The current dispute over the Bala Theatre may be heated, but at least it doesn't stink. In the 1980s, a rivalry between the Bala Theatre and the Narberth Theatre got so bad that one owner resorted to skunks and sabotage
The two theaters opened just a year apart, in 1926 and 1927. The Bala is Egyptian-style, the Narberth is Art Deco. Both are historic and both are cornerstones of their walkable small-business districts. At times, they have competed for the same customers, creating something of a rivalry.
In 1984, the owner of Bala Theatre, Steven D. Fox, reportedly proposed an arrangement -- Bala would stick to commercial films, and Narberth would stick to arthouse and foreign flicks.
- Embattled Cheltenham superintendent to get a monitor
- Montco investigating alleged threat by school counselor
- In Bridgeport, tension between tradition and growth
- L. Providence writer hits gold with Amish romance novels
- Montco's flu shots costing more this year
- Jenkintown choir alumni reunite decades later
- Plymouth Meeting firm enjoying plush life with mini-versions of athletes
- Bala Cynwyd insurer Lincoln sells radio stations to Entercom
- State prison system making changes to deal with the mentally ill
- Pitcairn Trust officer remains bullish on stock market
- Monitoring a measure of success at MCCC
- Census data show growing income gap in Phila. area (Conshy saw largest increase, 21% since 1999)
- Montco woman charged with burning down house of neighbor, a police officer
- Villanova class is like an episode of 'CSI'
- Kane not defending constitutionality of gun ordinance
- Franconia's massive budget overruns have residents up in arms
- On the market: Modern Penn Valley home
- Montco gains some, loses some jobs in GSK restructuring
- Abington recalls 'brilliant' alum in line to lead Pentagon
- Lansdale district court to move
- Laundry pods: A toxic convenience
- Table Talk: New Taphouse 23 livens up Bridgeport
- Montco forum to explore women's roles in nonprofits
- SEPTA offering expanded December routes from Montco malls
- Ex-L. Moreland teacher pleads guilty to sex with student
- Deer herd way down, but Valley Forge continues culling
- Freshman congressmen from Philly area adjusting to life in D.C.
- Snow, sleet possible for region
- Abington teen moves through the long year after transplant
- Action is brisk on 1st day of expanded Pa. healthcare enrollment
- Upset follows upset: Royersford state Rep. happy to win back his old seat
- After 32 years, Cosby resigns from Temple Board of Trustees
- Report: NJ, Pa. among the bottom in pension funding
- At KoP mall, a less frenzied Black Friday
- Few ill effects as 5 inches snow falls in Phila. region
- Montco child advocates to honor Sen. Toomey
- Groundbreaking for U. Merion skate park
- Extra SEPTA buses bring shoppers to Montco malls
- Kerns pleads no contest to indecent assault charge
- Fort Washington firm offers high-tech hiring
- Coming to KOP: More shops, people and traffic
- King of Prussia killer sentenced to death
- No move by Temple trustees on Cosby
- Friend raises money for charity through golf
- Castor on Cosby: 'I thought he did it'
- Valley Forge Casino fined $200,000
- Applications open for Montco community service
- Montco business centers to get revitalization plan
- Kerns chooses judge over jury trial
- Wissahickon School District hires new superintendent
- Lansdale parade is set for Saturday
- Montco 2015 budget would cut spending
- D.A.: Man robbed Hatboro bank 3 times
- A.G. Kane: Office leak did not break law
- Scammers posing as Montco sheriff's deputies
- Expansion planned at King of Prussia Plaza and Court
- County to distribute potassium iodide tablets near nuclear plant
Since Montgomery County moved its pension funds into a low-cost index portfolio last year, Commissioners Chairman Josh Shapiro has been urging other government agencies to follow a similar strategy.
His proselytizing got a boost Thursday when Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale praised Montco's approach and said all government pension systems -- including the Commonwealth's two largest, PSERS and SERS -- should consider making the switch.
“It would be tough to do immediately, but hopefully we can get to the point where Montgomery County is, that it’s all stock-index fund," DePasquale said.
- Hatboro man pleads guilty to delivering ricin-laced letter
- Richards' PAC Plan W aims to get more women in power roles
- Attorney General expected to testify in leak probe in Norristown
- La Salle's Bob Dylan collection getting noticed
- Controversy swirls around Cheltenham Superintendent
- Montco men had a big role in helicopter development
- Closure may signal end of an era in international adoption
- Montco Community College celebrates 50 years
- Cosby remains silent on rape allegations at his Cheltenham home
- Pa. lags nation in reducing juvenile detention
- National dog show underway in Montco
- Phila. leaders are major players on Wolf transition team
- Dogs on display this weekend in Montco
- Pa. awards $3.9M in school security grants
- Region logs its first snowfall of the season. Little stuck in Montco
One week ago, polls were about to close across the Commonwealth. Hopefully you've all had sufficient time to recover from election fatigue, because now I bring you a breakdown of How Montco Voted.
Montco voters sent all but three incumbents -- Gov. Tom Corbett, Rep. LeAnna Washington (who lost primary re-election and resigned from office amid a corruption case), and Rep. Mark Painter -- back to Harrisburg. Although the county leans Democratic in terms of voter registration, it sent 12 Republican legislators to Harrisburg and D.C., compared with 8 Democratic legislators.
Montgomery County districts were already among the state's most heavily gerrymandered, and became more so in this election with the implementation of the 2012 redistricting lines.