Alden Theater

3641 Midvale Avenue,
Philadelphia, PA 19129

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Alden Movie Theater 1966

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The Alden Theater opened in 1932. It is were I saw my first movie. The price was 35 cents and we used to go on Saturday and Sunday all day. It was located on Midvale Avenue in the East Falls neighborhood of Philadelphia.

It was closed in December 1968 and was quickly demolished. It was a big part of my life.

Contributed by Walt Price

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tonyp
tonyp on August 20, 2010 at 11:11 am

rjr,

Can you please send me the pic? I attended Mifflin and used to enjoy the Alden. Great matinees! I lived in the Abbottsford housing project off of Henry ave. Mr. Rudolph was my principle. He was a teacher of my mothers in a South Philly school when she was a kid. I was born in 1956.

ameyring
ameyring on September 4, 2010 at 11:28 pm

rjr,
Could you send me your picture of the Alden? I only have one viewed from the direction of the railroad bridge, which I will be happy to send to you. Thanks!
Adam

wprice1954
wprice1954 on September 8, 2010 at 11:01 am

rjr,
Can you please send me the photo you have of the Alden. The Alden was a big part of my life. I have been looking forever for a photo of the Alden. Thank you for being so kind to offer the photo, Walt

lean1954
lean1954 on April 11, 2011 at 7:50 pm

rjr:
If you are still reading this page I also would love a photo of the Alden Theatre. I recall my grandmother taking me there to see Babes in Toyland. I also remember seeing the 13 Ghosts, The Mark of the Devil and Bonnie and Clyde. I spent my first 11 or 12 years growing up on Weightman Street. We then moved to the 3500 block of Ainslie Street. My folks still live there. My email is

There is a dedicated page to East Falls on Facebook if you are not already aware of that.

HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on February 24, 2012 at 7:38 pm

Copy & paste this link from East Falls Historical Society, then click on photo to make it larger: http://eastfallshistoricalsociety.com/?p=763

TEE
TEE on February 25, 2013 at 9:38 am

I am not sure if anyone still reads this page. We never had the money to go in the cinama, back then. I do remember the area well. Until a few minutes ago, I thought that the first school I attended was J.L Kinsey. But I went to Mifflin for kindergarten back in 69'. Also lived in the Abbottsford housing projects off Henry ave. I remember Mrs Powdermaker and Ms. Johnson. Wow.. Thanks for the replacement of long forgotten memories

TheALAN
TheALAN on March 25, 2014 at 12:12 am

For those who think Cinema Treasures is a social site to talk about old school mates, teachers and principles, it is not. I’m sure Mifflin School has a page. This site is about old movie theaters. Please stay on-topic!

TheALAN
TheALAN on August 29, 2014 at 8:37 pm

Walt Price says the Alden Theater was demolished in the 1980’s. That covers an entire decade. Does anyone know the exact year? Also, who was the architect of the Alden Theater? Please share, and thanks!

rjr
rjr on August 30, 2014 at 9:18 am

The Alden was demolished around 1968. I watched it being torn down. A Gino’s was then built there, then a bank. I do not know the architect.

TheALAN
TheALAN on August 30, 2014 at 11:41 pm

Thank’s to RJR for sharing! I don’t know why Walt placed the demolition of the Alden in the 1980’s.

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