Movies at Cheltenham Square

2385 West Cheltenham Avenue,
Philadelphia, PA 19150

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This eight screener replaced the Budco Cheltenham Theatre a twin screen, which had opened in 1961 by RKO-Stanley-Warner and was aquired by AMC when they took over the Budco Chain, closing it in 1987.

The new eight screen was opened by United Artists at the mall on April 14, 1989. First run movies were shown. After United Artists departed in January 2006, the multiplex was reopened January 13, 2006 by King’s Theatres as the Movies At Cheltenham Square 8. The theatre was closed in early-2008, before the end of March and was demolished. It will be replaced by a Target store.

Contributed by Chuck Van Bibber

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dennisczimmerman
dennisczimmerman on October 2, 2004 at 11:21 am

Originally located here was a single theatre operated by Stanley Warner. I believe it opened sometime in the 1960’s. I attended the reserved seat engagement of “The Sand Pebbles” at this theatre in 1967. I believe it was the first time a “roadshow” attraction did not open in Center City. It also had the “roadshow” engagement of “Becket”. This was a very “palatial” 1960’s theatre when it was operated by Stanley Warner. I do not know when it was twinned. But I think after that it was demolished and replaced by the Cheltenham Square 8 which is operated by United Artists.

Michael R. Rambo Jr.
Michael R. Rambo Jr. on January 17, 2006 at 12:29 pm

The REG Cheltenham Square 8 Theatre has a new name. It is now called: Movies At Cheltenham Square. This new theatre opened on 1/13/2006. This theatre should be updated with the new name.

HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on January 17, 2006 at 12:38 pm

I had someone inquire. The new operator told us they run another theater at or near Harrisburg, PA. I don’t think this theater is stadium seated, so with audiences flocking to theaters that are stadium seated, Regal must have decided to not renew the lease, and the shopping mall operator must have looked for another theater operator.

HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on November 22, 2006 at 3:12 am

Best Urban Programming
A dumpy theatergoing experience complete with sticky floors and gross bathrooms, Movies at Cheltenham Square is notable for its rowdiness and management’s willingness to program offbeat ethnic entertainmentsâ€"offering a grand chance to catch under-the-radar filmmaking on a (medium-sized) big screen.

from the Philadelphia Weekly today:
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Michael R. Rambo Jr.
Michael R. Rambo Jr. on January 14, 2008 at 11:25 pm

Movies at Cheltenham Square 8 is operated by King’s Theatres, who also operates the Pearl 7 Theatre at Avenue N

KingBiscuits
KingBiscuits on August 1, 2008 at 4:00 pm

On the Philadelphia Weekly comment:

It’s like they say “once a UA, always a UA”.

TheALAN
TheALAN on January 20, 2014 at 2:30 pm

This theater is NOT in Cheltenham, it’s in Philadelphia. The zip code is correct though — 19150. (Lynnewood Gardens).

rivest266
rivest266 on May 24, 2014 at 10:08 pm

Aerial photo of the theater in photo section.

rivest266
rivest266 on May 28, 2014 at 11:13 am

This opened on April 14th, 1989. Grand opening ad in photo section.

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