AMC Orleans 8

2247 Bleigh Street,
Philadelphia, PA 19152

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The Orleans Theatre was opened in 1963 by local movie operator William Goldman.

Budco acquired Goldman Theatres in 1972, and they twinned the Orleans Theatre later that year. Two smaller screens were added to the original building in 1980, and four screens were added in the back of a Pathmark Supermarket in 1984.

AMC Theatres acquired the Budco theater chain in 1986. It was closed in 2007 and demolished.

Contributed by Michael R. Rambo Jr.

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TheaterBuff1 on January 1, 2008 at 10:13 pm

Hughie, scroll back and you’ll see the photo links that Eddie Jacobs posted several weeks ago showing various stages of its demolition, or assassination perhaps I should say.

And with anti-movie theater presidential candidate Osama Bin Laden — OOPS! I mean, Barrack Obama — leading in the 2008 Iowa Caucus, if he does prevail in this year’s presidential elections it’s going to be bad news for movie theaters all across America, with what happened to the DuPage Theater which had been located in his Illinois senatorial district just a sampler. I call this trend the “rolling darkness” and count the Orleans' recent demolition as part of that sad sad movement.

Eddiej1984 on January 1, 2008 at 10:17 pm

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There is the link again, from December 12th, 2007 of the orleans being demolished.

Patrick H Friel
Patrick H Friel on January 2, 2008 at 5:59 pm

Eddie, thank you very much for taking the time to take the pictures and re-posting the link.

A sad site, indeed.

Patrick Crowley
Patrick Crowley on January 5, 2008 at 6:10 pm

Guys… let’s take this discussion offline for a while.


Eddiej1984 on June 17, 2011 at 8:31 pm

So 3 and a half years later and we can comment again! (I hope, if this goes thru) While I do miss the convience of the AMC Orleans 8, its time was up, if it got a nice renovation sometime in the 90s or even early 2000s it could’ve still been here today, but either way we have the memories of it. I do enjoy the Target there (which has been opened for over 2 years now) I won’t lie, and the last movie I would see at the orleans was the simpsons movie.

TheALAN on July 4, 2013 at 8:53 am

The Orleans was a prefabbed monstrosity. The Fox (2,423 seats), Stanley (2,916 seats), Boyd (2,450 seats), Oxford, 1,964 seats), Erlanger (1,890 seats), Uptown (2,040 seats) are only a few of Philadelphia’s grand movie palaces of the past. Comparing the Orleans is contemptible! Any quality Orleans might have possessed was destroyed when Budco split it in two. And adding four screens to the back of a grocery store never seemed to fit. There are great memories associated with the Orleans but certainly not for the building itself. Rest in peace you pile of rubble.

rivest266 on May 19, 2014 at 11:42 am

Tiny grand opening ad in the photo section as well as from its source at

robboehm on December 26, 2014 at 9:43 am

rivest266 is Mike Rivest from Montreal, Canada who has created his own website of theaters in the United States and Canada which is available on a down loadable spreadsheet at He has amassed some very interesting material on US theaters figuring he lives in a different country.

TheALAN on April 9, 2015 at 2:43 pm

The Cottman-Bustleton Center is on Cottman Avenue (2139), not Bleigh Avenue!

dawnd on June 20, 2015 at 7:50 pm

I remember Mom dropping us kids off for an afternoon at the movies. We each got one dollar. It was 50 cents to get in, and then we had 50 cents to spend on a candy and a drink. Those were the days!

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