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A Movie Theater That Did It Right
County Press ^ | By Tom Teti

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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A story for a Saturday night.

Delaware County is in Pennsylvania and is a suburb of Philly.

1 posted on 03/11/2006 3:57:07 PM PST by Tribune7
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To: Temple Owl
ping

The theater where I saw Jaws.

2 posted on 03/11/2006 3:57:40 PM PST by Tribune7
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To: Owl_Eagle; brityank; Physicist; WhyisaTexasgirlinPA; GOPJ; abner; baseballmom; Willie Green; Mo1; ..

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3 posted on 03/11/2006 3:58:05 PM PST by Tribune7
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To: Tribune7

Sleuth for $1...


4 posted on 03/11/2006 4:11:25 PM PST by Domestic Church (AMDG...)
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To: Tribune7
I used to go to the Anthony Wayne Movie Theater every Saturday matinee from about 1957 to about 1968. I'm amazed to see it's still there though now it's part of a chain.

BTW my granmother lived in Yeadon so I'm familiar with that town also.

5 posted on 03/11/2006 4:15:08 PM PST by facedown (Armed in the Heartland)
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To: facedown
I used to go to the Anthony Wayne when I attended VFMA. I like the fact that they have maintained the original facade.

SIC
6 posted on 03/11/2006 4:18:50 PM PST by SICSEMPERTYRANNUS ("Our responses to terrorist acts should make the world gasp." - When Devils Walk the Earth)
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To: Tribune7

I bet you could smoke there, too. That would have rocked.


7 posted on 03/11/2006 4:24:55 PM PST by mysterio
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To: Tribune7

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.


8 posted on 03/11/2006 4:28:03 PM PST by Petronski (I love Cyborg!)
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To: SICSEMPERTYRANNUS
I used to go to the Anthony Wayne when I attended VFMA.

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^)

9 posted on 03/11/2006 4:30:03 PM PST by facedown (Armed in the Heartland)
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To: Petronski

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.


10 posted on 03/11/2006 4:36:40 PM PST by flying Elvis
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To: facedown

Holden Caulfield was there about 50 years before me.


11 posted on 03/11/2006 4:39:42 PM PST by SICSEMPERTYRANNUS ("Our responses to terrorist acts should make the world gasp." - When Devils Walk the Earth)
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To: Domestic Church

That's what Jaws cost :-)


12 posted on 03/11/2006 4:41:01 PM PST by Tribune7
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To: Petronski
The theater where I saw Jaws--a great old moviehouse in a small town--has been chopped into a duplex

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.

13 posted on 03/11/2006 4:42:58 PM PST by Tribune7
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To: Tribune7
I remember "Winchester 73", popcorn and balcony seats. I remember eating a box of Dots or Snaps and then blowing into the empty box and making an annoying noise during the movie. If the usher caught you doing that he would at least reprimand you or shine his flashlight in your direction to shush you up.

The neighborhood movie theater, usually built in the 1930's, and enjoyed throughout the 40's and 50's, was a part of our culture that we will never see again.
14 posted on 03/11/2006 4:46:31 PM PST by joem15
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To: Tribune7

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.


15 posted on 03/11/2006 4:51:22 PM PST by Dane ( anyone who believes hillary would do something to stop illegal immigration is believing gibberish)
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To: Tribune7

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).


16 posted on 03/11/2006 4:51:45 PM PST by blackdog (Still evolving... thanks to play, rebelliousness, and immaturity.)
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To: facedown

What years did you go to VFMA? A good friend of mine(actually, several) attended VFMA. One graduated in '72 and another in '78.


17 posted on 03/11/2006 4:53:59 PM PST by blackdog (Still evolving... thanks to play, rebelliousness, and immaturity.)
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To: blackdog

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.)


18 posted on 03/11/2006 4:54:20 PM PST by Tribune7
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To: blackdog

That was Rundgren's home court :-)


19 posted on 03/11/2006 4:55:13 PM PST by Tribune7
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To: facedown

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).


20 posted on 03/11/2006 4:57:41 PM PST by blackdog (Still evolving... thanks to play, rebelliousness, and immaturity.)
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To: blackdog
What years did you go to VFMA?

