Friends of the Boyd fight for the Boyd’s survival

posted by Michael Zoldessy on November 25, 2013 at 3:55 pm

PHILADELPHIA, PA — With the luxury multiplex plan still a possibility, the Friends of the Boyd are fighting harder than ever to save the Boyd Theatre.

Press coverage has picked up in a big way. Here’s the latest:

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HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on November 30, 2013 at 1:10 pm

People on this site should ask “If after destroying all but the Boyd Theatre’s facade in Philadelphia to build a new multiplex, will iPic then go around the United States & destroy all but the facades of beloved historic movie theaters to build new multiplexes?”

atb
atb on December 3, 2013 at 4:01 pm

Howard: Will you create a link to Sharon Pinkenson thoughtful and impassioned plea for approval of the iPic transformation of the Boyd? Or will you—and this site—continue a single-minded, closed-minded path toward denying a future for the venue and for the economic vitality of Chestnut Street and Center City Philadelphia?

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kingstonregalarts on December 9, 2013 at 5:00 pm

atb, you will find few friends on this site. We are a community of cinema theatre enthusiasts around the world, principally North America and (as in my case) Britain. Your plans would, it seems, involve the complete demolition of the beautiful, well-preserved Art Deco auditorium, leaving only the facade. Let me make myself quite clear: this would be INTOLERABLE. I look forward to reading that your plans have been rejected. In the meantime, go and have a look at Macy’s in downtown Philadelphia and see how Macy’s sympathy for that beautiful old building and its magnificent organ have shaped their renovation of said premises. In restoring it as they have, they have reinvigorated a global icon. You have the opportunity to do something similar, if perhaps not quite so globally iconic (as beautiful as the Boyd is). I urge you to change your plans. The auditorium of the Boyd would make a wonderful multi-purpose performing arts venue with film showings filling the gaps between live events: a multiplex would lack any such flexibility (as well as destroying the heritage inherent in the building). I send my best wishes to my like-minded fellow campaigners across the Atlantic.

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buyers.By making the Lumia 1020 a superlative camera that has a phone attached, Nokia seems to be going after a very specific segment of the market: “prosumers” who want to take really good photos and have the connectivity that a smartphone provides. It’s not, however, going to attract the sort of people who want to take a picture and upload it to the main social networks.Price
of successFor one thing, there’s the price. The Lumia 1020 will cost $299 upfront for the basic 32GB model plus the cost of a contract from AT&T in the US; for comparison, the AT&T iPhone 5 is $199 for the base 16GB model before the contract. (Update: the 32GB iPhone costs $399, so the price is the same if you equalise those specifications.
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Vine, Instagram or Snapchat. Chief executive Stephen Elop points out that there are third-party apps which will do the posting to Instagram (via Hipstamatic, a company which went through its own near-death experience last August when it laid off all but one of its staff).
You can post to Instagram via Hipstamatic, and then read Instagram via an app called Instance.
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