AMC Orleans 8

2247 Bleigh Street,
Philadelphia, PA 19152

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Previously operated by: AMC Theatres, Budco, William Goldman Theaters Inc.

Previous Names: Orleans Theatre

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AMC Orleans 8

The Orleans Theatre was opened in 1963 by local movie operator William Goldman.

Budco acquired Goldman Theatres in 1972, and they twinned the Orleans Theatre on May 24, 1972. Two smaller screens were added to the original building on July 22, 1977, and four screens were added in the back of a Pathmark Supermarket in December 1983.

AMC Theatres acquired the Budco theater chain in 1986. It was closed on Labor Day, 2007 and demolished.

Contributed by Michael R. Rambo Jr.

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Eddie J
Eddie J on June 17, 2011 at 8:31 pm

So 3 and a half years later and we can comment again! (I hope, if this goes thru) While I do miss the convience of the AMC Orleans 8, its time was up, if it got a nice renovation sometime in the 90s or even early 2000s it could’ve still been here today, but either way we have the memories of it. I do enjoy the Target there (which has been opened for over 2 years now) I won’t lie, and the last movie I would see at the orleans was the simpsons movie.

TheALAN on July 4, 2013 at 8:53 am

The Orleans was a prefabbed monstrosity. The Fox (2,423 seats), Stanley (2,916 seats), Boyd (2,450 seats), Oxford, 1,964 seats), Erlanger (1,890 seats), Uptown (2,040 seats) are only a few of Philadelphia’s grand movie palaces of the past. Comparing the Orleans is contemptible! Any quality Orleans might have possessed was destroyed when Budco split it in two. And adding four screens to the back of a grocery store never seemed to fit. There are great memories associated with the Orleans but certainly not for the building itself. Rest in peace you pile of rubble.

rivest266 on May 19, 2014 at 11:42 am

Tiny grand opening ad in the photo section as well as from its source at

robboehm on December 26, 2014 at 9:43 am

rivest266 is Mike Rivest from Montreal, Canada who has created his own website of theaters in the United States and Canada which is available on a down loadable spreadsheet at He has amassed some very interesting material on US theaters figuring he lives in a different country.

TheALAN on April 9, 2015 at 2:43 pm

The Cottman-Bustleton Center is on Cottman Avenue (2139), not Bleigh Avenue!

dawnd on June 20, 2015 at 7:50 pm

I remember Mom dropping us kids off for an afternoon at the movies. We each got one dollar. It was 50 cents to get in, and then we had 50 cents to spend on a candy and a drink. Those were the days!

rivest266 on October 8, 2016 at 12:42 pm

2 screens on May 24th, 1972, 4 on July 22nd, 1977 and eight on December 1983.

Eddie J
Eddie J on August 14, 2017 at 4:22 pm

A few weeks from now will be 10 years since the orleans closed (Labor Day 2007).

Michael R. Rambo Jr.
Michael R. Rambo Jr. on January 20, 2021 at 9:44 am

This was 1 of 2 theatres in the Philadelphia area that opened “The Godfather Part II” on Christmas Day 1974, the other being General Cinema’s Cinema Cherry Hill I & II. Don’t know which Center City theatre had this film.

rivest266 on January 20, 2021 at 10:12 am

It played the Budco Regency downtown.

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