Alden Theater

3641 Midvale Avenue,
Philadelphia, PA 19129

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Architects: Armand de Cortieux Carroll

Styles: Art Deco

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Alden Movie Theater 1966

The Alden Theater opened in 1938. It is were I saw my first movie. The price was 35 cents and we used to go on Saturday and Sunday all day. It was located on Midvale Avenue in the East Falls neighborhood of Philadelphia.

It was closed in January 1969 and was demolished soon after and a Gino’s fast food restaurant was built on the site. It was a big part of my life.

Contributed by Walt Price

Recent comments (view all 24 comments)

ameyring on September 4, 2010 at 9:28 pm

Could you send me your picture of the Alden? I only have one viewed from the direction of the railroad bridge, which I will be happy to send to you. Thanks!

wprice1954 on September 8, 2010 at 9:01 am

Can you please send me the photo you have of the Alden. The Alden was a big part of my life. I have been looking forever for a photo of the Alden. Thank you for being so kind to offer the photo, Walt

lean1954 on April 11, 2011 at 5:50 pm

If you are still reading this page I also would love a photo of the Alden Theatre. I recall my grandmother taking me there to see Babes in Toyland. I also remember seeing the 13 Ghosts, The Mark of the Devil and Bonnie and Clyde. I spent my first 11 or 12 years growing up on Weightman Street. We then moved to the 3500 block of Ainslie Street. My folks still live there. My email is

There is a dedicated page to East Falls on Facebook if you are not already aware of that.

HowardBHaas on February 24, 2012 at 5:38 pm

Copy & paste this link from East Falls Historical Society, then click on photo to make it larger:

TEE on February 25, 2013 at 7:38 am

I am not sure if anyone still reads this page. We never had the money to go in the cinama, back then. I do remember the area well. Until a few minutes ago, I thought that the first school I attended was J.L Kinsey. But I went to Mifflin for kindergarten back in 69'. Also lived in the Abbottsford housing projects off Henry ave. I remember Mrs Powdermaker and Ms. Johnson. Wow.. Thanks for the replacement of long forgotten memories

TheALAN on March 24, 2014 at 10:12 pm

For those who think Cinema Treasures is a social site to talk about old school mates, teachers and principles, it is not. I’m sure Mifflin School has a page. This site is about old movie theaters. Please stay on-topic!

TheALAN on August 29, 2014 at 6:37 pm

Walt Price says the Alden Theater was demolished in the 1980’s. That covers an entire decade. Does anyone know the exact year? Also, who was the architect of the Alden Theater? Please share, and thanks!

rjr on August 30, 2014 at 7:18 am

The Alden was demolished around 1968. I watched it being torn down. A Gino’s was then built there, then a bank. I do not know the architect.

TheALAN on August 30, 2014 at 9:41 pm

Thank’s to RJR for sharing! I don’t know why Walt placed the demolition of the Alden in the 1980’s.

dallasmovietheaters on March 5, 2022 at 7:59 pm

Appears to have closed at the end of a 30-year lease in January 1969. Designed in 1938.

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