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Awarded Best Movie Night by Philadelphia magazine in 2011, Cinema 16:9 projects theatrical run movies along with independent, foreign, and classic films in surround sound and full HD projection. Comprising two screens and 100 comfortable stadium-style seats, the theater also welcomes visitors to BYOB while catching a flick.

With a passion for historic movie theaters—and a simultaneous disappointment with the unoriginality of major multiplexes—founder David Titus has created a modern moviegoing experience that maintains the uniqueness and charm of Golden Age movie theaters. Along with an eclectic list of screenings, the theater features creative programming such as Terrible Tuesday, during which audiences mock terrible films; 8-Bit Warrior Wednesday, at which attendees play classic NES and SuperNES games on the big screen; and Dinner and a Movie, which includes discounted movie tickets and discounted meals at great local restaurants.

For those who like to watch movies at home, the theater’s movie-rental program features more than 3,000 titles on DVD and Blu-ray. All-out cinephiles can benefit from the theater’s membership program, which offers plans with unlimited movie tickets and rentals. The theater also hosts private movie screenings for birthday parties and challenging knitting parties and boasts a full concession stand that doles out organic and local foodstuffs in eco-friendly containers.

35 N Lansdowne Ave
Lansdowne,
PA
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Instructor Owen Biddle shares his passion for shutterbugging during small, personalized classes at his eponymous photography school. A photo artist himself, Owen doesn't separate composition from technical instruction; instead, he invites students to see the artistic possibilities in everything they do with their cameras. Besides photography classes for all levels, from beginner to advanced, he also leads photo salons and field trips to help his pupils hone their skills.

31 North Lansdowne Avenue
Lansdowne,
PA
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  • 1908: a nickelodeon opens on South Street under the name the Crystal Palace
  • 1927: the movie theater is converted into a concert hall
  • 1941: the concert hall is converted into a movie theater
  • 1959: director Andre Gregory founds an avant-garde performance group in the theater, and gives it a new name?the Theatre of the Living Arts
  • 1960?1968: the troupe's critically acclaimed shows, including The Critic?and?Poor Bitos, feature such future legends as Danny DeVito, Judd Hirsch, and Morgan Freeman
  • 1976: years after the performance group goes bankrupt, a newly opened movie theater realizes it can pay its rent with weekly screenings of?Rocky Horror Picture Show
  • 1988: after one final transformation, the Theatre of the Living Arts becomes a live performance venue once again
  • 2013: now exclusively a music stage, the theater earns a spot on Complex's list of America's 50 best concert venues

S 69th St. & Ludlow St.
Upper Darby,
PA
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"There are no strangers here—just friends you have yet to meet,” so reads the motto painted on the parchment-colored walls of Maggie O'Neill's foyer. The pub aims to live up to this neighborly ethos by offering up an inviting hangout space with three stories. In the top-floor bar area, you can sip on a draft beer, play shuffleboard, or catch a basketball game on TV. The downstairs dining area has table draped in linens, and you can head here to enjoy beer-battered fish and chips and golden-brown shepherd’s pie.

Maggie O’Neill’s décor is an homage to Ireland: there’s a hand-painted Guinness ad on the building's exterior, and the bartop is made of dark varnished wood. Along the walls inside, you might notice the Poet's Corner, which is dedicated to famous Irish authors. It has impassioned musings on art from James Joyce, witty nuggets of wisdom from Jonathan Swift, and Brendan Behan’s rhymed shopping lists.

1062 Pontiac Road
Upper Darby,
PA
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At Drexeline Billiards Club, customers can shoot pool at a number of well-maintained tables. They're encouraged to play for fun or competitively in Drexeline's tournaments and leagues. The club also serves light bar snacks.

5100 State Rd
Drexel Hill,
PA
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