I didn't; I grew up two blocks down the street from it.

21 posted on 03/11/2006 4:59:45 PM PST by facedown (Armed in the Heartland)
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To: Tribune7

Listening to Todd, or should I say all the Todds, is my home court. He's one of the most under-recognized musicians of all time. He raised Liv Tyler as his own daughter while Steven Tyler was an A-hole. His new-ish album "lyars" is excellent. None of that Utopia nonsense he dabbled in for a while.


22 posted on 03/11/2006 5:00:47 PM PST by blackdog (Still evolving... thanks to play, rebelliousness, and immaturity.)
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To: Tribune7

Is the Keswick still in Glenside?


23 posted on 03/11/2006 5:02:43 PM PST by blackdog (Still evolving... thanks to play, rebelliousness, and immaturity.)
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To: blackdog
Yup

Never been there, though.

24 posted on 03/11/2006 5:05:25 PM PST by Tribune7
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To: blackdog
He's one of the most under-recognized musicians of all time.

I dunno. I hear one story where some thungs broke into his home in L.A. Tied him up and started looting. Then they realized who he was. They started singing "I Saw The Light" and continued looting.

Todd's from Upper Darby, where the Tower is.

25 posted on 03/11/2006 5:11:17 PM PST by Tribune7
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To: Tribune7

I knew he was a Philly boy. Hall & Oates too. I think they were from Souderton, near Perkasie. Pre-80's Hall & Oates is amazing music. "She's Gone" and "Sara's Smile" are timeless classics. Rundgren's "Something/Anything is an incredible collection. To think Todd plays every instrument and sings every vocal, then mixes it all is cool.


26 posted on 03/11/2006 5:31:27 PM PST by blackdog (Still evolving... thanks to play, rebelliousness, and immaturity.)
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To: Tribune7
I visited home in 2002 and was driving thru Glenside and saw the Keswick then. I saw Simon & Garfunkel there in 1969. It was the first concert I attended(age of 10). To my horror, my visit home in 2002 showed me the marquis outside the Keswick headlining the "Vagina Monologues"..........

I slipped into a depression and became impotent for months. Nothing worse than revisiting your youth, only to have it destroyed by new age crap.

27 posted on 03/11/2006 5:46:43 PM PST by blackdog (Still evolving... thanks to play, rebelliousness, and immaturity.)
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To: blackdog
LOL.
28 posted on 03/11/2006 5:50:45 PM PST by Tribune7
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To: Tribune7

This reminds me of a story my dear departed Pop told me many times. I think it was 1933 in Drew, MS--I could be wrong about the year but that's close--and a movie about the James brothers was playing at the local theater. It was such a big deal that a statue of Frank and Jesse was out on the sidewalk. Pop was ten years old and tried all day to get a dime for admission. And failed. Times were way tough.

MM


29 posted on 03/11/2006 6:13:47 PM PST by MississippiMan (Behold now behemoth...he moves his tail like a cedar. Job 40:17)
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To: facedown

Yeah, some good times had in Wayne. Used to go to see movies at the Anthony Wayne all the time. It got easier when our buds or gals would work there. They would kick open the exit door onto the alley and sneak us in. Sneaking out from the middle school at lunch to get a real Italian hoagie from Pie in the Sky Pizza (or whatever it was called before that).

What a great town to grow up in...


30 posted on 03/11/2006 6:18:57 PM PST by No2much3 (I did not ask for this user name, but I will keep it !)
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To: joem15
The neighborhood movie theater, usually built in the 1930's, and enjoyed throughout the 40's and 50's, was a part of our culture that we will never see again.

Well, unless you still have the neighborhood theater like a few places do.

31 posted on 03/11/2006 6:20:57 PM PST by Hermann the Cherusker
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To: SICSEMPERTYRANNUS

Hey SIC,

I apologize for all the ribbing some of us locals would give you guys when you came into town in uniform.

Do you remember a Col. Gardiner who taught History (I think)? I was good friends with his kids but over the years we have lost touch...

