Lansdale Theater

545 W. Main Street,
Lansdale, PA 19446

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Architects: Louis Magaziner

Firms: Magaziner, Eberhard, and Harris

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Lansdale Theatre exterior

The Landsdale Theater was located on Main Street in Lansdale. It was opened in December 1922, but suffered heavy damage in an early-January 1923 fire. It reopened later in 1923. On March 5, 1928 a United States 3 manual 14 ranks pipe organ was installed. In 1945 the organ was removed to a Baptist Church in Phoenixville, PA. Since 1981 it has been installed in the Sunnybrook Ballroom, Pottstown, PA.

The Landsdale Theater was closed sometime in the late 1970’s. The entire block was torn down at that time to make way for a new bank, which closed about 10 years later and the building now has an insurance company at one end and an art gallery at the other - the art gallery portion of the building sitting approximately where the theater entrance was.

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Recent comments (view all 19 comments)

teecee on March 15, 2005 at 11:37 am

Lansdale’s Grand Old Movie Houses will be featured at the Lansdale Historical Society’s May 10th meeting. A snow storm cancelled the March 8th meeting.

HowardBHaas on July 6, 2008 at 5:03 pm

Somebody who visited the theater tells me all seating was on one floor, he recalls 3 large ceiling domes in the auditorium, and he thinks he recalls chariots in plaster on the side walls of the auditorium.

HowardBHaas on February 11, 2009 at 10:38 am

No doubt for the era of scope films, 5 Sept 1953 Box Office reported installation of a new 40 feet wide movie screen

kencmcintyre on April 17, 2010 at 9:51 am

The 1948 IMPA lists a Music Hall Theater in Lansdale as part of the Pizer Lewen Circuit. I haven’t found any information to corroborate this, however.

HowardBHaas on October 14, 2019 at 4:38 am

Friends, Ron & Roberta emailed me this about yesterday- The Garden State Theater Society had a luncheon, open console, and a mini concert by Candi Carley Roth at the Sunnybrook Ballroom in Pottstown on Sunday.  We had never heard the United States Organ, which was originally installed in the Lansdale Theater. 

amby_moho on August 4, 2021 at 3:59 pm

such a travesty that this was demolished. so frustrating

amby_moho on August 4, 2021 at 4:01 pm

interesting fact: the original chandelier and some other facets of this theater were relocated to Ashland, Oregon:

50sSNIPES on September 13, 2023 at 7:08 pm

The Lansdale Theater opened in December 1922, but suffered fire damage in early-January 1923. It reopened later that same year.

On November 1, 1944, the interior of the theater received major damage after a four-point deer ran wild inside the theater, destroying the theater’s organ, broke their wooden grillwork, and damaged multiple seats. Police were able to catch the deer after being trapped beneath the stage.

rivest266 on February 27, 2024 at 12:20 pm

Grand opening ad posted.

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