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HLTC supporters learn about facade resto

HLTC supporters learn about facade restoration efforts during the 2019 Donor Appreciation Day.


Hundreds of community members excitedly showed up for the restored marquee unveiling, October 2012.


Supporters are always eager to help clean-up the theater.

Halloween 2014-219

A Halloween party in the theater was a thrilling success, with over 500 party goers in 2014.

 It's wonderful how the community has embraced the theater!    

How Can I Help?


Since the theater closed in 1987, residents of eastern Delaware County have hoped that this local landmark would reopen as a public entertainment venue.  The theater is poised for a rebirth, but we need your support to make it a reality.  Whether you have ties to eastern Delaware County or are interested in historic theaters, listed below are ideas as to how you can help make the restoration of the theater a reality.

Join Our Mailing List

Join our mailing list to receive updates on the project progress and special events.  Word of mouth is very important in building support for the project.  Share the excitement of the project with your families, reunions of your classes from Lansdowne, Lansdowne-Aldan, Penn Wood, Bonner or Prendergast high schools and urge them to join our mailing list.  Even better, ask them to make a donation in support of the project. 

We’re always looking for great ideas to accomplish the goal of restoring the theater.  Email your great ideas to us at

Make a Donation

No matter how much you can afford, your contribution is needed and very much appreciated. You can click the donate button below or mail a check made out to "Historic Lansdowne Theater Corporation" to 31 N. Lansdowne Ave. Lansdowne, PA 19050. Remember, your donation is tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

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Interested in Volunteering?

We can't do this without our volunteers! Over the years, hundreds of people have pitched in to remove over 4 tons of trash from the building, produce fundraising events, collect signatures for the liquor referendum, run crowdfunding campaigns, produce videos about the theater, design graphics for our website, make costumes for the restored ticket booth unveiling, and so much more. 

Guppies & Friendships!

as remembered by Regina (Luisi) Hunter


One of my best memories of the Lansdowne Movie Theater: going to the Saturday matinees with my next door neighbor, Ann. For some reason, I remember that we used to come home with a little plastic baggie filled with guppies that were given out to us. Somehow, the little fish never survived for very long! Ann and I are still friends after over 60 years of friendship. We often reminisce about walking from Bryn Mawr Avenue to the movie theater and what fun it was!


Cleaning can be fun!

as remembered by Lisa Briddes Mobley

I lived in Lansdowne from the ages of 5-13, first next to the parking lot across the street from the theater then over on E. Stratford Ave a few blocks away. Before cable & VCRs going to the movies was a really big deal & what a place to go.


Some of my fondest childhood memories were of the theater in the daytime. From the ages of 9-12 I got to clean the theater almost every Sat & Sun. I say "got to" because it was a really fun "job". There was this little old man who came over to Stratford (we had about 40 kids on the one block) asking for help to clean the aisles. So every weekend he would come around and pick 5 or 6 of us to go over and help him, I think we each got $.50 (HUGE in the 70s). We sectioned it out and went up & down the aisles picking up candy wrappers, drink cups, popcorn buckets, etc, and brushing off the seats. The best part was that he would then get out this big blower to blow stuff down to the bottom & we would go exploring while he did this.


We played on the stage like actors on Broadway, did cartwheels thru the lobby & actually got into the projection room once (SO COOL!!). Don't worry, we were very careful not to touch anything because we knew we would not be asked to come back! It was an amazing experience that I will never forget!


Thank You Lansdowne Theater for all the good times!


Share Your Memories!


Share Your Memories and Photographs

We would love to hear from you! We hope that The Lansdowne was a special place for you.  If you have a story or a photograph of the theater that you would like to share, we’re eager to hear/see it and with your permission post it in this section. 

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