Our Town

Borough of Lansdowne

Lansdowne, Pennsylvania

$75,000

2012

The Borough of Lansdowne is located five miles southwest of Philadelphia and has a population of around 11,000.

The Borough is partnering with the Historic Lansdowne Theater Corporation and the Lansdowne Economic Development Corporation to develop a schematic design for adaptive reuse of the currently closed Lansdowne Theater to accommodate live popular music, film exhibition, performances, civic events, and educational programming by local arts groups. A recent economic impact analysis identified the theater's reopening as a critical element in revitalizing Lansdowne's central business district and surrounding neighborhoods. Its renovation is expected to create 50 direct and 150 indirect full-time equivalent jobs during construction alone. Mills + Schnoering Architects, LLC, has been selected as the project architect, and independent music promoter BRE Presents has committed to presenting as many as 60 concerts annually at the theater, expecting to attract patrons from the entire greater Philadelphia region.