude (Goldman’s/Budco/AMC Bryn Mawr Theatre)
Prince Music Theatre (William Goldman/Budco/AMC Midtown Theatre)

WKraftsow on September 14, 2006 at 12:27 pm

Your memory is correct, the Leo was a single theatre originally and was twinned in the manner you speak of. My memories of the Leo, Colonial and Premiere were that they were nice theatres, but not exceptional theatres. I do recall that for a while, before they became AMC theatres, many of the AMC theatres were owned by Budco. The Orleans theatre is such an example.

HowardB on September 14, 2006 at 9:06 am

The Leo, Colonial, and Premiere were all single screen theaters originally and were all twinned by the time I moved to Philly in 1979. I am guessing they were all pretty nice theaters before being
twinned. The Leo wasn’t too bad as a twin, but I don’t recall movable
masking, etc. The Premiere was actually located inside the Neshaminy
Mall and closed to make way for the AMC Neshaminy 24. The Colonial
was also located inside a mall and I remember always having to sit
fairly close to the screens as they were relatively small. All these theaters, if my memory is correct, were twinned by dividing down the
center, creating relatively narrow auditoriums. Would love to hear
about how they were pre twinning.

Michael R. Rambo Jr.
Michael R. Rambo Jr. on September 14, 2006 at 8:30 am

The Leo Mall Theatre, as well as the Bucks Mall Colonial Theatre, and the Premiere Theatre, were owned by Ramon Posel, who sold these three theatres to Stanley Durwood’s American Multi Cinema Inc. in early 1980.

At one point, after the AMC Leo Mall Twin closed, there was a mini Channel Home Repair store in the Leo Theatre building, which was across from the former Pantry Pride supermarket and JM Fields/The Dry Goods/Big K Mart department store.

WKraftsow on September 14, 2006 at 6:54 am

The Leo Mall, the Leo Theatres, and the Krewstown Shopping Center (also in N.E. Philly) were owned by Posel Management. The late Mr. Ramon Posel also created the Ritz Theatre chain.