Lansdowne Theater Annual Fund Drive Underway
The Historic Lansdowne Theater Corporation launched its 2016 Annual Fund Drive just after Labor Day. Co-chairs of the campaign, Suzanne McShane Hall and David Hall assembled a wonderful group of volunteers to make sure the campaign is successful. Special thanks go out to the members of the committee John Carpenter, Brian Flounders, Sharon Goodspeed, Bill Hostler, Bob Jara, Cris and Bob Laurino, Theresa Murray-O’Brien, Dave Rohde, Steph Strassel, Shannon Worley-Redheffer and Matt Schultz.
Funds raised will be used in the ongoing architectural design that will guide the restoration of the entire building.
If you have not received a solicitation letter, please let us know and we will send a letter to you. You may also send a check made payable to HLTC and sent to HLTC, 31 North Lansdowne Avenue, Lansdowne, PA 19050. You may also make a contribution online by clicking the “Donate Now” button below.
Steve Gunn Performs at The Lansdowne
Kicking off Lansdowne’s Annual Arts Festival, “Arts On the Avenue” singer songwriter and past resident of Lansdowne Steve Gunn performed before a sold out audience in the lobby of The Lansdowne in a concert benefitting the restoration of the theater. Steve played and told stories about growing up in Lansdowne on a very hot night in The Lansdowne to a very appreciative audience. All of the supporters of The Lansdowne greatly appreciate Steve donating his performance for the cause. Thanks to all of patrons who joined us on this special night.
Historic Lansdowne Theater Corporation (HLTC) receives Historic Preservation Award from The Heritage Commission of Delaware County & Delaware County Council
Mills + Schnoering, Materials Conservation, LLC and the Historic Lansdowne Theater Corporation were presented with a 2016 Historic Preservation Award by the Heritage Commission of Delaware County at the May meeting of Delaware County Council. The award recognizes the restoration of The Lansdowne’s outdoor lobby.
The design and specifications for the restoration were completed by project architects Mills + Schnoering. The restoration contractor was Materials Conservation LLC. Funding for the restoration was awarded by Delaware County Council using the county’s allocation of Community Development Block Grant. The Historic Lansdowne Theater Corporation greatly appreciates the wonderful efforts of our both firms and continued support of Delaware County Council.
Front row (L to R): Bill Brown (HLTC), Richard Paul (Heritage Commission), Matt Schultz (HLTC), David White (County Council), Christa Gaffigan and Mike Schnoering (Mills + Schnoering Architects)
Back row (L to R): County Council members Michael Culp, Colleen Marrone, Mario Civera and John McBlain
Lansdowne Theater Launches Online Store
The Historic Lansdowne Theater Corporation has created an online retail store. The store allows you to purchase ticketsto special events at the theater, t-shirts, sweatshirts and tote bags. There are other great items relating to Lansdowne such as books, DVDs and other items.
All sales benefit the ongoing restoration of the Lansdowne Theater. Please note the availability is very limited some items.
Your support is tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law. All contributions are acknowledged with a letter and donors, if they wish, will be listed on www.LansdowneTheater.org. Thanks for your support.
Lansdowne Theater Receives Major Grant!
PA Department of Community and Economic Development awards grant to project
The Pennsylvania Development of Community and Economic Development awarded an $89,050 grant to the Lansdowne Theater Project in support of the next phase of architectural design schematic for the entire theater. This phase is significant as once complete the Historic Lansdowne Theater Corporation can pursue federal historic tax credits, additional donations and financing.
The Historic Lansdowne Theater Corporation greatly appreciates State Representative Margo Davidson, Lansdowne Mayor Anthony Campuzano and the Borough Council of Lansdowne for their leadership in securing this grant.
These funds are matched with funds from the National Endowment for the Arts, National Trust for Historic Preservation and generous individual donors to the project. The total cost of this phase of design is $178,050.
Funds will be used to secure the services of the design team that’s led by project architect Mills + Schnoering. Other members of the design team are H. Gilroy Damon Associates, Fisher Dachs Associates, Geo-Technology Associates, Keystone Preservation Group, C+B Consulting Engineers, LLC., Lighting Design Collaborative, K2 Audio and Brecker Frondorf. Work is anticipated to begin in March 2016.
Lansdowne Theater Ticket Booth Unveiled
Over 100 loyal supporters joined Mayor Anthony Campuzano and Historic Lansdowne Theater Corporation board members to unveil the restored historic ticket booth in the theater’s outdoor lobby on October 3rd.
The ticket booth was restored using the very familiar marble veneer and stainless steel. Stainless steel cresting was added to the top of the booth that takes its design from the pediments on the historic poster cases. The most noticeable change to the lobby is the installation of new lit poster cases on the front of the theater. The stucco walls were redone and poster cases restored to their original color. The pendent lights were rewired, stripped and repainted to the original colors. The rounded glass was also reproduced and installed. We are grateful to the project contractor Materials Conservation and project architect for their excellent work.
The theater wants to thank Delaware County Council for its steadfast and generous support of this project. Council allocated $153,000 in Community Development Block Grant funds to the restoration of the lobby. Council previously supported the restoration of the marquee.
Lansdowne Voters Overwhelmingly Vote In Favor Of Performing Arts Facilities Liquor License
Lansdowne voters cast 1, 279 in favor and 216 not in favor of the referendum that would allow for a restrictive Performing Arts Facilities Liquor License in the Borough of Lansdowne.
This license allows for the sale of liquor to theater patrons before, during and after performances. We greatly appreciate all voters that took the time to cast their votes.
The Lansdowne Has Served As A Backdrop For Numerous Films And Commercials
The Lansdowne has served as a backdrop and featured in numerous films. Most notable is “Silver Linings Playbook” which featured Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper.
The Lansdowne will be featured in the upcoming documentary, “Dying of the Light” which explores the changes in the technology behind film exhibition.
The Lansdowne served as the location of series of commercials for AMC cable’s Halloween film festival “Fearfest.”
Lansdowne Theater Kimball Organ FOUND!
After two years of searching sleuths Lew Wallace and Pepper Reiley have located the 1927 Lansdowne Theater Kimball Organ in Phoenix, Arizona. Currently in storage the organ is in good shape and intact. The owner plans to reassemble the organ so that it can once again be played.
Historic Photos of Lansdowne Theater Discovered
Much to our delight Kimberley Hecht, great-granddaughter of Harry Brodsky, contacted The Lansdowne to share photographs taken of the theater shortly before it opened in 1927. Brodsky was the theater decorator who designed and executed the interior decoration at The Lansdowne. Thanks Kimberley for sharing these treasures with us.