Lansdowne Theatre Workshop

Lansdowne Theatre Workshop

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Important Note: Due to COVID and the size of the theater, this workshop will be running at a reduced capacity of 6 attendees per session. The Lansdowne is undergoing renovation soon, so if you're interested don't miss your chance to see it!


According to the Historic Lansdowne Theater Corp., "The Stanley Warner Company and Herbert Effinger commissioned renowned and prolific theater architect William H. Lee to design a 1300-seat movie theater in the heart of Lansdowne’s Central Business District. Based in Philadelphia, Lee designed more than 80 movie houses one as far away as Hawaii. Designed in the popular Hollywood Moorish style, the $250,000 theater was opened just before the advent of the “talkies” and harkens to the days of romantic silent films. Visitors moved through the front doors, up an incline, and into a Moorish style courtyard with fountains at each end. Large lighting fixtures hung in the lobby, which opened to the grand auditorium. With its elaborately painted ceiling, grand chandelier,balconies, and large proscenium, the theater is a feast for the eyes.

The theater was closed due to an electrical fire in the basement in 1987. Since purchasing the building in 2007, the Historic Lansdowne Theater Corporation has been working to return the building to use: "much-needed repairs to the roof have been made, a fire detection system has been installed throughout, obsolete and unused mechanical systems have been removed, second floor offices have been renovated, and retail stores have been brought into compliance with building codes."

Participants are strongly encouraged to bring a dSLR or mirrorless camera and tripod to the workshop - all are welcome but point & shoot cameras may be inadequate to photograph the space.


This workshop is an excellent choice for beginners and people who will need more help with camera settings, or those who like taking time and/or focusing on details!


50% of all profits go to the Historic Lansdowne Theater Corp. This location and its history are featured in my book, Abandoned America: The Age of Consequences. You can also check it out on the Abandoned America website


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  • Address: 31 N Lansdowne Ave., Lansdowne, PA 19050


    Parking: Available in lot across the street