Harwan Theatre

7 N. Black Horse Pike,
Mount Ephraim, NJ 08059

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Harwan Theatre

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Opened on Thanksgiving Day 1930, this theatre was a big part of Mount Ephraim —
A great place for the kids to go to refrain from trouble and loitering around the 7-11.

The theatre is a brick building containing only one screen. The inside isn’t that pleasing to the eye nor is it that attractive, but it served its purpose. It was renamed Harwan Theatre in 1970 after the family that had built and operated it.

Recently renovated and restored, the theater was unfortunately closed in August of 2006 and was demolished in 2007.

Contributed by Jade Szymanski, Dave Amodei

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rave323
rave323 on November 12, 2007 at 7:15 pm

I remember seeing the Dark Crystal here in the early 80s. This is very sad news. I live in Delaware now, but, was looking forward to visiting this theater again soon. It only makes us treasure the theaters we still have even more.

nonsportsnut
nonsportsnut on May 9, 2009 at 9:09 am

I’m a member of the Three Stooges Fan Club in Pennsylvania. The Club is presently trying to document personal appearances of the Three Stooges. In today’s (May 9. 2009) Philadelphia Daily News, Jason Nark ( ) wrote a great article (pp 6 & 13) called “Curtains”, referring to attempts to restore South Jersey movie houses.

In the article, the Harwan in Mount Ephriam was mentioned as a former vaudeville house where Abbott & Costello, Laurel & Hardy and the Three Stooges performed. We would like to document the Three Stooges appearances, as far as dates goes. Obviously, any other Three Stooges personal appearances anywhere would be welcome news.

As you can well imagine, the documenting of the personal appearances is a daunting task, to say the least. But, with help from people like yourself, it can be done.

I’m a member of the Three Stooges Fan Club in Pennsylvania. The Club is presently trying to document personal appearances of the Three Stooges. In today’s Philadelphia Daily News, Jason Nark ( ) wrote a great article (pp 6 & 13) called “Curtains”, referring to attempts to restore South Jersey movie houses.

In the article, the Harwan in Mount Ephriam was mentioned as a former vaudeville house where Abbott & Costello, Laurel & Hardy and the Three Stooges performed. We would like to document the Three Stooges appearances, as far as dates goes. Obviously, any other Three Stooges personal appearances anywhere would be welcome news.

Frank Reighter

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on May 9, 2009 at 9:16 am

Larry Fine used to do local TV commercials for Three Stooges memorabilia in the South Jersey/Philadelphia area, in the very early seventies as I recall. He had had a stroke by that time, so his speech was difficult to understand. I think he died a few years later.

nonsportsnut
nonsportsnut on February 1, 2011 at 10:32 am

Moe Howard, individually, appeared at the Harwin November 15 to 17, 1973, according to Gary Lassin, President of the Three Stooges Fan Club. Gary hasn’t, as yet, found any record of any appearances by the Three Stooges, at the Harwin.

Anybody ahve any additional information? Please email me at:

Thanks,
Frank Reighter

magic1
magic1 on October 23, 2011 at 6:50 am

Hi my name is Steven Pettit i am a magician who performed in this wonderful theater before the movies . for amount seven months it was one of my most enjoyable memories i have of performing and being aloud to perform in that wonderful old time theater. Its is a shame the torn down to make walgreen parking lot. Theres not a lot of the old theater around any more and it was a kick to perform in a vaultaville theater .

Marlon Martinez
Marlon Martinez on June 4, 2013 at 11:14 am

Wow, White Tower Hamburgers. I’m sure that’s been torn down. I remember that greasy spoon as a kid.

RickB
RickB on June 5, 2013 at 12:40 am

The White Tower was saved and moved to Morgantown, West Virginia. See also this page, which has a couple pictures of the Harwan as well.

Mikeoaklandpark
Mikeoaklandpark on June 5, 2013 at 8:37 am

Loved White Tower. Any still open? When my famly lived across from the theater in the 70’s the White Tower was long gone. Across from the theater was an Acme supermaket which eventually moved up into the old Penn Fruit building.

nonsportsnut
nonsportsnut on September 19, 2013 at 9:58 am

Gary Lassin, President of the Three Stooges Fan Club, has confirmed that Moe Howard of the Three Stooges, did make personal appearances at the Harwan on Thursday Nov. 15, Friday Nov. 16 and Saturday Nov. 17, 1973. Appearances were matinee only, and all seats were $1.50 each.

Frank Reighter

bluecollarmatt
bluecollarmatt on October 14, 2013 at 2:06 am

My name is Matt, originally from Barring-ton, being the youngest of seven growing up in the 70s visiting the matinee movies was often our favorite pastime either the Harwin or the Coronet both on kings high way one on white horse n one on black horse. That day in 1973 I remember well my two friends brothers Chris n Matt McEvoy n their dad Mr. Mack took us to see Moe. Moe came on stage talk to us about his career a short time. When I first seen him, I could not believe how Old Moe looked he still had a bowl cut, but Snow White in color, He seemed to have more hair then ever! After a few short classics, he came out again to tell some stories, twice. After the matinee the Harwin gave out 6x9 black n white glossy portrait of Moe, and he shook hands n gave out autographs. What a great day for a 9 year old. My only regret is misplacing that signed autograph. R I P. Moe Howard Matt Leavey=

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