Historic downtown Philadelphia cinemas added or revised

posted by HowardBHaas on May 6, 2009 at 4:40 am

In honor of Philadelphia this summer hosting the annual Conclave of Theatre Historical Society, Howard B. Haas added to this site or overhauled Introductions to many historic downtown Philadelphia cinemas (many of which have since been demolished or converted to other uses).

Arcadia
Boyd
Earle
Erlanger
Eric’s Place (Trans-Lux)
Fox
Goldman
Locust Street (Fox Locust)
Mastbaum
Milgram (Stanton)
Prince Music (Midtown)
Sam’s Place (Aldine)
Stanley

Comments (4)

HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on May 6, 2009 at 4:47 am

I’m also reviewing Box Office week by week (though not all issues are online or cover Philadelphia) from the late 1930s when Philadelphia coverage began for world premieres and other major events. I’m currently up to the mid 1950s so some introductions may be updated later! And, I’ve added other interesting tidbits as Comments.

HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on May 6, 2009 at 9:43 am

As the Boyd is the sole surviving downtown Philadelphia movie palace, it is important to preserve it, restore and reopen it. Friends of the Boyd, Inc. www.FriendsOfTheBoyd.org is a nonprofit organization of volunteers who welcome your help. We are paying for overnight security to protect the movie palace while solutions are found, and can dearly use your contributions. 100% of all contributions will be used to pay the security.

Ross Melnick
Ross Melnick on May 7, 2009 at 2:33 am

Thanks for updating all of these theaters Howard!

JimmyD
JimmyD on May 14, 2009 at 3:41 am

Good luck with everything going on at the Boyd. Hope to be there when it get’s finished. Will donate to the cause when I can.

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