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Curtains for United Artists Movie Theater in East Whiteland?

A car dealership is looking to open at the location on Lancaster Avenue.

What might Yogi Berra have said about Malvern's lone movie theater, United Artists East Whiteland Stadium 9? Perhaps that everyone goes there because it's never crowded.

The theater might not be around for much longer, though. Devon Automotive Group is in talks to purchase the property and open a car dealership on the site.

The company is requesting East Whiteland change the zoning of the three parcels that comprise the property from Village Mixed Use to Frontage Commercial so that it can open a Sloane Toyota dealership there. 

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At a township meeting Wednesday night, the Board of Supervisors scheduled a Dec. 12 public hearing to consider the zoning change.

If the United Artists does close, Malvern won't be without a theater of its own for long, as a luxury theater is due to open at Uptown Worthington.

carol ray November 16, 2012 at 12:12 PM
I always wondered why they never bothered to get a sign advertising what movies were playing
The Neighbor November 16, 2012 at 01:09 PM
I really don't want a car dealership in my neighborhood.
Barb Miller November 16, 2012 at 01:17 PM
They're located in Uptown Worthington, which they mentioned where a luxury movie theater is to be built.
Tony Malvern November 16, 2012 at 01:43 PM
How do I find out when/where the township meetings and public hearing meetings are scheduled ?
Geoeray November 16, 2012 at 01:44 PM
There was never a sign because the nearby residents raised cane about the theater being built and the land use varience came with a compromise, no sign. There were fears that would attract too much business then making it difficult to exit Prospect and Frame Avenues. Now you can't get onto RT. 30 hardly without a ramp or a light. It is a parking lot every day. At the time the theater was built there was a fairly organized group in the township that successfully fought off Rouse Corporation's development of Church Farm School property. Lets see if Toyota can get what they want without a sign. Time for a political memory check. It always seemed ridiculous to have a theater without a sign or a marquee. Time for a political memory check in EW. Follow the meetings.
Butch Beals November 16, 2012 at 02:05 PM
This is interesting. All this proactive development in East Whiteland. A storage facility/Office Building at the corner of Old Lincoln Highway and now an auto dealership in place of a movie theater. It seems to be carte blanche for any one willing to increase the revenue flow into East Whiteland, regardless of the impact on the neighboring communities.
Wendy M. November 16, 2012 at 02:47 PM
Very sad to see that theatre go.... Many good memories there with the kids! I won't be making family memories at a new car dealership, that's for sure !!!!
Lynn November 16, 2012 at 02:48 PM
I think this is awful. Like we need another car dealership or bank? I love this theater. Downingtown's is a zoo. Hate it.
Tony Malvern November 16, 2012 at 02:53 PM
What's the time-frame on this ? when would we lose this movie theatre and when would we gain the new Worthington movie theatre ?
Paula K November 16, 2012 at 03:32 PM
www.eastwhiteland.org. If you check the website you can get the dates for meetings, not certain how far ahead agendas are published. Minutes of past meetings can lag several months.... the citizens group that banded together to fight off "churchill" -the mega development at Church Farm is no more. We are on our own to be aware of what is proposed--these new projects are signs of a possibly improving economy but if residents don't like it, they MUST attend meetings and speak up! another tip--be prepared to say WHY you don't want something- for example, you point out the drawbacks to a dealership- not sure what about a car lot is more intrusive to the neighborhoods than the theater was--that would take some research.---but that is the key to successfully presenting to zoning or the board of supervisors.
Brian Sweeney November 16, 2012 at 03:35 PM
How about another Pet or Vet store? Aren't there 10 already in EW! Route 30 in EW is a disgrace!
Jessica November 16, 2012 at 07:50 PM
I love this movie theater. Clean, never busy and close by. We don't need a car dealership. Ugh.
Baylee Russum November 16, 2012 at 08:00 PM
They were not allowed due to township laws
Baylee Russum November 16, 2012 at 08:01 PM
yes but the guy went bankrupt.
Geoeray November 17, 2012 at 03:51 PM
Good advice Paula.
Jim Knowles November 19, 2012 at 10:03 PM
Pete, that is such a Yogi Berra thing to say. Good one!!
Jim Frank November 20, 2012 at 12:50 AM
Why not put up a couple of banks and drug stores? I don't think everyone has their own yet.
Why The Face November 20, 2012 at 06:05 PM
From experience, you don't get a lot of traffic from a car dealership. I live in Berwyn / Devon where there are 6 dealerships with 1 coming along a 1 mile stretch of route 30. It's not that bad. It will be sad to see this theater go, Downingtown is a mess and so is King of Prussia. It will be interesting to see what happens in Worthington.
Jason November 23, 2012 at 02:27 PM
Pete mentions that the hearing is on December 12th. The Township Building is located at 209 Conestoga Rd Frazer, PA 19355 at 7pm. The current configuration of the property makes this property ideal for the reuse as a car dealership. Like it or not, none of us will convince a movie theater to continue to operate at a loss. That is unless you suggest a government takeover of the movie theaters. I am not a fan of the idea of having a dealership at that location but you have to ask the real questions, what are the impacts to: traffic, noise, and safety. Is this a beneficial use to the community? As for the vet centers, we certainly don’t need another vet center however I don’t believe we can decide who has a good business plan or not and if someone wants to try to open a 4th GOOD LUCK. However the architectural standards should be tightened up.
Mad Dog December 14, 2012 at 11:53 PM
What happened at the 12/12/12 meeting?
Geoeray December 15, 2012 at 01:39 PM
They all went to the theatre to watch the concert/fundraiser.
IceQueenCapades February 08, 2013 at 01:32 AM
Let me Google that for you. :-/
Geoeray February 08, 2013 at 01:54 PM
I visited my friend who lives behind a car dealership that was built after he moved into his home. 1. Lighting- they are on every night for security of their cars and trucks. It's never dark in his backyard. 2. Loudspeaker- Car dealers use them to instruct employees that are outside so they are loud enought to hear over an engine. Sometimes until late into the evening. 3. Trash pickup- every morning at 5:30 the trash truck is slamming the metal dumpster around. My friend does not like living next to a car dealer. Noisy, loud and after complaints things change for a short period and then back to normal. He said they haven't been using vulgar language lately over the loudspeaker that he is aware of. That only took a couple of complaints to stop.
Donna Linehan February 14, 2013 at 01:42 PM
Does anyone know when the theater will be closing?


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