Friends of the Boyd



Dickinson Theatre Organ Society History Page
Information about the Boyd with particular focus on the theatre organ, which is now in Delaware.

Boyd Theatre
Philadelphia Architects and Buildings Project
The Athenaeum of Philadelphia and other groups

Cinema Treasures

Theatre Historical Society of America

Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia

Pennsylvania Historic and Museum Commission

National Trust for Historic Preservation

Historic Movie Theaters of Center City article featuring the Boyd The PhillyHistory Blog, a project of the Philadelphia City Archive, posted on February 9, 2011 this great essay by Shawn Evans, AIA, on the history of Philadelphia’s Movie Theaters, using historic images from their collection and adapted from the Friends of the Boyd powerpoint presentation which was also prepared by Shawn.

Neighborhood Movie Theatres of Philadelphia article, also by Shawn Evans, AIA, in 2011.

Photos of movie theaters, including many in the Philadelphia region

Historic Movie Theaters in Philadelphia Suburbs which Show Movies Daily

Our Facebook gallery of historic movie theaters in the Philly burbs

Northern Suburbs of Philadelphia

Montgomery County

(Septa train, Lansdale/Doylestown line)
1928 Spanish Colonial. Auditorium triplexed in 2005. Auditorium 1 has original screen.

Hiway, in Jenkintown
(Septa train to Noble, West Trenton line)
1913, has had different names & styles. Single screen

Bucks County

County, in Doylestown
(Septa train, Lansdale/Doylestown line)
1938 Art Moderne style of Art Deco. Auditorium twinned 1980’s.

Movies since 1906 in a 19th Century town hall. Single screen.

Western Suburbs of Philadelphia

Chester County

Colonial, in Phoenixville
(Septa bus 99 or 139 from King of Prussia Mall)
1903 neo-classical. Historic theater + 2 new auditoriums in adjacent, restored historic building.  Wurlitzer pipe organ.

Delaware County

Anthony Wayne, in Wayne
(Septa train, Paoli/Thorndale line)
1928 Art Deco. Auditorium divided into 5 auditoriums in 1998.

Montgomery County

Bala (Septa bus 44 from Center City Philadelphia)
1926 Egyptian Revival. Auditorium triplexed in 1995. Middle auditorium has original screen. Bala closed 2014, hopefully will reopen!

Bryn Mawr Film Institute
(Septa train, Paoli/Thorndale line)
1926 as the Seville in Spanish styles. Auditorium twinned in 1978. In 2014, two more auditoriums opened, on vacant land.

(Septa train, Paoli/Thorndale line, or bus 44 from Center City Philadelphia)
1927 Spanish Renaissance. Auditorium twinned in 2004.

Grand, in East Greenville
1924 neo-classical. Single screen. Carr & Molton pipe organ.


Mayor Michael Nutter’s Announcement, May 29, 2008

Mayor John Street’s Radio Address on KYW Radio on August 10, 2002.