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This is terrible news, but earlier today, I asked Ken Roe if he’d expand the Introduction above & include the landmarking (which includes the interior). Ken did expand it. I will guess it will become a retail store.
Gym closing July 31 according to article online today’s Main Line Times- Over a decade after the Philadelphia Sports Club first made its home in the former Ardmore Theater on Lancaster Avenue in Ardmore, the high-end athletic facility will close its doors mid-summer.
Lisa Hufcut, media relations spokesperson with Town Sports International, LLC, parent company of PSC, confirmed the information: “Yes, the PSC Ardmore location will be closing on July 31,” Hufcut wrote in an email Wednesday evening, July 3. No further information on the future of the Ardmore facility or that of TSI’s other locations could be obtained prior to the long July 4 holiday weekend.
In addition to PSC in Philadelphia and its suburbs, TSI also operates clubs in New York (NYSC), Boston (BSC) and Washington (WSC).
According to the website cinematreasure.org which references a Main Line Times article, the former Ardmore Theater at 34 W. Lancaster Ave., Ardmore, opened in 1926. It was designed by architect Clarence Woolmington in the Baux-Arts style. The theater’s use went from vaudeville to silent films to “talkies” and by 1941, it was operated by Warner Bros. Circuit Management. It remained a movie theater until it was closed by United Artists in 2000.
The Lower Merion Conservancy put the theater on its 2001 top ten list of endangered buildings. Following its business model of repurposing closed and/or troubled historic movie theaters, PSC’s parent company, Town Sports International, took over the Ardmore Theater after trying unsuccessfully to acquire the Bryn Mawr Theater. That theater was purchased by a non-profit and saved as the Bryn Mawr Film Institute.
In 2002, after TSI purchased and totally gutted the Ardmore Theater, it reopened as the Philadelphia Sports Club. The spacious, two-level Ardmore gym is one of several PSC locations: St. Davids and Chalfont are listed as suburban sites on mysportsclubs.com as well as Market Street, Rodin Place and Society Hill in the City of Philadelphia.
Attempts Wednesday to obtain comments from management at the Ardmore PSC location regarding the status of members, employees and the building’s future were unsuccessful. Main Line Media News was referred to Lisa Hufcut with the corporate office.
Googling, I found permission sought last year for a 34 unit apartment building with retail on ground floor & 2 floors of basement parking.
Congrats to Michael!
May 30 began the 1st main feature with digital projection, the excellent “The Railway Man.”
In October, 2001, I stayed in Ghent & as part of the film festival, enjoyed “The Verdict” (1982) here in a basement auditorium which my notes indicate sat 120 in what was then a 4 screener.
May 26: Wizard of Oz at 3 p.m., 5:10 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
May 27: The Godfather at 5 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
May 28: Singin’ in the Rain at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
May 29: Casablanca at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
Admission to each movie will be the same price that was charged the year the movie was released. Those prices are: Wizard of Oz, .23 cents; Godfather, $1.70; Singin’ in the Rain, .53 cents; and Casablanca, .27 cents. Additional donations will be accepted at the door.
Did this theater get a digital projector & if so how did it afford to?
After you enter the Impact auditorium, and the IMAX auditorium, before the movie starts (so as to not violate copyrights) please take photos of the auditorium & post in the photo section! Are they using curtains (tabs) in those 2 new auditoriums?
is the building being demolished? or the interior redone for another tenant?
Status hasn’t changed because the building remains for the moment. Without suggesting “blame” or “boycot” but simply listing those for the “destruction” as you characterize it, the following testified or wrote in support of the application of Live Nation & iPiC (for which developer Rodin Group will purchase & lease the property): Center City District. Rittenhouse Row. Boyd’s store. Sharon Pinkenson of the Film Office. City Councilperson Clarke, State Senator Farnese, State Rep. Sims. Leaders of William Penn House & 1920 Chestnut Street, both residential buildings nearby. Of course, nobody is more upset than I am. Friends of the Boyd will continue to document & publicize the long & wonderful history of the Boyd. Thanks to those above who expressed their support.
Out of date links are ok to keep here because people can search for those news links once they have the basic info. Inquirer articles can be located whether in their archives online or Philadelphia Free Library online or in person at libraries.
checking Ziegfeld for the weekend, I saw other titles today & tomorrow & googled found this Variety explanation-
New York City’s Ziegfeld Theatre will host a two day, five film retrospective celebrating the collaborations between Academy Award-winning filmmaker Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio Feb. 13 and 14.
New York Film Society’s Kent Jones will moderate a conversation Thursday with DiCaprio, Academy Award-winning editor Thelma Schoonmaker and Oscar-nominated writer Terence Winter prior to the screening of their latest film, “The Wolf of Wall Street.”
Thursday’s screenings are “The Aviator,” “The Departed” and “The Wolf of Wall Street.” Friday will end the retrospective with showings of “Shutter Island” and “Gangs
I saw a movie here in its last year, when it had about 900 seats (not 1100). The seats certainly were all on one floor. Glazer’s hardback lists 954 seats.
I don’t think there would be enough customers for 2 new art multiplexes not far from Union Station in addition to E Street.
article with photos
Mike, a week ago, I enjoyed American Hustle here. Of course, you can google for the film listings. There are often 3 D films showcased here.
Vince Young informs me that Love Story, which bigger box office grosser that opened in 1970, opened here in Philadelphia on Christmas Day 1970.
In light of new movie Saving Mr. Banks, I asked Vince Young where Mary Poppins was shown in Center City Phila. & he replied as follows:
It was the Christmas attraction at Philadelphia’s favorite theatre for musicals….the Midtown….and ran for months!
Maiden name Rose Palange for those who knew her by that name.
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?”
Friends of the Boyd hope people will visit & “like” our Facebook page as we continue to make our case that Philadelphia should join almost every US city (as LuisV knows) in restoring & reopening a historic downtown movie palace, not just keep its facade!
I thought you meant a missing chandelier when you worked there. The original light fixtures including auditorium’s central chandelier are in off site storage. Prior owner allowed us (Friends of the Boyd) to remove what we wanted from projection booth. We have in storage those movie projectors (for future projection) but I don’t know how well they will have held up over the years. Film premieres & festivals now use digital projectors. Our mission is to save the theater, exterior & interior, including the grand auditorium.
Which missing chandelier? one from the balcony? elsewhere? As to other comments, we must save the Boyd. Please “like” & follow us on Facebook & our email updates (enter contact info at www.FriendsOfTheBoyd.org)
Don’t want this.