Latest News On The Sameric/Boyd Theater

posted by Ross Melnick on April 1, 2003 at 8:46 am

PHILADELPHIA, PA — The recent fundraiser held by the Friends of the Boyd raised over $6,000 from ticket sales for “The Show-Off,” proceeds from the sale of a new print of the 1928 Boyd theater facade by artist Lynne Neuman, and other donations.

Added to a new $7,500 grant from the Fels Foundation, and the organization is more than half way to their goal of raising $25,000 that is needed to match a city grant of the same figure.

Howard Haas writes of the fundraiser:

[Philadelphia Inquirer film critic] Carrie Rickey gave a wonderful introduction, Warner Bros. sent us a beautiful archival print that looked new (which will help save a movie palace built by the Warner chain), Don Kinnier’s piano playing was perfect, and I was happy to speak to so many of you at our reception.

Photos of people in the auditorium & at the reception are on our website homepage, scroll down to Show-Off, click on photos! Because we had an overflow crowd, we raised a substantial amount of money for the business & architectural studies we need. We also had to turn away some latecomers, so it was good so many purchased tickets in advance or early.

More information can be found in the following articles and editorial:

Weekly Press — A Night to remember Fundraiser for Friends of the Sameric Theatre draws overflow crowd

Philadelphia Daily News — Pennsylvania Ballet eyeing Sameric for classrooms, offices

Philadelphia Inquirer — Don’t Let Sameric Fade To Black

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