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Lansdowne Theatre, Suburban Philadelphia.

Howard Haas shares a link to a new article about what he characterizes as the most magnificent closed movie palace in Philadelphia’s burbs, the Lansdowne Theatre http://afterthefinalcurtain.net/2012/01/12/the-lansdowne-theatre/
The 1st auditorium photo posted is now the most viewed photo ever at cinematreasures.org with more than 13,000 hits!  The organist’s name is misspelled in the story – he was Leonard “Melody Mac” McLain. Shirley Hannum played the organ later before it was sold.

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  1. wayne zimmerman

    Correction: Neither spelling is correct! It is MacClain! Someone needs to check their sources and facts!
    Leonard married Dottie (Dorothy), a beautiful looking woman who was also a model and a pretty good theatre organist.
    In addition to loving Leonard (never knew her to refer to him as “Mac”), Dottie loved music and at times she would begin to sing (in the audience) when someone was playing the organ, somewhat disconcerting (to say the least) not only to the organist but to the audience seated near her.
    Dottie also loved her several dogs and sometimes would bring them to meetings, programs, etc.
    After “Mac” died, Dottie married Grant Whitcomb, a pretty decent theatre organist in his own right. Grant’s passing preceeded Dottie’s own death several years ago.
    In addition, there were a LOT more organists who played at the Lansdowne besides Shirley Hannum in the 1960′s and ’70′s. Some are deceased, but two who are still very much alive, AND performing, are Don Kinnier and this writer, Wayne Zimmmerman.

  2. Howard Haas shares a link to a new article about what he characterizes as the most magnificent closed movie palace in Philadelphia’s burbs, the Lansdowne Theatre http://afterthefinalcurtain.net/2012/01/12/the-lansdowne-theatre/
    The 1st auditorium photo posted is now the most viewed photo ever at cinematreasures.org with more than 13,000 hits! Another recent site features an amazing photo of the stagehouse, http://www.scottfrederickphotoblog.com/category/photography/abandoned/page/2/
    And more tantalizing photos are found on this site:
    http://soulimagery.zenfolio.com/lansdownetheatercorp

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