Brookline Theatre

34 Brookline Boulevard,
Havertown, PA 19083

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Functions: Gymnasium

Previous Names: Boulevard Theatre

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Brookline Theatre

The Boulevard Theatre opened in 1928, built by Salasin and Freed, who had built the Narberth Theatre the year before. It was later renamed Brookline Theatre. I went to this theatre in 1976, when my job was as a “movie inspector” - what you’d now call a mystery shopper. I saw “Murder by Death” so many times that I could recite the dialogue, and I knew when Maggie Smith’s line to David Niven was coming up that would always cause the kids to howl. Good family-style theatre.

It was closed on June 21, 1981 with Jane Fonda in “9 to 5”. It is now a gymnasium.

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Recent comments (view all 21 comments)

bobc316 on May 31, 2011 at 1:15 am

i uploaded a few pics of brookline theatre some memoralbilia. enjoy the memories lets hear some stories bout the brookline pleaseeee

bobc316 on July 30, 2011 at 6:37 pm

just received an awesome surprise my friend called me saying he had something else from the brookline. a 1935 movie theatre program. more cinema treasures saved from the brookline. this cherished items need to be saved!!!

anewnham on May 19, 2012 at 4:59 am

The new YMCA will open in a year, and planet fitness is kicking it up in ardmore. I suspect that this small gym may struggle. (Hate to wish bad things for Bob’s friend) I think it would be really cool to try to re open as a community arts and theater. There is a group making a go of it at St andrews as that old church is being sold. Gas prices are up, kids walk all over town friday and sat. There is the Wolf theater school in town managing in an old church basement at Holy Apostles teaching theator. If anyone would want to have a conversation I’d be interested.

bobc316 on May 20, 2012 at 3:32 am

the gym may struggle but its family oriented it should do ok but these days you never know plus with ymca moving in on eagle rd near the gym. will see stay tune

bobc316 on June 29, 2012 at 7:41 pm

i just got a ticket from brookline theatre !!!! yes veryyyy rare. from 1974 the thief who came to dinner starring ryan o'neil. i posted the ticket never thought id find one yeaa

bobc316 on July 1, 2012 at 8:39 pm

if anybody here has a facebook page join my brookline theatre group pleasee thankyou

anewnham on July 24, 2012 at 9:14 pm

Hey bob,
I’ll freind your theator facebook the next time I’m on. I have talked to a few of the “civic” crazy folks in town and there would be intrest in reviving the theator in some form if it bacame available.

I still wish your freind the best with the fitness business. The township just entered the fitness game with their new center. YMCA soon. Its getting more competitive not less!

bobc316 on September 26, 2012 at 10:45 pm

recently a piece of BROOKLINE THEATRE LORE has come to light i have the one and only ticket found from brookline theatre in 30 years! its time to celebrate this grand moment now the only ticket from brookline rests together with the only movie program from brooklines predaccesors name the boulivard!!! truly history brookline lives

Woodmere on February 21, 2018 at 11:19 pm

The family theater of my youth and “kiddie matinee” Saturdays with the serial “comedy races” & “cliffhangers. During Lent the kiddie matinee was on Sundays. Kids got a ticket number and if the comedy race was won by the contestant with that number a small prize was given. My whole family went there some weeknights. "Havertown” was “Brookline” then but the Postal Service had a Brookline near Pittsburgh so a change was forced. For we “pint-sized” kids—Mighty Mouse was our favorite! Really a pretty ordinary movie house but only our next door neighbor had a TV. He was a TV Engineer for RCA across the Deleware River in Camden, NJ.

dallasmovietheaters on May 7, 2022 at 8:43 pm

The Brookline Theatre appears to have ceased operations as a sub-run discount venue following the June 21, 1981 screening of “9 to 5.” What a way to make a living.

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