Save American Theaters

I was reading an article in the Philly Inquirer this morning titled TLA Video closing its Center City store and the NY Times Once Palaces, Now Chain Stores came to mind. Seriously, if you’re able to, save historical buildings, especially ones where the arts flourished.

You can start with the Lansdowne Theater.


Restoring the Lansdowne Theater

If you’d like to see the historic Lansdowne Theater for yourself, on November 6th, the doors will be opened for a unique opportunity to peek at a historic landmark that has been left largely unchanged since the 1920s.

For a $10 tax-deductible contribution per person for the tour, you will get to view the public spaces including the grand theater and projection booth. Attendees will also receive a coupon for discounted pints of Yards Beer at 2312 Garrett Restaurant.

The Tours start on Sunday, November 6th from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Lansdowne Theater and the Pours start on Sunday, November 6th from 4:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at 2312 Garrett Restaurant.

For more details visit the Tour and Pour Fundraising Event page.


Lansdowne Theater Marquee Restoration Underway

I just received an e-mail from the Historic Lansdowne Theater Corporation.

Using grants from the Greater Lansdowne Civic Association and a Community Development Building Grant from Delaware County the restoration of the theater marquee has begun.

Project architect Farewell Mills Gatsch took measurements, inspected structural elements, and began the process to develop plans/specifications that will enable the Historic Lansdowne Theater Corporation to bid the project this spring. Individual steel letters that spell LANSDOWNE, long stored in the theater attic, will be restored and relit with their original neon. The restored sign will include energy efficient lighting, but will appear as it has since it installation c. 1940.

Look for the marquee to be fully restored around Labor Day.

Kudos to all involved with making this happen. You can be part of helping restore the Lansdowne Theater. Visit the Historic Lansdowne Theater Corporation site for more information.