The Lansdowne Theater hopes to return to its glory days, even as other grand theaters from Hollywood’s heyday are converted or demolished, according to a Movers & Makers segment at WHYY.
The theater is part of a concentrated effort to preserve the rich architectural legacy of the community. That effort has already helped restore the Lansdowne railroad station designed by Frank Furness and save a 400-year-old Sycamore tree by creating Sycamore Park.
“It’s a very unique community, and it has evolved, continues to evolve, and the Lansdowne Theater is a major piece of that evolution,” said Matt Schultz, executive director of the Historic Lansdowne Theater.
The theater was designed by William H. Lee, who traveled the world, incorporating various foreign influences into his works. The Lansdowne Theater was made in the Moorish style of architecture.
While many old theaters are now funeral homes or storage facilities, the goal for the Lansdowne Theater is that it continues to offer entertainment, with a feeling of stepping into a time machine, only with a broader list of performances.
“Lansdowne is really the last of its breed in the Philadelphia area,” said Schultz.
Beginning at the 14:10 mark, watch the segment on the Lansdowne Theater at WHYY below.