Route 70 East,
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Previously operated by: Budco, General Cinema Corp., Walter Reade Theatres
Architects: David Marner
Functions: Office Space, Retail
Styles: Colonial Revival
A Colonial-styled theatre built as an outbuilding of the Barclay Center shopping plaza, the Community Theatre was opened June 7, 1963 with Peter Sellers in “The Wrong Arm of the Law”. Originally a Walter Reade theatre, it passed to General Cinema sometime after 1964. Tended to play second fiddle to GCC’s Cherry Hill Mall Cinema in terms of bookings. Very plain auditorium, no particular decor. Lasted into the early or mid-1980’s as a theatre, then renovated into office and retail space.
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Developer of Barclay Farms was Robert Scarborough. Originally envisioned as an art & foreign film theatre.
Saw Jaws, Popeye and a double feature of For Your Eyes Only & Tarzan The Ape Man…. now it’s Cutter’s Mill, A pet food store.
Does anyone know if the Community Theatre at Barclay Farms was of similuar shape and design to the long-gone Budco Theatres' Doylestown Barn Cinema/AMC Barn 5 Theatre?
I don’t know about the Doylestown theater, but this one was very similar to the Community Theater in Eatontown, New Jersey, pictured here.
I know this theatre closed 1982/1983 by it’s final operator, Budco Theatres
As RickB pointed out, this theater was of similar design to the Community Theatre in Eatontown, New Jersey. In fact, comparing photos of the Cherry Hill house with those of the Eatontown location that appear in this article from Boxoffice of November 9, 1964, the two are virtually identical. The article attributes the design of the Eatontown house to architect David Marner, so it’s probably safe to assume that he designed the Cherry Hill project as well.
This opened on June 7th, 1963. Its grand opening ad can be found in the photo section for this theatre.
Building could be demolished and replaced with a Wawa store. Inquirer story has only a passing mention of the theater, but here it is anyway.