Studio Movie Grill at 69th Street

53 S. 69th Street,
Upper Darby, PA 19082

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Operated by: Studio Movie Grill

Previously operated by: United Artists Theater Circuit Inc.

Functions: Movies (First Run)

Previous Names: UA Movies at 69th Street

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The UA Movies at 69th Street is immediately outside Philadelphia (at its western suburbs) in Upper Darby in Delaware County, one block from Septa’s transportation station known as the 69th Street Terminal.

The movie theater is one block from the 69th Street Terminal in a historic shopping corridor that also includes the historic Tower Theatre movie palace (now open only for concerts). A major newspaper advertisement stated that “Free Lighted Parking” is provided.

With more than 2,000 seats, the movie theatre opened on Christmas Day 1992, returning movie theaters to an area that had previously had single screen theaters for decades.

Appropriately enough for a shopping area that has many Art Deco style buildings, the theater’s exterior is in a neo-Deco style. There are nine auditoriums, which are “shoebox”-style screening rooms rather than the auditoriums with stadium seating and very large screens found in today’s megaplexes.

It was closed in mid-December 2012. It reopened July 23, 2015 as a Studio Movie Grill with 9 auditoriums, with a total of 831 seats, and a bar.

Contributed by Howard B Haas

Recent comments (view all 18 comments)

Mikeoaklandpark on April 5, 2015 at 9:38 pm

Great news Howard. The area is coming back with this opening and the old 69th Street theater now Theater 7000 and of course long live the Tower.

HowardBHaas on May 29, 2015 at 12:20 pm

Inquirer article 2 days ago says late July 2015 opening expected

alps on June 4, 2015 at 1:49 am

My advice to the new management, security, security, security! I am not being cynical but if you let a patronage of individuals, whom you cannot reason with, destroy this theater as they did with the UA and the UA Cheltenham. The Cinemark on 40th St, has a curfew to keep little hellions out of the theater after 9:00 PM.

HowardBHaas on January 25, 2017 at 2:58 pm

today’s Inquirer article on 2 hotels opening in Upper Darby has the following paragraph: In 2015, Studio Movie Grill opened a $6 million state-of-the-art digital theater complex with nine theaters and 900 reclining seats. H&M, Gap, Old Navy, Fresh Grocer, Ross, and Burlington Coat Factory also have opened in the 69th Street area in recent years.

Mikeoaklandpark on January 25, 2017 at 4:38 pm

I hope this theater does well Howard.

greenth1ng on February 19, 2017 at 7:11 pm

Seating capacities at this theater (via Fandango’s reserved seating service):

  • Theater 1 – 113 seats

  • Theater 2 – 63 seats

  • Theater 3 – 57 seats

  • Theater 4 – 72 seats

  • Theater 5 – 108 seats

  • Theater 6 – 171 seats

  • Theaters 7 & 9 – 82 seats

  • Theater 8 – 83 seats

Mikeoaklandpark on February 5, 2024 at 8:50 pm

Howard is this theater still open? I saw on another post Studio Movie Grill was out of business.

m00se1111 on February 5, 2024 at 10:45 pm

Mikeoaklandpark on February 6, 2024 at 8:05 pm

Thanks mOOse1111. Glad they are still open. I grew up there. Happy that the Tower is still in operation as a concert venue and the old 69th St after being closed for over 40 years is reopened for church plays.

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