Tower Theater

19 S. 69th Street,
Upper Darby, PA 19082

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Opened on October 1, 1928 as a movie and vaudeville showplace, the Tower Theater was reborn in the 1970’s as a premier venue for concerts.

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HowardBHaas on May 4, 2011 at 1:15 pm

Today’s Philadelphia Inquirer article states that Ray Murray and Clair Brown began offering a repertory film program at the Tower in the summer of 1981. A few months later they converted the Theater of Living Arts on South St in Phila. to a repertory movie house.

HowardBHaas on May 4, 2011 at 1:16 pm

oops. that’s Claire Brown.

Michael R. Rambo Jr.
Michael R. Rambo Jr. on November 3, 2011 at 4:32 pm

Who owned the Tower Theatre before William Goldman Theatres?

HowardBHaas on November 3, 2011 at 4:37 pm

The 4th Q 2008 Marquee of THSA states the “Freihofer-Stamper Theatres' Tower was constructed….”

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Michael R. Rambo Jr. on November 3, 2011 at 4:41 pm

I have a old Philadelphia Inquirer movie theatre ad 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

edison on March 17, 2012 at 9:21 pm

I lived in Philadelphia from 1987 to 1996 and got to see some fine live performances at some great venues (The Keswick, TLA, The Tower). I only attended one show at The Tower and I wish I had gone more often. What a great theater. I saw Frank Zappa play there on Valentines Day 1988 and it sounded incredible.

FJP on August 18, 2012 at 6:50 am

saw many shows and some movies at the Tower starting in the 70’s. Went back last year for two shows (now live 2 hours away). Hope to add more remember many great nights there. Love the “Tower Theater Midnight Sun Memories” group. Mott, Bruce Bowie

rivest266 on May 31, 2014 at 11:33 am

no mention of its grand opening in the amusements section of the Inquirer of October 1st, 1928 at

DavidZornig on February 7, 2015 at 6:24 pm

June 14, 1972 photo added to Photo’s Section of first concert at the Tower. Dave Mason & Buzzy Linhart.

Photo via 11/20/14 link below, though the photo date is from Wikipedia. Copy & Paste to view article.

hdtv267 on April 27, 2015 at 4:17 am

The WWE’s website is listing the “Tower Theaters” as the venue for their NXT developmental program, which currently is bringing shows outside of their Florida base. Tickets for the event go on sale May 1st. Event takes place on May 14th.

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