Hit Hard By Pandemic, Historic Narberth Theater Turns to Community for Help in Surviving

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After nearly a century in operation, Narberth Theater has had to turn to the community for help in surviving the pandemic that has all but decimated its business, writes Trang Do for CBS Philly.

The historic theater opened its doors in 1927. It is currently owned by Greg Wax of Reel Cinemas, whose father acquired the business in 1970. Over the years, the theater has become a neighborhood icon.

”We love the theater, we walk everywhere and it’s such a treat to be able to walk to a movie,” said Linda Pitts, a Narberth resident.

But today, it is impossible to be profitable under the state’s current ten percent capacity limit for theaters, said Wax.

“We took a loan and we got some PPP money so that we could keep some of the staff employed, but now it’s running out,” he said.

Now, he has started a GoFundMe page in the hopes of raising the funds necessary to survive. As of writing, the campaign has raised over $19,000 out of $100,000.

“There are not that many neighborhood movie theaters left,” Wax said. “So we’re just looking for a hand.”

Read more about Narberth Theater at CBS Philly by clicking here.

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