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History of the Lansdowne Theater | Southwest Vinyl Windows | southwestvinylwindows.com

At Southwest Vinyl Windows, Inc., we have a passion for everything local. Our regional customers are the heart of our business, and we do everything we can to make our service personalized and cost-effective for them. After all, they're what shapes our community. Similarly, we manufacture all of our products in our local facility, ensuring that product quality standards stay high and that our local economy stays strong.

We also have a love of local history—something our area is rich in. Recently, we participated in the re-making of a historic landmark, the Lansdowne Theater, and became a Silver Supporter of their IndieGogo campaign to access a major grant and perform much-needed renovations on the theater.

The Lansdowne was designed in the 1920s by William H. Lee, a prolific architect who designed over 80 theaters. The 1,300 seat Lansdowne cost $250,000 at the time to build and was embellished in the then-popular Hollywood Moorish style, an elaborate aesthetic that typified the era just before sound film became popular. Audiences entered the theater through an elegant courtyard that featured a fountain, and the theater itself boasted a chandelier, balconies, large proscenium and painted ceiling. At the time, the theater also featured an organ that was played live during silent films.

The theater operated regularly until misfortune struck in 1987, when an electrical fire broke out during a screening of Beverly Hills Cop II. The audience was evacuated safely, but there was severe damage to the theater's electrical system. Due to the massive financial loss, the theater shut down.

However, the community hadn't given up. The theater was purchased by Historic Lansdowne Theater Corporation in 2007, established in recognition of the theaters' historical and architectural significance and its role as a key player in revitalizing Lansdowne's Central Business District. And it's not just locals who have been made aware of the theater's beauty and charm. The exterior of the Lansdowne was featured in the film Silver Linings Playbook, starring Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper. The wry-humored romantic comedy was an award-winning box office success, and its clear love of Philadelphia culture exemplifies why landmarks like the Lansdowne need their communities' support.

The HLCT continues to make headway on renovating the theater, but it still needs your help. If you'd like to join Southwest Vinyl Windows, Inc. in supporting the Lansdowne, share this blog, visit the theater's Facebook page and make a donation.