Goldman Theatre

30 S. 15th Street,
Philadelphia, PA 19102

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HowardBHaas on May 30, 2016 at 1:48 pm

Phil Walker commented today at (Friends of the Boyd) Facebook as to the Goldman & the auditorium’s sconces- It was sad when the room was twinned and the existing walls (and fixtures) were painted white (they were a forest green)

HowardBHaas on February 15, 2015 at 4:06 am

Cleopatra was actually at the Stanley Theatre, which has its own page and was a beautiful prewar movie palace (according to historical accounts, as I wasn’t there).

fredagainlol on February 14, 2015 at 9:48 pm

why are there no images of the interior of the Goldman theatre before renovations….the place was gorgeous….I took my girl there in 1963 (?) when the movie “Cleopatra” premiered there…we had opera seat…fantastic building…beautiful !!!

rivest266 on May 24, 2014 at 2:14 pm

has the grand opening ad from August 15th, 1946. Ad also in photo section.

HowardBHaas on December 9, 2012 at 9:02 am

Today, I posted a 1960 slide of the Goldman. Arcade Building is north, as is a trolley. Marquee for the Richard Burton movie reads: The shameless things done in the name of love. The BRAMBLE BUSH.

atb on September 4, 2012 at 3:03 pm

RE: Blow Out and the Goldman Theater: Travolta makes a phone call in front of the Goldman Theater; you can see the marquee (and the multi-colored lights) in the background of the widescreen frame. His office is above the Apollo Theater (a long-gone porn theater) on Market East at City Hall.

JJC82 on September 4, 2012 at 8:49 am

Didn’t see this mentioned in the comments, but while watching De Palma’s Blow Out yesterday, I realized the Goldman is in the film, I believe as The Apollo. The offices for the exploitation film company Travolta’s character works for is located above the theater. You can even catch the edge of One Meridian.

Ross Care
Ross Care on June 2, 2011 at 11:15 pm

It also was a great theater-going city in the same era. I saw many Broadway try-outs there. It was sort of the twilight of the great Broadway musicals but I saw some unusual ones. Greatest coup: seeing Sondheim’s ANYONE CAN WHISTLE! At the Forrest, as I recall. I got Lee Remick’s autograph after the performance. I think the legit theaters may have been among the first to go.

SethLewis on June 2, 2011 at 1:58 am

Downtown Philadelphia in the 60s had to have been a vibrant moviegoing place…By the time I got there in the mid 70s the Goldman was twinned (and atrociously)…the Studio was showing Deep Throat and the Mark 1 – a great screen in the basement of the Holiday Inn on Market Street was on dollar shows

HowardBHaas on June 1, 2011 at 7:29 pm

Thanks, Jack, your comments are very interesting.

jackjs2swartz on June 1, 2011 at 6:50 pm

howard-to answert your question about openings with celebrities: the only one that I can recall is the opening of patton with george c. scott in attendace. goldman gave it the full treatment including cleg lights,reminded us of what used to be seen at graumans in hollywood. I was not in attendance but my freind,Alan Kosher was the asst. mgr. of the goldman at that time would have the advantage in information over me.

jackjs2swartz on May 31, 2011 at 9:45 am

after leaving the randolph theatre in 71 as assostant mgr I went to the goldman theatre. because we started showing films lke mondo cane,a young booker named mitch goldman(no relation) started booking a lot of older movies for mini film festivals. for example in late ‘71 we had a garbo festival for 1 week featuring films like ninotchka, these were alsovery profitable because they were very inexpensive to rent. I promised howard some information about premiers,but i guess I get pretty sidetracked these days. i try to get back on track tomorrow.-jack swartz former asst. mgr randolph/goldman theatres.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on June 8, 2010 at 7:17 pm

A Great theatre and the stories,How about the Dad snoring during “JAWS” folks you can’t make this stuff up.

TLSLOEWS on June 8, 2010 at 2:10 pm

Interesting photos and history.

Ross Care
Ross Care on February 23, 2010 at 5:37 pm

Thank you. I thought I remembered a Philly Goody’s store from the early and later ‘60s and I do also remember the Randolph. I also recall a smaller record store on Chestnut St. somewhere around the Viking, maybe down from Rittenhouse Square.
I just found a CT entry for the Studio on Market St. It had quite a history.
This is a GREAT site and I’m learning (and remembering) a lot. I grew up in Harrisburg but got to know Philadelphia while I was in college.

dennisczimmerman on February 23, 2010 at 5:23 pm

Penway 14 – If my memory serves me correctly, there was a Sam Goody store on Chestnut Street directly across from the Randolph Theatre. I remember shopping in that Sam Goody while waiting to be able to go in the Randolph to see a presentation of their first Cinerama engagement “Grand Prix.” That would have been back in the late 1960’s, probably 1967. That was the first time I was ever in the Randolph Theatre. However, since their remodeling for Cinerama I saw a number of Cinerama and non Cinerama roadshow presentation films at the Randolph. Hope this helps.

Ross Care
Ross Care on February 23, 2010 at 4:19 pm

A friend of mine who also knew Philly suggested that the theater I asked about five comments up was called the Studio. It was a small theater, sort of sandwiched in between the bigger ones. I recall there were lounges (restrooms) down a flight of narrow stairs off the front lobby.
My friend confirmed it showed great, sometimes esoteric (for the times) foreign double bills, Godard, Antonioni, etc.
The World down the street showed first run foreign films.

HowardBHaas on February 23, 2010 at 10:03 am

Vince Young’s research also included that “Casino Royale” and “Cool Hand Luke” were shown 1967 at the Goldman.

HowardBHaas on February 23, 2010 at 10:01 am

Vnce Young informs me that “Dirty Dozen” opened 7/13/67 at the Goldman and “Bonnie and Clyde” was also shown that year there.

Ross Care
Ross Care on February 7, 2010 at 9:51 am

Interesting. I first saw RAINTREE at Loew’s Regent in Harrisburg in 1957 while I was still in high school. I loved the film, well, really loved John Green’s score at any rate, and would have seen it again in Philly while I was in college, probably the early ‘60s.

HowardBHaas on February 7, 2010 at 9:46 am

It just so happens I’m reviewing Box Office magazine and August 10, 1957 it says “Raintree Country” was to open with reserved seating at the Randolph Theatre. As you say, later you saw a re-issue at the Viking.

Ross Care
Ross Care on February 7, 2010 at 9:37 am

Thanks. I did see a photo of the Boyd and there seemed to be a theater called the Aldine down the street from it. That’s where I remember the Viking was.
I also remember sneaking in from West Chester U one evening to see a re-issue of RAINTREE COUNTY at the Viking. It seemed like a new theater then and had a good wide screen. Apparently it was a competent renovation.
There was also a sort of grubby, 42nd St.-type theater on Market St. that showed second run double bills? I forget the name of that. I think I saw THE PUMPKIN EATER and other foreign films there.

HowardBHaas on February 6, 2010 at 3:01 pm

The Viking is listed under its last name, Sam’s Place One & Two:

kencmcintyre on February 6, 2010 at 2:57 pm

The Viking is listed under Cinema 19 and also the Aldine, I believe.

Ross Care
Ross Care on February 6, 2010 at 2:52 pm

Also: does anyone remember the Viking up the street from the Boyd?