I delivered pizza to you guys in 1978 from Wayne Pizza. Use to sneak it through the bars...

Some good times in Wayne.


32 posted on 03/11/2006 6:28:39 PM PST by No2much3 (I did not ask for this user name, but I will keep it !)
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To: blackdog

Hey B-dog,

Check out post 32...

I will also be working a Hall & Oates concert this Fri. (3/17) in Wilmington DE. I worked with them before and they still put on a great show.

I saw David Bowie at the Tower, one of my first concerts. Little did I know that it was going to be an album.


33 posted on 03/11/2006 6:38:00 PM PST by No2much3 (I did not ask for this user name, but I will keep it !)
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To: blackdog
What years did you go to VFMA? A good friend of mine(actually, several) attended VFMA. One graduated in '72 and another in '78.

I graduated in 1988.
34 posted on 03/11/2006 6:42:15 PM PST by SICSEMPERTYRANNUS ("Our responses to terrorist acts should make the world gasp." - When Devils Walk the Earth)
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To: No2much3
I apologize for all the ribbing some of us locals would give you guys when you came into town in uniform. Do you remember a Col. Gardiner who taught History (I think)? I was good friends with his kids but over the years we have lost touch... I delivered pizza to you guys in 1978 from Wayne Pizza. Use to sneak it through the bars... Some good times in Wayne.

No sweat. No, I didn't know Col Gardiner. I wasn't there when you doing deliveries but someone definitely took your place. We used to order from "Real Pizza," which is still there I believe. Great stombolies.


SIC
35 posted on 03/11/2006 6:47:35 PM PST by SICSEMPERTYRANNUS ("Our responses to terrorist acts should make the world gasp." - When Devils Walk the Earth)
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To: No2much3
...the exit door onto the alley...

As I remember it, that alley came out onto North Wayne Ave. between the Jewelry store and the Barber Shop that I went to as a kid. When I lived there, we didn't have "middle schools". All of the elementary schools funneled into Radnor Junior High School which was across Lancaster Ave. (Lancaster Pike!) by the firehouse.

Small world ain't it! Especially on FR.

36 posted on 03/11/2006 8:05:20 PM PST by facedown (Armed in the Heartland)
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To: facedown

That was the first real hair cut I got was in that barber shop. Dad took me. Before that it was bowl cuts from Mom.

LOL

RHS- Class of 78


37 posted on 03/11/2006 8:19:50 PM PST by No2much3 (I did not ask for this user name, but I will keep it !)
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To: No2much3
Before that it was bowl cuts from Mom.

LOL! I was too squirmy so it was off to the barber at a very early age.

RHS - Class of 68

38 posted on 03/11/2006 8:23:21 PM PST by facedown (Armed in the Heartland)
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To: facedown

I just checked your home page. Is that your Strat? Do you still live in the area? Take a look at my other posts to this thread and you will see that I am working with H&O this week. If you are in the area and ever need a guitar tech/audio engineer, let me know. FReepmail me for further info...

No2much3


39 posted on 03/11/2006 8:37:57 PM PST by No2much3 (I did not ask for this user name, but I will keep it !)
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To: No2much3

I only play for my 4 track but have fun with Daryl and John. They're my sentimental favorites being from Philly and all.


40 posted on 03/11/2006 10:22:56 PM PST by facedown (Armed in the Heartland)
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To: blackdog

I just saw a marquee for Hall & Oates in Reading, PA, this Wednesday, March 15.


41 posted on 03/12/2006 8:42:43 AM PST by Gondring (I'll give up my right to die when hell freezes over my dead body!)
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To: Tribune7; blackdog
Take heart...I saw Lonestar (and Jimmy Wayne) at the Keswick a couple of years ago.

And how about the The Colonial Theater in Phoenixville. They are still restoring it and holding the annual Blobfest. Yes, I have attended, and I have taken part in re-enacting the panicked evacuation of the theater. :-) Amazing that Steve McQueen played a teenager at age 29...

42 posted on 03/12/2006 9:53:41 AM PST by Gondring (I'll give up my right to die when hell freezes over my dead body!)
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