Once upon a time we were a movie theatre...
We kept a few pieces of our history alive. We still have the catwalk leading up to the old projection booth that memorializes our past as an iconic East Falls entertainment venue. Now, we proudly carry on the entertainment tradition in the form of a community music and event space.
We are a sustainable non-profit event space and music venue located in the heart of East Falls, Philadelphia, right off Kelly Drive.
The Fallser Club’s mission is to create community and enable connection in a highly curated eclectic space intended to energize and inspire. Music is our passion and our state-of-the-art sound system will impress any music aficionado. The Club epitomizes a warm, industrial atmosphere- two things you may not think go together until you see our renovated, modern loft design. Our 5000 square-foot space boasts unique decor with intimate cocktail tables, flexible seating upstairs and down, a den lounge with cozy coaches, an open bar area, and a second floor that allows you to have a bird’s-eye view of the stage and open Round. Our space can easily be transformed into a dreamy wedding location, a theatre stage, a premiere movie screening, a techno dance club, an intimate jazz experience, or a community meeting space. Activism is built into our business model and we are dedicated to advancing equity and inclusion and creating a more sustainable community for all. We partner with other nonprofits, screen innovative documentary films, hold lecture series and educational and art events. We have it all. And you belong here.
From Hard Times to the Best of Times
The historic curved building at 3721 Midvale Ave operated as a silent film theatre called The Midvale from 1914 to 1929 during its silent film era. The Midvale Theatre was opened in November 1914, seating nearly 500 people as a silent film venue. It was designed by architect Lawrence Visscher Boyd who resided in East Falls on West Penn St and designed many houses including his own in the Queen Lane Manor area between Henry and Wissahickon Avenues, Coulter Street and West Queen Lane. Built as a movie theater in the Arts and Crafts style, the building retains many of its original architectural features despite its adaptive reuse. Helen Collier with a local address at the time of construction was the owner/developer. She was a film actress working in NYC.
The Midvale Theatre was renamed The Falls Theatre as a sound venue when it became a “Talkie,” from 1929 to 1939. The theatre hit some hard times and on August 16, 1939, it was auctioned off to the highest bidder who unfortunately turned it into a grocery store. After a long run as the local grocer, it became a space for several social service providers and was eventually the home of two tech startups, Bulogics and STRATIS. When the businesses were sold, the tech entrepreneur duo, Felicite Moorman and Ryan Buchert chose to keep the building, saving it from becoming apartments. They opened The Fallser Club in 2022 as a nonprofit venue to offer community, activism and music to the greater Philadelphia area.
Felicite Moorman & Ryan Buchert
Fallser Club Co-Owners
Executive Director and Life Coach
Angela Rae Hoppel
Lawyer and Supreme Being
The Fallser Club
3721 Midvale Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19129
Parking in East Falls is no problem! There is ample free on street parking near the East Falls train station driveway at 3610 Midvale Ave and a paid municipal lot three blocks away at 4100 Ridge Ave. Midvale Ave and Ridge Ave are both well lit!
We are wheelchair accessible, and our entrance is at street level.