Dan Gross: Lansdowne and its 'Silver Linings' cameo

Posted: January 23, 2013

SINCE THE RELEASE of "Silver Linings Playbook," people have been asking which movie theater Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence are standing in front of in a scene on Halloween night.

It's the Lansdowne Theater (31 N. Lansdowne) where the stars, both Oscar-nominated for their performances, stood after their meal at the Llanerch Diner (95 E. Township Line).

The historic theater, which opened in 1927, was purchased by the Historic Lansdowne Theater Corp., a nonprofit, in 2006. The group seeks to restore the theater and to once again host movies and live concerts.

Musician Dave Mason played a fundraiser there in November. For more information, visit lansdownetheater.org.


He may have sung "Shoplifters of the World Unite," but Morrissey paid for some old comedy albums he picked up Sunday at Long in the Tooth (2027 Sansom), where the former Smiths singer was accompanied by two bodyguards. The gang also stopped by Triumph Brewing (117 Chestnut). The mopemeister from Manchester spent a few days in the area last week on days off from performing at the House of Blues in Atlantic City on Jan. 12 and at the Sovereign Performing Arts Center in Reading on Friday. *

Paula Abdul flew first-class from LAX to PHL on a Virgin Airlines flight Saturday.

Zombie invasion in April

Fans of "Walking Dead" and other zombie-apocalypse programs may have wondered how they would fare on the run from creatures who want nothing more than to eat their brains or other flesh.

On April 7, they can find out.

That's when the Zombie Run 5K will be held at FDR Park in South Philly. The event will allow participants to run through a course full of zombies (pretend, hopefully) hot on their heels, and will feature professional makeup stations for those who would like to participate as the undead.

Wharton School student Andrew Hudis, 19, and Bucks County Community College student David Feinman, 20, organized the national tour of Zombie Runs, which will also be staged in Brooklyn, Chicago, New Orleans and Miami, among additional cities.

Hudis co-founded a marathon in Thailand called Tribe-to-Tribe and worked with Feinman on the Bucks County Half-Marathon.

The early-registration deadline is Friday. You may register at TheZombieRun.com. If you dare.

A portion of proceeds benefits Active Heroes, a charity helping veterans and other active-military members and their families.

For more info, visit TheZombieRun.com.

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