The Historic Lansdowne Theater Corporation , a private non-profit corporation, was established to purchase and rehabilitate the Lansdowne Theater as a place of public entertainment. The reopening of the 1,358 seat theater will catalyze the revitalization of Lansdowne’s historic business district and make the arts, especially live music, more accessible to patrons from throughout the Philadelphia region.
Operating as a single screen movie theater from 1927 to 1987 the beloved Lansdowne Theater is one of last great theaters from the 1920s that remains largely unchanged in the Philadelphia area. While the building has suffered from years of deferred maintenance it is not difficult to image what it once was and what it can be again.
The Historic Lansdowne Theater Corporation purchased the building in 2007 using a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development. The corporation actively sought tenants that would enliven the building and attract patrons to that would enjoy being in historic Lansdowne. Today, Regency Café and Vinyl Revival are vital parts of our community.
The HLTC has stabilized the building through fixing leaks in the roof, installing a fire detection system throughout the building, and bringing the office and retail spaces into compliance with building codes. Using funding provided by Delaware County Council the theater’s marquee was also restored and relit with much fanfare in 2012.
We are grateful to the hundreds of volunteers who have helped to remove over 4 tons of trash from the building and have helped us to produce fundraisers in the space.
After working with consultants and architects, the corporation’s board of directors decided that to adaptively reuse the theater as a major concert venue featuring nationally-known adult alternative and classic rock musicians and singer songwriters. With this in mind the corporation has secured an experienced concert promoter to operate the theater.
Through the leadership of State Representative Nicholas Miccozie and State Senator Anthony Williams, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has made a $4 million award through the PA Redevelopment Capital Assistance Program. In order to access these funds the HLTC has been raising funds to meet the match and release these funds. Please join us today by helping us to meet these matching requirements. To make a donation, return to the homepage and click on the DONATE NOW button.