Studio Movie Grill at 69th Street

53 South 69th Street,
Upper Darby, PA 19082

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The UA Movies at 69th Street is immediately outside Philadelphia (at its western suburbs) in Upper Darby in Delaware County, one block from Septa’s transportation station known as the 69th Street Terminal.

The movie theater is one block from the 69th Street Terminal in a historic shopping corridor that also includes the historic Tower Theatre movie palace (now open only for concerts). A major newspaper ad states that “Free Lighted Parking” is provided.

With more than 2,000 seats, the movie theatre opened on Christmas Day 1992, returning movie theaters to an area that had previously had single screen theaters for decades.

Appropriately enough for a shopping area that has many Art Deco buildings, the theater’s exterior is neo-Deco. There are nine auditoriums, which are “shoebox”-style screening rooms rather than the auditoriums with stadium seating and very large screens found in today’s megaplexes.

It was closed in mid-December 2012. It reopened July 23, 2015 as a Studio Movie Grill with 9 auditoriums and a bar.

Contributed by Howard B Haas

Recent comments (view all 12 comments)

rivest266 on January 3, 2013 at 10:54 am

This has now closed. Was it open on January 1st, 2013 or not. The Yelp reviews for this theatre was only one star.

Mikeoaklandpark on January 4, 2013 at 8:28 am

Staus above needs to be changed to closed.

Mikeoaklandpark on January 4, 2013 at 8:31 am

Just went to Regal’s web site and the theater is not showing. Up Regal does have a multiplex in NewTown Square which is probably why they closed this theater. It’s about 10 miles away and in a much better area.

Mikeoaklandpark on January 4, 2013 at 10:54 am

I grew up in the area and this was the palce we went to the movies on Saturday. We had 3 great old movie theaters in Uopoer Darby, the Tower, which is stillopen as a concert venue, the Terminal which was demolished when they remodeled the bus terminal and the Stanley Warner 69th St which closed around 1965 and is now a apartment building. Those were the good old days.

HowardBHaas on April 3, 2015 at 1:33 pm

will be reopened in April as a Studio Movie Grill with 9 auditoriums, an eating area, and a bar with an American grill menu

Mikeoaklandpark on April 5, 2015 at 1:38 pm

Great news Howard. The area is coming back with this opening and the old 69th Street theater now Theater 7000 and of course long live the Tower.

HowardBHaas on May 29, 2015 at 4:20 am

Inquirer article 2 days ago says late July 2015 opening expected

alps on June 3, 2015 at 5:49 pm

My advice to the new management, security, security, security! I am not being cynical but if you let a patronage of individuals, whom you cannot reason with, destroy this theater as they did with the UA and the UA Cheltenham. The Cinemark on 40th St, has a curfew to keep little hellions out of the theater after 9:00 PM.

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