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Donor Appreciation Month: Lansdowne Theater Gear - 10% Off

Lansdowne Theather Gear!
From now until July 4th, we are celebrating you, the donors keeping this project alive! Enter the coupon code 'savethelansdowne' and get 10% off your order at our online Shopify store! Hurry this deal won't last long. And many thanks to all of our donors over the years. Without you, this restoration effort could never happen.

The Lansdowne featured on WHYY’s “Movers and Makers”

Thursday April 25th at 9:00pm and Sunday April 28th at 10:30am

The Lansdowne Theater was featured on WHYY’s “Movers and Makers” on Thursday April 25th at 9:00pm and Sunday April 28th at 10:30am. Check out the video below. The Lansdowne story is the third segment of the show. If you want to fast forward to the story-- it starts at 14:10. Enjoy!

From WHYY’s website, “Movers & Makers introduces you to fascinating people and interesting places in the greater Philadelphia region. Explore our unique and vibrant local arts scene and get to know creators making an impact on our communities.”

To support the effort to restore The Lansdowne, make a donation or contact the theater.

Lansdowne Theater Façade To Be Restored

Contract Awarded, Work begins this spring

Using funding awarded by Delaware County Council and the Delaware County Office of Community and Housing Development, The Presser Foundation, Connelly Foundation and individual donors, the masonry on the theater’s main façade, from the second floor up will be restored this spring and summer. Work to be completed includes cleaning the façade, repointing the cast stone, removing concrete patches and replacing them with stucco, painting the stucco, recasting and installing missing architectural details, and repainting metal railings.

The contractor for the project is Materials Conservation. Atkin Olshin Schade Architects is providing construction oversight. The contractor will need to use a lift to access the façade. Please be aware that the sidewalk access may be limited during work.

During the restoration Regency Café and Vinyl Revival will remain accessible and open. No work will take place on weekends.

These are exciting times!

Lansdowne Theater on NBC's Today Show!

The historic Lansdowne Theater was featured on NBC's Today Show today, Thursday February 28, 2019! Though the story is entitled, "Abandoned theater, historic theater was once a small town's crown jewel," the building is abandoned no more and is much beloved in Delaware County. With your help, we can polish this jewel and make sure it shines again!

Your tax deductible contribution will help transform this iconic 1920s theater into a unique concert venue. Donate online by clicking here, or send a check payable to HLTC:

Historic Lansdowne Theater Corporation
31 North Lansdowne Avenue
Lansdowne, PA 19050

2019 Annual Fund Underway!

Your support, no matter how small, helps move this important project forward. Funds raised in the Annual Fund pay for design services, and other consultants who help shape the restoration of the Lansdowne Theater.

Please make a contribution today by sending a check made payable to HLTC and send it to HLTC 31 North Lansdowne Avenue Lansdowne, PA 19050. You may also make a secure contribution using your credit card by clicking on the yellow button on the right side of this page.

Your contribution is tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law and is greatly appreciated. Please make sure to provide your mailing address so we may send you an acknowledgement.

Many thanks to the 2018 donors. Every contribution helps us get closer to our ultimate goal of reopening The Lansdowne.

Delaware County Council Makes Major Grant To The Lansdowne In Support Of The Restoration Of The Historic Facade

The Lansdowne Theater is thrilled to announce that Delaware County Council has made a $70,000 grant in support of the further restoration of the theater's facade. Specifically, the masonry elements will be cleaned, restoration and repainted. Additional elements will be restored using funds received from The Presser Foundation. Due to the timing of the grants work will begin in the spring and conclude during the summer of 2019.

A very special note of thanks goes out to County Council Chairperson John McBlain and his colleagues—Colleen Morrone, Michael Culp, Kevin Madden and Brian Zidek. This is the third grant we have received from council—we appreciate their commitment to Lansdowne and to this project!

The Lansdowne Theater Provides You With An Opportunity To See Your Name In Lights!

Posting a message on the Lansdowne Theater Marquee is a great way to celebrate a birthday, anniversary, or graduation all while supporting the theater project. And it’s simple to do.

• Decide on your message. Make sure to keep it very simple. There’s only so much room on the marquee. Please note that the message appears on only one of the three panels on the marquee.

• Decide on the date that you want the message revealed. We’ll make sure the marquee is lit from sundown to 11:00 p.m. on that day.

• We guarantee your message will appear on the day you designate. It may stay up longer depending on if others are in line who want to post a message.

• Email us at to check to see if the date is available, and the message is appropriate.*

• Once we’re set—make a $100 donation by clicking on the Donate button on this webpage. Messages over 30 characters cost $150.

• Make sure to post your photo of the honoree under the lit marquee on the theater’s Facebook page “Save the Lansdowne Theater.” Let others in on the celebration and know that you support the Lansdowne Theater!

*The Historic Lansdowne Theater Corporation reserves the right to reject any message for any reason.

