The Mayor of Upper Darby, Tom Micozzie is on a mission. He is working hard with the various departments in to bring business back to the Upper Darby area and tonight another achievement is being realized. It was only about 2 weeks ago, that a 4 alarm fire destroyed and damaged several businesses on the historic and revitalized shopping district in Upper Darby, but, tonight a new chapter is beginning with the opening of a movie theater unlike any other not just in Delaware County but in all of Pennsylvania. Tonight, the grand opening of Studio Movie Grill will bring new life to the entertainment and shopping district of the 69th Street landmark.
At one time, about 50 years ago, 69th Street was made up with 3 different movie theaters. The was the Terminal Theater, the concert venue The Tower even showed movies and 69th Street Movie Theater. Movie theaters went through many changes over the last 25 years with many closing as people preferred watching television, cable programs and movies on demand at any given moment. The movie theater industry has hit back recently by creating a Movie Experience. That is exactly what Studio Movie Grill Theaters are doing with their new brand of theaters that include reclining seating, restaurants for a dining experience at the theater and modern lounge for theater goers. SMG is bringing back a quality experience when one attends a movie showing.
The SMG Theater is just the newest of improvements that Mayor Tom Micozzie has overseen in his time as Mayor of Upper In the last year, Ross Department Store, IHop Restaurant, and Burlington Coat Factory have all opened on the historic strip. There have been improvements to other stores such as Foot Locker, a new H&M Store and the newest store to come to 69th Street is the GAP.
Mayor Tom Micozzie has been working to bring business back to the glory days of 69th Street. In an interview Mayor Micozzie talked about the importance of bring new life to Upper Darby. He stated that “The benefits of this are new opportunities for job creation; additional retail for existing businesses brings a positive cash flow into our local economy and tax base.” He went on to explain that, “New business to any community is a positive indication of many factors.”
Mayor Micozzie has overseen the development and resurgence of the 69th Street area and promises there is more to come. There is going to be more store development at the site of the old Sears Department Store. SMG Theater is another fine step in the redevelopment of the Upper Darby shopping and entertainment district.