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The Lansdowne YouTube Video

The Lansdowne is one of the last of the great theaters from the 1920s remaining largely unchanged in the Philadelphia area. This video, produced a few years ago, gives a peek inside the past, present, and future plans for this grand building. Join us today in the campaign to restore and reopen the theater as a venue for live music. Make a tax-deduction contribution by clicking on the DONATE TODAY button.

Jennifer Lawrence wins 2013 Oscar for Best Actress in “Silver Linings Playbook”

Jennifer Lawrence

Congratulations to Jennifer Lawrence for winning the 2013 Oscar for Best Actress for her role in “Silver Linings Playbook” filmed in part in front of The Lansdowne.

Lansdowne Theater Kimball Organ FOUND!

Lansdowne 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.

The Lansdowne Lights Up!

Over 700 loyal fans stood outside of The Lansdowne on October 5th to see the long-dark marquee relit.  Thanks are due to County Council for funding the restoration of this Delaware County icon. 

700 loyal fans

The marquee will be lit occasionally as we continue to raise funds to restore the interior of the theater.  Many more photos and thanks to the hundreds of people who have supported the project on Facebook at “Save The Lansdowne.” 

National Endowment Awards Our Town Grant to The Lansdowne

NEA logoThe National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has awarded the Lansdowne Theater Project a $75,000 grant in support of the development of architectural design documents that will guide the restoration of the 1927 theater. The funds come from the NEA’s Our Town program that supports creative placemaking projects that improve the quality of life, encourage creative activity, create community identity and a sense of place, and help revitalize local communities.

There were 317 applications submitted for this round of grants with 80 grants being awarded nation-wide. The Lansdowne received one of only three awarded in Pennsylvania.

National Trust for Historic Preservation and Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission make grants in support of architectural planning at The Lansdowne

The National Trust for Historic Preservation and Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission have made grants totaling $15,000 in support of the development of architectural plans that will guide the restoration of the Lansdowne Theater façade. In order to release these funds the Historic Lansdowne Theater Corporation needs to raise $9,000 to meet the matching requirements. Please help us meet this challenge by making a donation today. Donations can be made here.

Note to Photographers, Ghost Hunters, etc..

The Lansdowne Theater has been deluged with requests for photography sessions and ghost hunter groups who want to explore the theater. We are glad to accommodate your requests. The charge to use the theater for these purposes is $125 per hour with a 2 hour minimum. Please email or call the office for further details. The fee helps to offset utility and staff costs for these events. We are grateful for everyone's enthusiasm for this unique building.

The Lansdowne: Through the Photographer’s Lens

For the past few months there have been numerous photographers who have visited The Lansdowne to capture images of this space caught in time. Below are some links that take you to several of the photographers websites. Click on the photographers’ name to see their unique 'take' on The Lansdowne. Hope you enjoy!

Matt Lambros (you will have to scroll down to see The Lansdowne)

Scott Frederick

Kevin Brett

Mike Froio

Please Support the Campaign to Restore and Permanently Reopen the Theater.

Tax-deductible contributions may be sent to the Historic Lansdowne Theater Corporation at 31 North Lansdowne Avenue Lansdowne, PA 19050. Donations can also be made through this website. Please join us in this important project!

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