AMC Barn 5

1745 Easton Road,
Doylestown, PA 18901

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The Doylestown Barn Cinema opened in 1966 by The William Goldman Theatre Co. (later known as Budco Theatres Co.)

Between 1968 and 1969, the theatre was twinned, and renamed Doylestown Barn Twin Theatre, becoming Bucks County’s first twin theatre.

In 1975, a third screen was built onto the theatre, and the name was changed to Budco Barn 3 Theatres. One year later, this addition was twinned, thus becoming Budco Barn 4. In 1978, a fifth screen was built onto the site.

In 1997, AMC Theatres (sucessor to Budco Theatres) closed this location. The AMC Barn 5 was torn down and a REG Regal Cinemas Barn Plaza Stadium 14 Theatre was built on the site.

Contributed by Michael R. Rambo Jr.

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raymondgordonsears
raymondgordonsears on November 25, 2004 at 6:43 am

The Barn cinema WAS built by Budco theatres which also ran the County theatre. Both of these theatre were in Doylestown, Pa. One in the boro and the other in the twp. Budco Theatres owned,operated and managed both D-I’s and hardtops in the Tri state area.(Pa. N.J. Del.) Budco bought the goldman chain out of Phila. increasing the number of theatres.Some of the theatres on the list are: 309 D-I, Bucks co. D-I, Mainline D-I, 202 D-I, Family D-I, Exton D-i, Airport D-I, 61st D-I, I worked for this chain as a manager and a dist. manager and opened this theatre. rg

Michael R. Rambo Jr.
Michael R. Rambo Jr. on June 29, 2005 at 1:56 am

You are correct, I was mistaken. The Budco Doylestown Barn Cinema was the first Twin theatre ever in Bucks County.

mitchaia
mitchaia on December 20, 2007 at 12:35 am

My name is Mitchel Abramowitz. I was the architect for the original Barn Cinema as well as for many others for Budco Theatres. Those included the original 309 Cinema, Cinema I, Springfield, Del. Co. Cinema 141 in Prices Corner, Del. twin theatres in Plymouth Meeting, Tampa, FL, North Palm Beach, FL, several in New Jersey. The Barn was built by John Kapusta. It was originally built as a single screen. A second screen was added which was called the Silo. Subsequent additions and alterations resulted in a five screen complex. With the advent of stadium seating, all the old theatres were closed and except for the 309 Cinema, many were demolished.

HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on December 20, 2007 at 9:04 am

Mr. Abromwitz, maybe you would be kind enough to “add theater” on thiw website for those theaters you designed that aren’t here (determine if not here by google theater name town & cinema treasures or by looking in Theater Guide) and describing those theaters as you did for this one.

If you have blueprints, photographs, etc. then the Theatre Historical Society of America would be interested in a donation (and you could get a tax deduction).

As you know, these cinemas are our history, and people enjoyed them and fondly recall them.

Michael R. Rambo Jr.
Michael R. Rambo Jr. on April 25, 2009 at 11:07 pm

If anyone knows, but how far back did the back wall of “The Silo” (aka Budco/AMC Barn Theatres Houses #4/5) and the addition that became Barn Cinema #1 go to in relation to the original back wall of “The Barn Cinema” (aka Doylestown Barn Cinema-Budco/AMC Barn Theatres Houses #2/3)?

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on March 27, 2010 at 7:54 pm

Here is a December 1977 ad from the Doylestown Daily Intelligencer:
http://tinyurl.com/y9epgj7

Michael R. Rambo Jr.
Michael R. Rambo Jr. on September 1, 2010 at 7:21 pm

Here’s a link to a aerial look of the Budco Doylestown Barn Cinema from 1971: http://www.historicaerials.com/?poi=12679

From this aerial, the portion that was to the right of the Barn Cinema wasn’t built, but the left portion (aka “The Silo”) was already built

mitchaia
mitchaia on June 19, 2011 at 2:36 pm

Refer back to my comment of Dec 2007. The construction of the original Barn Cinema was started on Rte 611 at the location of the Rte 202 bypass. Construction stopped when the site was taken by the state. The theatre was then built at the location just below Edison Rd on the site purchased from Porter and Yaeger who owned the furniture store at the corner of Almshouse Road. The Silo was added shortly thereafter to the right of the original building. The building to the left was built adding two more screens. Lastly, the original auditorium was split creating the Barn 5. I have photographs of the various stages of expansion. If anyone wants them, please contact me at .

Michael R. Rambo Jr.
Michael R. Rambo Jr. on July 29, 2012 at 12:08 am

Mitchaia, I’m What I’ve seeing in the 1971 aerial look, is that of a backward “L” shape, with the first addition (with the intersection of Easton Road [PA 611] and Old Easton Road behind you) to the left of the original building, (AKA looking just like , in a way, the former AMC/Budco/William Goldman’s Orleans Theatre Screen #1-4).

I do know, when looking at the Barn 5 from the front of the building (with PA 611 behind you), the main entrance was on the right hand side, near the second addition 9which in it’s final days was Screens #4-5)

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