UA Movies 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.

Contributed by Howard B Haas

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Mikeoaklandpark
Mikeoaklandpark on May 13, 2010 at 6:55 pm

Growing up as a child there were 3 theaters in 69th st. The Tower, The Terminal and The 69th st. The Terminal and 69th St were Stanley Warner Theaters. The Tower was a William Goldman Theater. Evetually the Tower was sold to Ellis theaters. The 69th street closed in 1965 and had a brief reopening in 1982 as RAM 69th st. Due to handicap restrcitons the thetaer didn’t last. The Terminal was closed in the 90’s when they remodeled the bus terminal. It was run by the Sameric chain from the late 60’s until it’s closing.

Michael R. Rambo Jr.
Michael R. Rambo Jr. on November 3, 2011 at 11:39 pm

I have a old Philadelphia Inquirer from June 1943 that has the Terminal Theatre as a William Goldman Theatre, and the Tower Theatre and 69th Street Theatre as a Stanley Warner Theatre. I would have to assume that in the early 1950’s Stanley Warner and William Goldman swapped the Terminal Theatre and the Tower Theatre

rivest266
rivest266 on January 3, 2013 at 6:54 pm

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

Mikeoaklandpark
Mikeoaklandpark on January 4, 2013 at 4:28 pm

Staus above needs to be changed to closed.

Mikeoaklandpark
Mikeoaklandpark on January 4, 2013 at 4:31 pm

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
Mikeoaklandpark on January 4, 2013 at 6:54 pm

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.

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