Broad Theatre

24 W. Broad Street,
Souderton, PA 18964

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Broad Theatre

Souderton is in the Montgomery County suburbs of Philadelphia. The Broad Theatre opened July 21, 1922, with 700 seats for movies and vaudeville acts. The theatre was renovated in the 1940’s.

It is currently being renovated and ‘For Sale’.

Contributed by SteveSumner

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raymondgordonsears
raymondgordonsears on January 8, 2008 at 4:28 pm

The theater is being remolded. Theater has a new marquee and ext. of the building has been repainter with new exit doors. Unknown what’s going on inside.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on August 8, 2009 at 8:17 am

Here is a larger version of the photo posted on 2/2/07:
http://tinyurl.com/njnc6a

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on August 8, 2009 at 9:36 pm

So all the posts with thumbnails should be removed, since none of those images were posted with permission.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on August 8, 2009 at 9:58 pm

No difference. Additionally, even if the photos are copyrighted, the fair use doctrine allows their reproduction for non-profit, educational purposes. If you have some case law that overrules this, let me know.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on August 8, 2009 at 10:15 pm

I didn’t know they wrote laws now. Are they overturning the fair use doctrine?

I don’t mean to be sarcastic, but other people besides you have raised the copyright issue without any clue as to how the law protects limited reproduction, as long as the intent is not to profit off of the likeness. There’s a lot of case law on this. Even if the likeness holder were to take some sort of action, like an injunction, they would probably lose as they would not be able to prove damages. So whether the likeness holder agrees or disagrees, legally it doesn’t make any difference.It’s very unlikely that the holder of the image would take any action unless there was a clearcut attempt to profit from the likeness.

experiment626
experiment626 on August 18, 2010 at 10:51 am

Any update on the restoration? I’m from Souderton and am so happy to hear the funds were found for the Broad Theatre.

HenrySchmidt
HenrySchmidt on June 23, 2012 at 11:25 am

The link http://tinyurl.com/njnc6a shows the Broad Theatre as it appeared in the late ‘40s-early '50s. I have in my possession a video copy of a 16mm b/w movie of a Lehigh Valley Transit “Liberty Bell” interurban trolley car passing in front of the theater. This film could not date later than Sept. 1951, when the line was discontinued. Unfortunately, the quality of the print doesn’t permit me to read the movie title on the marquee, or I could more precisely date it.

mmr626
mmr626 on July 23, 2012 at 5:18 pm

Loved seeing the Broad Theatre as it was. Am glad it is being renovated, and am hoping they keep some of its “history” intact. The movie that’s showing on the marquee on the link is from the 1980’s. Remember seeing it. :) Thanks for the link! Just went to The Grand in East Greenville last weekend. Always reminds me of the Broad Theater. It had the same designer and builder – Souderton, PA architect Jerome S. Landes – and was built just 2 years after the Broad Theater. So glad some of these old single-movie theaters are still being renovated.

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on September 28, 2018 at 3:50 pm

Sold last May, intended to be two screen with seating for 125 in each. May 2019 reopening target date. Details in below article link.

http://www.montgomerynews.com/soudertonindependent/news/broad-theater-in-souderton-purchased/article_90f4d9e4-66a4-5971-b433-e70ac9a0c27c.html

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on September 28, 2018 at 3:53 pm

Facebook link with 127 photos of the interior in 2011. Disregard the term “demolition” in the album’s title.

https://www.facebook.com/pg/broadtheater/photos/?tab=album&album_id=292638364096743&ref=page_internal

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