Lansdowne Theater still beloved in sold-out concert
By Kathy Boccella
Inquirer Staff Writer
For 60 years, its big screen flickered with everything from 15-cent silent movies to Hollywood blockbusters and $1 oldies.
Then, on July 3, 1987, a fire broke out during a showing of Beverly Hills Cop II. The Moorish-themed Lansdowne Theater closed its doors, a vanishing piece of Americana in an era of 12-screen multiplexes.
Now, like the Terminator, this gem of early-20th-century Hollywood architecture is back. Just don’t expect such niceties as bathrooms and electricity.
Last month, the 1,100-seat theater reopened for a one-night-only concert, looking much the way it did after the fire.