Historic Tower Theater loses its iconic sign

UPPER DARBY, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — The tower on the Tower Theater in Upper Darby has come down.

A lot of people stood by and watched, shaking their heads, taking photos and videos, as the iconic “Tower” sign on the 92-year-old theater was removed Tuesday morning.

The sphere was sawed off and hoisted down by crane around 8 a.m. Then, letter by letter, the historic sign was dismantled until the letter R was sawed off and hoisted down around 11:30 a.m.

The theater is still operational. Concerts will still happen there. The reason for the removal is public safety. A recent inspection found severe deterioration in the metal base and structure of the tower. 

The Tower was one of Upper Darby Township’s first movie theaters. It was renovated in the early ’70s after a fire, and it quickly became a premier concert venue, bringing early performances from the likes of David Bowie, Peter Gabriel, Prince and Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band. Bowie even recorded a live album there.

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