Rare Opportunity to Tour the Sameric/Boyd Theatre

posted by Ross Melnick on November 26, 2004 at 2:10 pm

PHILADELPHIA, PA — The following email was sent in by Howard Haas:

“If you want to see Philadelphia’s last movie palace, then take the TOUR by the nonprofit Friends of the Boyd on December 1. Arrive at the closed Boyd (Sameric) at 1908 Chestnut, before 6 PM (don’t be late, the doors must be locked) for the hour and a half visit.

You will also see the Terrazzo Promenade, the Lobby, the Foyer, and the huge Auditorium with all its Art Deco artwork such as the gorgeous mural painted over the stage. For more than 20 years the Balcony has been closed, but for the tour, the Balcony is open! You will have a rare peak at the elegant ladies & mens facilities and backstage areas never open to the public in the theater’s history.

Come hear the story of the historic movie palace, built in 1928 with 2390 seats, and closed 2 years ago. Every room will be explained by your dedicated tour guide (usually Friends of the Boyd leader Howard B. Haas), with time for Q & A. Tour opportunities are very rare so don’t miss this event! Remember that the Boyd is in threat of demolition despite its being termed a national landmark and an Art Deco masterpiece. Guest Speaker Sharon Pinkenson, legendary leader of Philadelphia’s Film Office, will discuss the Hollywood premieres she held at the Sameric & her hope for the theater’s future.

$15 per person, you can pay at the door on the evening of the event, but please arrive 15 to 30 minutes early. All proceeds to be used to restore the theater. Further information at www.SaveTheSameric.org"

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