69th Street Theater

700 Terminal Square,
Upper Darby, PA 19082

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TheALAN
TheALAN on January 28, 2014 at 7:08 pm

On the outside, all traces of the 69th Street Theater have been removed and the building has been returned to its original appearance. On the inside, the theater remains, as the Overflow Theater. Operated by Inner-City Movement, a Christ based non-profit, the theater is a workshop designed to equip youth in evangelism and peer discipleship through theater arts. Live productions are presented. Apartments, offices and retail occupy the rest of the building.

TheALAN
TheALAN on January 28, 2014 at 6:22 pm

The accompanying map would put the theater at 7926 West Chester Pike (@ Carol Boulevard), nine blocks from its actual location. Someone is in need of geography lessons!

The correct address is: 7000 Terminal Square — Upper Darby PA 19082-2329.

Mikeoaklandpark
Mikeoaklandpark on April 26, 2013 at 8:22 pm

Please update status to open live theater.

Mikeoaklandpark
Mikeoaklandpark on April 26, 2013 at 8:20 pm

It was Bobbc316 in the late 60’s early 70’s they did have boxing.

bobc316
bobc316 on April 25, 2013 at 8:39 pm

not sure mike, i wasnt too familiar with 69th st i heard it was used for boxing so on

Mikeoaklandpark
Mikeoaklandpark on April 25, 2013 at 8:01 pm

Bobc316 did you know it reopened briefly in 1981?

bobc316
bobc316 on April 25, 2013 at 7:57 pm

mike, your right last movie at 69th st theatre was great race in 1965 thats when it closed!

bobc316
bobc316 on February 10, 2013 at 7:44 am

i have a movie program from the 69th st theatre circa 1922. and the theatre was built in 1921

Mikeoaklandpark
Mikeoaklandpark on February 8, 2013 at 6:26 pm

That would be great. I would be curious George to know if the origianl cutains and screen still exist.

George Quirk
George Quirk on February 8, 2013 at 4:54 pm

I couldn’t tell if they had them from the pictures I saw for sure, but I think they might be gone. I wonder since they have their main office in the building if they would allow someone to go in and take pictures to post on Cinema Treasures.

Mikeoaklandpark
Mikeoaklandpark on February 8, 2013 at 4:29 pm

From what I can tell it looks like it could be the original stage.The screen was on a stage. Do they still have the side boxes in the orchestra?

George Quirk
George Quirk on February 7, 2013 at 8:08 pm

Looks like balcony is intact but not used and lower auditorium was completely gutted, old seats removed and only 300 new seats placed in front of a stage. There are pictures and grainy video on their facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/innercitymovement/timeline

Mikeoaklandpark
Mikeoaklandpark on February 7, 2013 at 7:27 pm

So is the auditorium intact as far as the stage and screen?

George Quirk
George Quirk on February 7, 2013 at 5:37 pm

In 2009, ICMovement acquired a permanent home in a theater, formerly known as the 69th Street Theater, located in Upper Darby, PA. The theater was structurally sound but in need of major repairs due to 30 years of disuse. With the tireless help of over 150 individuals and businesses over a seven-month period, Phase One renovations was completed. In May 2010, the organization was granted a 300-person occupancy permit, which allowed for the doors to be opened to the youth and the community.

With a clear mission of utilizing the facility to significantly impact the physical, emotional, social, and spiritual health of under-served youth to the degree that the impact overflows into their families, communities, and city, the theater was renamed The Overflow Theater. http://www.icmovement.org/about/meet

Mikeoaklandpark
Mikeoaklandpark on October 12, 2012 at 8:20 pm

I knew it was the early 80’s the first film they played was Brubaker with Robert Redford. I would love to see the newspaper ad if yu cold add it to the photos.

bobc316
bobc316 on October 12, 2012 at 8:00 pm

hey mike i have a 1982 newspaper 69th st theatre was still used and movies still played

Mikeoaklandpark
Mikeoaklandpark on October 12, 2012 at 7:37 pm

Information aboove need to be updated. The theater closed in 1965. The last film to play there was The Great Race with Tony Curtis. In the late 60’s early 70’s they held boxing matches there. For a short time in 1981 the theater reopened by a local guy Rusty A Miller who also reopened the Benn in West Phila and The Esquie in Northeast Phill;y. Unfortunately the 69th St days were shortly lived due to handicap laws.The womans restroom was upstairs and the mens was down in the basement. Rusty also owned the Waverly in Drexel Hill. Please change info on the closing date.

bobc316
bobc316 on October 11, 2012 at 6:07 pm

the PARK THEATRE was built in 1922 since i saw the cornerstone! it closed in the late 1950s early 60s. i had to re correct myself. the theatre was the park self storage stone building.

bobc316
bobc316 on August 12, 2012 at 8:07 pm

just found a 1922 movie program from the 69th st theatre silent movie musical called theDICTATOR

bobc316
bobc316 on July 21, 2011 at 7:35 pm

whotony the address is 7000 market st the building looks the same built in 1900 and the movie theatre was 1920s

bobc316
bobc316 on July 9, 2011 at 2:28 am

hey mike i added a pic of what 69th st theatre looks like now do u think theres any theatre memoralbilia left inside there lol

Mikeoaklandpark
Mikeoaklandpark on July 9, 2011 at 1:51 am

The apartments were above the theater and had a seperate enterance on the side. This theater had a great screen and beautiful curtians. Back in the 60’s they closed the curtains after each movie andafter the previes before the next feature started. I loved this theater.

bobc316
bobc316 on July 8, 2011 at 9:59 pm

hey mike was the theatre attached to the apartment building ? or was it seperated by an allie way or something. could u go into the theatre to apartments or go to the side doors

Mikeoaklandpark
Mikeoaklandpark on July 8, 2011 at 9:29 pm

This theater actually had a great auditorium and huge balcony. It also had box sections on orchestra level that were great. They never used theose or the balcony. I was 8 years old when they closed.

bobc316
bobc316 on July 8, 2011 at 6:58 pm

i asked an older gentleman about the 69th st theatre he said the layout was weired, girls bathroom upstairs boys bathroom downstairs. he said the audithorium was in the basement lol .