Harwan Theatre

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

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bluecollarmatt
bluecollarmatt on October 14, 2013 at 5:06 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=

nonsportsnut
nonsportsnut on September 19, 2013 at 12:58 pm

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

Mikeoaklandpark
Mikeoaklandpark on June 5, 2013 at 11:37 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.

RickB
RickB on June 5, 2013 at 3:40 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.

Marlon Martinez
Marlon Martinez on June 4, 2013 at 2:14 pm

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

magic1
magic1 on October 23, 2011 at 9:50 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 .

nonsportsnut
nonsportsnut on February 1, 2011 at 12:32 pm

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

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on May 9, 2009 at 12:16 pm

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 May 9, 2009 at 12:09 pm

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

rave323
rave323 on November 12, 2007 at 9:15 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.

bmatlosz
bmatlosz on June 27, 2007 at 8:43 pm

To add insult to injury, the new Walgreens building being built on the site isn’t anywhere near where the Harwan stood. I appears it was demolished to either allow the Walgreens to be viewed better from the BHP or simply for more parking lot space. Either way it was a loss that should not be taken sitting down. I hope that everyone will participate in boycotting them and hopefully they will start closing stores instead of tearing down landmarks to build more eyesores.

bmatlosz
bmatlosz on February 14, 2007 at 2:42 am

The only way to stop the loss of these vulnerable buildings is to boycott the businesses who prey on them. I suggest everyone do as I and write emails or letters to the Walgreen’s and Eckards ( They took down the Century then abandoned their building less then a year later ) and let them know that this practice will not be tolerated and they will not get business from us or our friends and family. Also residents of these cities should write or call elected officials and let them know that actions such as these will cost them votes in the next election. I have never seen anyone get angry because a building was saved, but the opposite is very true…..

AWatson
AWatson on February 14, 2007 at 2:09 am

Oh, this is so so sad. I just found out about the demolition of the Harwan.

We moved out of NJ last year, back to Philly…but while we lived in NJ I was active in helping keep the Broadway in Pitman open, and was concerned about the Harwan, too.

This is so depressing. Thank G-d someone was able to take some pics of the theater before demolition; I was so involved in moving I never got the chance.

Killerwithin
Killerwithin on February 12, 2007 at 7:05 pm

Yikes! The last time I was in the Harwan was 1999, for a showing of the original “Halloween” and the theater had that 1970’s vibe with the old gold wallls. I could imagine watching “The Posideon Adventure” or “The Towering Inferno” there. But after seeing the pictures from the link above, I’d feel like I walked into a community production of “Godspell” The kids hearts may have been in the right place, but the seats look like they were upholsted in old bed sheets.

cmartinstutzman
cmartinstutzman on February 12, 2007 at 11:58 am

It seems to me that someone financed a bunch of kids to run around and “attempt” to restore the building. Were there any adult involved in those “renovation”. I mean I do love rainbow upholstery and black walls as much as the next person but….Yeah, no I dont.

cmartinstutzman
cmartinstutzman on February 12, 2007 at 11:58 am

It seems to me that someone financed a bunch of kids to run around and “attempt” to restore the building. Were there any adult involved in those “renovation”. Im mean I do love rainbow upholstery and black walls as much as the next person but….Yeah, no I dont.

veryvince
veryvince on February 12, 2007 at 11:34 am

Here is a link to pictures posted of the attempted renovation. View link Sad to see it go. In Pennsauken we had a beautiful theater, The Walt Whitman Theater /theaters/10132/
It was originally an opera house, had tons of marble. Was demolished in 1981 because they wanted to build a Senior center. That was never built, guess what is there now? Walgreens.

FeverDog
FeverDog on February 10, 2007 at 8:28 am

Wow, the area has really changed, and not for the better.

cmartinstutzman
cmartinstutzman on February 10, 2007 at 4:55 am

Thats awesome!!! If only we could do that to some of these theaters. Great to hear though.

Killerwithin
Killerwithin on February 10, 2007 at 4:39 am

This may not be Movie Theater related, but in response to the above post and people intrested in the loss of the Harwan: The small “White Tower” DiNic’s next door is not destroyed – but moved to West Virginia…

By KEVIN RIORDAN
Courier-Post Staff
MOUNT EPHRAIM
The Harwan Theater is coming down, but the adjacent DiNic’s Roast Beef, a former White Tower restaurant, is moving on.

To West Virginia.

A self-described “dinerholic” who grew up in Collingswood is paying to have the landmark little eatery picked up and trucked about 300 miles from the Black Horse Pike to his home in Morgantown, W.Va. The Mount Ephraim site is being cleared for construction of a Walgreens.

“I always wanted a diner,” John Shoaf, a 64-year-old retired teacher and respected preservationist, said Thursday. “Most people pretty much think it’s crazy. My better half thinks I’m out of my mind.”

To read the rest of the article, go to
View link
but do it quickly before the Courier Post removes the website.

cmartinstutzman
cmartinstutzman on February 10, 2007 at 3:36 am

They are taken from the parking lot of the “Super Ultra mega CVS”, and from the pizza shop on the other side. They knocked down The Harwan Theater, “D'nicks” a corner sandwhich shop, a row of businesses and one or two homes.

CVS, Walgreens, and Eckerd all have this thing about building directly across from each other. You know about The Century that is currently an empty Eckerd, and when I was working for The Westmont Theater company, developers for CVS or Eckerd would come in periodically to check the place out. Ive even seen old theater converted into these mega drugstores. It is the strangest thing.

There is talk that the owners of The Trocadaro in Philadelphia are going to open a club at The Westmont, Im not sure if that means they are going to use the facade, or knock it down. Working there for the time I did, I know the roof is completly worthless. Both the Harwan and the Westmont are very special to me, I would hate to loss both of them.

Killerwithin
Killerwithin on February 10, 2007 at 3:25 am

The pics are correct, I can verify that as a Bellmawr resident. Look like most were taken across the street from the CVS parking lot. I took a few pictures of my own there.

FeverDog
FeverDog on February 9, 2007 at 7:40 pm

Are those pics right? ‘Cause they sure don’t look like they’re taken from the Black Horse Pike..

heatherhedyjon
heatherhedyjon on January 22, 2007 at 8:17 am

I can’t believe it. I’ve recently moved to SoCal via Ohio and Florida but I grew up in Runnemede. A freakin Walgreens?! Directly across from a CVS and within a mile of another Walgreens and a host of other drugstores? We’re losing our history South Jersey. Pretty soon all we’ll be known for is Camden