Lansdowne Theater Presents... Reade McCardell Performing His Original Song Entitled “The Sun A Liar”

Reade McCardell is a true “Renaissance Man.” From hosting a weekly radio show called Fewsh on G-town Radio to recording a curated double-album of incredibly obscure covers, McCardell brings a warm smile, unmatched wit, and masterful artistry to everything that he does. In “The Sun A Liar,” McCardell weaves beautiful fingerpicking on his acoustic guitar under a tale of a sustaining love that "looks great in a swimming suit, too." It's a pleasure to present to you, Reade McCardell. Stay tuned...


Lansdowne Theater Presents was created to raise awareness about the restoration of the Lansdowne Theater, an ongoing effort to revive this beautiful historic theater as a centerpiece not only for Lansdowne but for the entire Philadelphia region. We're excited to celebrate and support the many talented artists from our area through this online series, bridging the gap between great artists and a great space!

Presser Foundation Makes $150,000 Grant In Support of the Restoration of The Lansdowne

From left to right: Lansdowne Mayor Anthony Campuzano; William Brown, HLTC Treasurer; Matthew Schultz, HLTC Executive Director; Brian Flounders, HLTC board member; Stephanie Strassel, HLTC board member; Vera Wilson, Presser Foundation, Trustee; and HLTC President, Robert Jara.

Prior to the Lansdowne Symphony Orchestra’s performance of “Peter and the Wolf” on May 20th The Presser Foundation announced that it has made a $150,000 grant to the ongoing effort to restore and reopen the 90 year old landmark as a concert venue. Vera Wilson, a member of The Presser Foundation Board of Trustees said, “The Presser Foundation is pleased to provide this support for a project that will restore this wonderful building, provide musical performances and educational opportunities for area students, and spur further community support and development.”

During the check presentation, Historic Lansdowne Theater Corporation (HLTC) President Robert Jara said, “The Historic Lansdowne Theater Corporation is honored to have received this generous commitment from the prestigious Presser Foundation. We appreciate the foundation’s endorsement and look forward to making classical music available at The Lansdowne.”

Lansdowne Theater Launches Online Store

The Historic Lansdowne Theater Corporation has created an online retail store. The store allows you to purchase ticketsto special events at the theater, t-shirts, sweatshirts and tote bags. There are other great items relating to Lansdowne such as books, DVDs and other items.

All sales benefit the ongoing restoration of the Lansdowne Theater. Please note the availability is very limited some items.

Your support is tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law. All contributions are acknowledged with a letter and donors, if they wish, will be listed our website. Thanks for your support.

Lansdowne Theater Ticket Booth Unveiled

Lansdowne Theater ticket booth unveiled.

Over 100 loyal supporters joined Mayor Anthony Campuzano and Historic Lansdowne Theater Corporation board members to unveil the restored historic ticket booth in the theater’s outdoor lobby on October 3rd.

The ticket booth was restored using the very familiar marble veneer and stainless steel. Stainless steel cresting was added to the top of the booth that takes its design from the pediments on the historic poster cases. The most noticeable change to the lobby is the installation of new lit poster cases on the front of the theater. The stucco walls were redone and poster cases restored to their original color. The pendent lights were rewired, stripped and repainted to the original colors. The rounded glass was also reproduced and installed. We are grateful to the project contractor Materials Conservation and project architect for their excellent work.

Lansdowne Theater marquee lit up at night.

The theater wants to thank Delaware County Council for its steadfast and generous support of this project. Council allocated $153,000 in Community Development Block Grant funds to the restoration of the lobby. Council previously supported the restoration of the marquee.

Lansdowne Voters Overwhelmingly Vote In Favor Of Performing Arts Facilities Liquor License

Lansdowne voters cast 1, 279 in favor and 216 not in favor of the referendum that would allow for a restrictive Performing Arts Facilities Liquor License in the Borough of Lansdowne.

This license allows for the sale of liquor to theater patrons before, during and after performances. We greatly appreciate all voters that took the time to cast their votes.

The Lansdowne Has Served As A Backdrop For Numerous Films And Commercials

Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper standing in front of the Lansdowne Theater.

The Lansdowne has served as a backdrop and featured in numerous films. Most notable is “Silver Linings Playbook” which featured Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper.

The Lansdowne will be featured in the upcoming documentary, “Dying of the Light” which explores the changes in the technology behind film exhibition.

The Lansdowne served as the location of series of commercials for AMC cable’s Halloween film festival “Fearfest.”

Lansdowne Theater Kimball Organ FOUND!

Lansdowne Theater Kimball 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.

Historic Photos of Lansdowne Theater Discovered

Lansdowne Theater lobby circa 1927

Much to our delight Kimberley Hecht, great-granddaughter of Harry Brodsky, contacted The Lansdowne to share photographs taken of the theater shortly before it opened in 1927. Brodsky was the theater decorator who designed and executed the interior decoration at The Lansdowne. Thanks Kimberley for sharing these treasures with us.