Towne Theater

Levittown Parkway,
Levittown, PA 19053

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Built in the early-1950’s when Levittown Shopping Center (Shop-a-Rama) was created on the Levittown Parkway. The 1,036-seat Towne Theater was designed by Philadelphia architect David Supowitz and opened in spring of 1954. The best in first run movies and a Saturday matinee for the kids. The place to take your date every weekend, lots of parking next to the theater.

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acer42 on July 18, 2007 at 5:51 pm

The Towne Theatre was my neighborhood movie house. It opened in the spring of 1954 with the film “The River of No Return” starring Marilyn Monroe and Robert Mitchum. I attended the first “kiddie” matinee the Saturday following it’s opening. The feature was an animated film, “Johnny the Giant Killer”, a grade Z dubbed film from France. Went there many times. It sat idol for quite some some before demolition in the late 90s. Thw whole Levittown Shopping Center is now a memory. So sad!

kencmcintyre on September 25, 2007 at 2:52 pm

Here is a November 1968 ad from the Bucks County Courier Times:

Has39 on February 7, 2008 at 9:07 am

The only theatre in the heart of Levittown unless you had your parents drive you up to the huge Route 1 theatre. I remember the original Disney “Herbie the Lovebug” playing at the Towne. Out front they had a real Herbie VW on display on the sidewalk-so cool! Also remember trying to sneak in those big steel side doors. When they knocked it down I happened to be driving by. I bluffed my way on the job site and grabbed some of the stones that were part of the front facade. I gave them out to my siblings and kept one for myself. I now have my own Towne Theatre rock in my back yard garden. Good times!

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 27, 2009 at 1:51 am

The Towne Theatre was featured in this two-page spread in Boxoffice, July 3, 1954. One of the first theaters built after the introduction of CinemaScope, it boasted a screen 54 feet wide and 24 feet high. Built for independent operator Melvin J. Fox’s Fox Theatres Inc., the 1,036-seat house was designed by Philadelphia architect David Supowitz.

brian j bogansky
brian j bogansky on October 18, 2010 at 5:48 pm

i loved going to the towne theater. i miss seeing the wizard of oz poster across from the snack bar. the towne theater was the only theater at the time to have vending machines in the lobby. i have been looking for photos and video if the theater, other than the 20 minute film “our home town” produced in 1954, which only shows the exterior of the theater. if anyone has any photos or old home movies of the towne theater, please let me know, i am in the process of writing a book based on movie theaters located in and around the levittown area. thanks.

wwleach on July 31, 2012 at 11:32 am

does anyone have naything left of the theatre? I owuld be willing to purchase.

brianj on May 18, 2014 at 7:03 pm

anyone have any interior photos or any photos from when it was demolished?

rivest266 on May 28, 2014 at 3:56 pm

November 27th, 1974 reopening ad as a twin in the photo section.

wwleach on September 18, 2014 at 1:37 pm

Anyone have anything to sell from the theatre? My dad was the manager for years and my mom worked the booth. It was my dad that rented the “Herbie the Love Bug” and put it out front. They also use to put on horror shows with people dressed as vampires etc. to scare you while you watched the film.

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