Skip to comments.A Movie Theater That Did It Right
Posted on 03/11/2006 3:57:06 PM PST by Tribune7
Perhaps you grew up in Delaware County in the post-World War II era, and perhaps you had a movie theater that was an important part of your youth.
When you opened the paper to the entertainment pages in those days, you would find no AMCs, United Artists or Regal 12s. You would find the Lansdowne, the Brookline in Havertown, the Waverly in Drexel Hill, the Media, the Stonehurst, the Boyd, and the Stanley in Chester, the College in Swarthmore and the 69th Street, the Terminal, and the Tower (yes, it was around before rock and roll) all three in the 69th Street shopping area. Perhaps I've missed one or two, but I am sure that they all had Saturday matinees, and that kids in those towns spent years of Saturday afternoons in those movie houses.
Recently, there was a fire in the Yeadon theater. Because of that fire, a decision has been made to demolish the theater that I went to while growing up in the '50s and '60s. When I learned all this, I realized that, over the years, I had been harboring a desire to say something about the Yeadon Theater of that time.
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Delaware County is in Pennsylvania and is a suburb of Philly.
The theater where I saw Jaws.
Sleuth for $1...
BTW my granmother lived in Yeadon so I'm familiar with that town also.
I bet you could smoke there, too. That would have rocked.
The theater where I saw Jaws--a great old moviehouse in a small town--has been chopped into a duplex with crappy seats, sticky floors and absolutely horrible sound/projection/lighting.
But I remember being nine years old, waiting in a long line to get into the packed house, and peeking at the screen from between my fingers when the "shark theme" music played.
Holy Cadets, Batman! I lived on the second block of Walnut Ave. so all y'all used to walk right past my house on the way to town.
Was Holden Caulfield there when you were? 8^)
I too was 9 when I saw Jaws in the theater. When that one eyed head popped out of the hole in the boat, I came unglued. The only thing that kept me in the theater was my mother's kung fu grip on my arm.
Holden Caulfield was there about 50 years before me.
That's what Jaws cost :-)
At least it's still there and just a duplex. The only theaters around here are narrow multi-plexes that show a lot of commercials before the feature.
Whew does that bring back memories. Our local movie theater in the 70's always had a different matinee on Saturdays, everything from old Laurel & Hardy movies, Santa Claus Goes to Mars, to Vincent Price Dr. Something, to Snoopy Come Home.
I saw Hall & Oates at the Tower Theater in 1976. It was during their album tour "Bigger Than Both of Us". Todd Rundgren too. Great concerts with small audiences(around a thousand).
What years did you go to VFMA? A good friend of mine(actually, several) attended VFMA. One graduated in '72 and another in '78.
The Tower is still there although it doesn't show movies. (I did see the Kids are Alright there, however, 25 or so years ago.)
That was Rundgren's home court :-)
The York theater(went exclusively to porn)in the mid 70's. That was in Jenkintown. The Walnut Street Theater was where I saw Romeo and Juliett and Cats(yuck).
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