Terminal Theatre

69th Street and Market Street,
Upper Darby, PA 19082

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Previously operated by: Sameric Corporation, Stanley-Warner Theatres

Architects: Edward Paul Simon

Firms: Simon & Simon

Previous Names: New Terminal Theatre

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Terminal Theater, Upper Darby, PA

It was housed right next to one of the entrances (not the main entrance) of the 69th Street Terminal building. The New Terminal Theatre was opened October 14, 1936 with “The Big Noise” starring Guy Kibbee. It was operated by Stanley-Warner until the mid-1960’s when it was taken over by the Sameric Corporation. It was closed in the mid-1980’s.

I recall seeing all my favorite “B” horror movies there on a Saturday afternoon.

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Recent comments (view all 17 comments)

JK on October 1, 2012 at 7:58 pm

Don’t know if bobc316 is still looking, but I grew up around the corner from there. I remember my mother telling me that there used to be a movie theater there and I the front looking very theater like. All while waiting for either the “W” bus or the trolley, whichever came first on the corner of South Pennock and WC Pike. Know Pica’s well, worked there for many years.

bobc316 on October 1, 2012 at 8:40 pm

hey jk you must be refering to the old storage building right across the street from pica’s the old park theatre never seen pics but would love to LOL

freddylubin on June 11, 2013 at 1:20 am

One of the few theaters that, as a kid, I didn’t want to enter. Always seemed to be full of drunks (there were enough bars around).

Michael R. Rambo Jr.
Michael R. Rambo Jr. on April 30, 2015 at 8:46 pm

finkysteet, Rite aid never occipied the Goldman’s/Stanley Warner’s/Eric Terminal Theatre site. The site became a walkway to both the Media and Sharon Hill Trolleys (SEPTA Routes 101 and 102), and a secondary entrance into 69th Street Terminal. This was all done during the 1987 reconstruction of the 69th Street Terminal complex that added a third entrance at the back of the Norristown Hi Speed Line

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 1, 2015 at 4:27 pm

This photo of the Terminal Theatre from the Library of Congress features the 1937 movie Dangerous Number on the marquee. It’s not the same marquee that appears in later photos.

As near as I can figure, the Terminal Theatre was part of an annex added to the original 1907 terminal building in 1936 and designed by architectural firm Simon & Simon. An item in the March 31, 1937, issue of The Daily Sun from Hanover, Pennsylvania, makes reference to “…William Goldman Theatres, Inc., Philadelphia, an independent theater organization, operating many theaters in the Philadelphia area, including the recently opened Terminal theater, Upper Darby….”

This page at Philadelphia Architects and Buildings cites a January 15, 1936, Philadelphia Real Estate Record and Builders' Guide item referencing the project as “Phila. & Suburban Terminal Corporation / New Terminal Building and Theatres.” The plural “theatres” was probably a typo. I think there was only ever one in the building.

Edward Paul Simon would have been the lead architect on the project, as his brother, Grant Miles Simon, had withdrawn from the firm in 1927, though the firm name Simon & Simon was still in use as late as 1936.

rivest266 on October 9, 2016 at 10:49 am

October 14th, 1936 grand opening ad in photo section.

Michael R. Rambo Jr.
Michael R. Rambo Jr. on August 17, 2017 at 12:02 am

When this became the Eric Terminal Theatre, a small “ERIC” sign was placed above the “Terminal” sign, where the “Air Conditioned” sign was.

Mikeoaklandpark on August 17, 2017 at 2:57 pm

The overview information needs to be updated. Through most of the 60’s the theater was operated by Stanley Warner. It was the late 60’s to early 70’s it was run by the SamEric corporation. The Tower was a William Goldman theater until 1967 when it was sold to Ellis Theaters. The majority of the managers and staff went to work at William Goldman new center city theater the Regency.

Do on February 13, 2023 at 10:06 pm

This closed in the mid 80’s when Septa redid the Terminal complex. Usually double features. I seem to remember a double bill of The Color Purple and Purple Rain. Prior to closure it had fallen into disrepair..one whole section of seats I believe front left section was missing. 1st screening usually started around 11am,last screening around 10pm. I was the district manager when this closed. The projectionist was a man named Tom Roebuck who worked 7 days a week open to close.

Mikeoaklandpark on February 14, 2023 at 4:40 pm

They had gone to triple features in the early 80’s. During the Stanley Warner years, they had no curtains but did have masking which had to be manually opened and closed. When SamEric took it over they added gold drapes over the screen and all on the walls. There was an E on the left curtain.

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