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Lansdowne Theater Presents... Reade McCardell Performing His Original Song Entitled “The Sun A Liar”

Reade McCardell is a true “Renaissance Man.” From hosting a weekly radio show called Fewsh on G-town Radio to recording a curated double-album of incredibly obscure covers, McCardell brings a warm smile, unmatched wit, and masterful artistry to everything that he does. In “The Sun A Liar,” McCardell weaves beautiful fingerpicking on his acoustic guitar under a tale of a sustaining love that "looks great in a swimming suit, too." It's a pleasure to present to you, Reade McCardell. Stay tuned...


Lansdowne Theater Presents was created to raise awareness about the restoration of the Lansdowne Theater, an ongoing effort to revive this beautiful historic theater as a centerpiece not only for Lansdowne but for the entire Philadelphia region. We're excited to celebrate and support the many talented artists from our area through this online series, bridging the gap between great artists and a great space!

Call to Action

Support the Lansdowne Theater by making a charitable donation TODAY! We are close to pulling together all of the financing that will allow major restoration of the building to begin, but we need your support! Your contribution enables the Historic Lansdowne Theater Corporation to engage consultants and architects that bring their unique and crucial expertise to the project. Make a donation by clicking on the yellow donate button or send a check made payable to HLTC and mail it to HLTC 31 North Lansdowne Avenue Lansdowne, PA 19050.

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90th Anniversary Fund
Most Successful Campaign To-Date!

Suuport the 90th Marquee


Thanks to the over 270 donors who made contributions to the 90th Anniversary Fund in 2017. Your support is enabling the Historic Lansdowne Theater Corporation to restore the windows on the theater’s main façade, assist with architectural design and continue the restoration of this landmark.

Click here to see a complete list of donors to the campaign.

It’s never too early or late to support the Lansdowne Theater Restoration Project—make a donation today!

Presser Foundation Makes $150,000 Grant In Support of the Restoration of The Lansdowne

From left to right: Lansdowne Mayor Anthony Campuzano; William Brown, HLTC Treasurer; Matthew Schultz, HLTC Executive Director; Brian Flounders, HLTC board member; Stephanie Strassel, HLTC board member; Vera Wilson, Presser Foundation, Trustee; and HLTC President, Robert Jara.

Prior to the Lansdowne Symphony Orchestra’s performance of “Peter and the Wolf” on May 20th The Presser Foundation announced that it has made a $150,000 grant to the ongoing effort to restore and reopen the 90 year old landmark as a concert venue. Vera Wilson, a member of The Presser Foundation Board of Trustees said, “The Presser Foundation is pleased to provide this support for a project that will restore this wonderful building, provide musical performances and educational opportunities for area students, and spur further community support and development.”

During the check presentation, Historic Lansdowne Theater Corporation (HLTC) President Robert Jara said, “The Historic Lansdowne Theater Corporation is honored to have received this generous commitment from the prestigious Presser Foundation. We appreciate the foundation’s endorsement and look forward to making classical music available at The Lansdowne.”

Historic Lansdowne Theater Corporation Establishes Donor Partnership Program With Janney Montgomery Scott to Fund Restoration of The Lansdowne

The Historic Lansdowne Theater Corporation has established a partnership with Janney Montgomery Scott LLC to establish an equities donation program in support of the restoration of the historic 1927 Lansdowne Theater. This program will provide an easy and convenient vehicle for donors to make contributions of equities to this significant project. To donate equities to the HLTC please contact Arthur Leahy at Janney Montgomery Scott at 610-892-3302 or Matt Schultz at the Historic Lansdowne Theater Corporation at 610-622-1234.

Donations to the HLTC are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law. Naming and recognition opportunities are available to donors.

Equities donated through this account will help to preserve, restore and reopen one of the Philadelphia Region’s last great theaters from the 1920s. Largely intact, but in need of major restoration, The Lansdowne is the cornerstone of the revitalization of Lansdowne’s central business district and eastern Delaware County

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 our website. Thanks for your support.

Lansdowne Theater Receives Major Grant!

PA Department of Community and Economic Development awards grant to project

Lansdowne Theater supporters

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

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.

Lansdowne Theater marquee lit up at night.

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

Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper standing in front of the Lansdowne Theater.

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!

Lansdowne Theater Kimball Organ

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

Lansdowne Theater lobby circa 1927

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.

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