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[To add a couple more, there are a few AMC sites in the Philly area that started out in life as Budco theatres in the ‘70s or '80s. AMC has a pretty good presence in the New Orleans area thanks to the acquisition of a local chain there a couple years ago, although some of the theatres have not yet reopened in the aftermath of Katrina.
Cineplex Odeon, pre Loews Cineplex, would have included Cineplex builds (e.g., the Universal Citywalk in L.A. and Wisconsin Avenue in DC) along with some older RKO and Century (no relation to the West Coast Century chain, AFAIK) sites. Some of those have closed or been sold off.
Speaking of GCC, anybody know if they made any acquisitions that were later absorbed as part of the AMC takeover?]
All’s that’s left of AMC’s merger with the Budco chain is: AMc (Budco) 309 Cinema 9 Theatre and AMC (Goldman’s) Orleans 8 Theatre. Cineplex Odeon’s was in Philadelphia many years ago when they were known as RKO Century Warner, RKO Stanley Warner, Stanley Warner, and The Stanley Company Of America.
The Century Theatres chain that was based in NYC that acquired RKO Stanley Warner has no relations with the curent Century Theatres chain on the west coast.
In the area where I live, AMC picks up the Loews Cineplex Cherry Hill 24 Theatre, soon to be called AMC Cherry Hill 24 Theatre.
The REG Cheltenham Square 8 Theatre has a new name. It is now called: Movies At Cheltenham Square. This new theatre opened on 1/13/2006. This theatre should be updated with the new name.
This past Friday, the former REG (United Artists) Cheltenham Square 8 Theatre reopened as the Movies At Cheltenham Square 8 Theatre. What I want to know is: when did REG decide to close this theatre?
Here is a link to a picture of the Eric’s Place Theatre, when it was the Trans-Lux Theatre.
The Bryn Mawr Film Institude, then known as Bryn Mawr Theatre, was twinned by Budco Theatres between April 1977 and December 1979.
In regards to the E-Walk, I doubt Clearview would take it over, but I do see REG taking the E-Walk, under the Regal Cinemas name (They have been opening all their new theatres under the Regal name, keeping the UA and Edwards name for the older theatres.)
Tommorrow (12/25/2005) will mark the 77th Anniversary of the opening of the Boyd Theatre by The Stanley Company of America.
The only theatre that I know of theat was moved from it’s original site was The Empire Theatre in NYC. It was moved up the block from next door to the Liberty Theatre to being near the corner of 42nd Street and 8th Avenue. It is the entrance and lobby area of the AMC Empire 25 Theatre today.
I do apoligize. Does anyone know the exact dates the Budco 309 Drive-In and the Budco 309 Cinema Theatre opened? I know the 309 Cinema was sometime in 1968.
This theatre opened as Eric Rittenhouse Square Twin Theatre.
Does anyone know about Greater Union Cinema 11, that is located at One Garden State Plaza? When did this particular cinema open, and what is it doing to the business at the Loews Cineplex Route 4 10 Theatre (The former Stanley Warner’s Paramus Route 4 Theatre)?
UPDATE: There is a new business in the what was the Continental Restaurant in the former lobby area of the Ellis Theatre. Don’t know what it is yet.
Either way, this theatre was ,as I recall, that Sam Shapiro owned seperately from his Sameric Theatres chain.
The 2 Sam Shapiro theatre building owned propteries, the Midway Theatre and the Uptown Theatre, were leased to Pacific Theatres' RKO Stanley Warner Theatres division, until they closed, in the Midway’s case, 1977-79.
It’s not just AMC that shows the commericals before the films. Regal Entertainment Group (Edwards, Regal, United Artists), Loews Cineplex, Pacific Theatres, National Amusements Theatres and Mann Theatres also shows commericals before the films.
The main media advertiser for the theatres, National CineMedia, is jointly owned by American Multi-Cinema Inc. and Regal Entertainment Group.
To clarify, the former Stanley Warner’s Ardmore, later known as RKO Stanley Warner’s Ardmore Theatre, was acquired by Sameric Theatres between 1977 and 1979, and was twinned. The United Artists Ardmore Twin Theatre, as well as the United Artist Bryn Mawr Twin Theatre, closed in August 17, 2000. Thankfully today, the Bryn Mawr lives on as the Bryn Mawr Film Institude, and will be restored back to it’s glory when it open as the Seville Theatre. The same can’t be said for the Ardmore.
By the beginning of next year, there will only be 2 big theatre operators in NYC, thoese twob being Regal Entertainment Group (Regal Cinemas and United Artists Theatres) and AMC Entertaimnment Co. (AMC [Durwood Theatres-General Cinema Theatres] Theatres, Loews Theatres, Cineplex Odeon Theatres, Magic Johnson Theatres), with Clearview Cinemas in a distance third.
In SE PA, Regal Cinemas was a small player for most of the 1990’s playing second fiddle to AMC Theatres and United Artists (Sameric) Theatres, until acquiring United Artist Theatres to create Regal Entertainment Group.
AMC Theatres itself was a second fiddle in the Philadelphia area for 6 years to Budco Theatres, Sameric Theatres and General Cinema Theatres before acquiring Budco Theatres in 1987 and GCC in 2002.
Because the advertisers are paying big money to advertise in the theatres. And the theatre chains are compeating with DVD’s and On-Demand video rentals, who also advertised on the DVd’s and on the On-Demand rentals.
Clearview’s Anthony Wayne 5, then known as Budco Anthony Wayne Theatre, was twinned sometime between 1982 and 1983. does anyone know how Clearview placed 5 screens inside this theatre when there was two screens already.
Joe Masher, the Regal Entertainment Group’s United Artists Washington Township 14 Theatre, located on Rt. 555 and (Crosskeys)-Tuckahoe Road, in Gloucester County, New Jersey (South Jersey) opened 25 years after “2001” came out, sometime between 1993 and 1995, which means Clearview’s Washington Township 3 Cinema, located in Bergen County, New Jersey (North Jersey) opened as Skouras-United Artists Washington Cinema. Sometime after “2001” came out, United Artists sold the theatre to Nelson-Ferman Theatres, who eventually sold this theatre to Clearview Cinemas.
Almost every theatre owned by AMC, Loews Cineplex and Regal Entertainment Group now shows commercials before the movie. The main company responsible, National CineMedia, is jointly owned by AMC Theatres and Regal Entertainment Group.
Hdtv267, the old “SamEric” circular marquee has been gone since at least the beginning of May. I posted a picture here. This picture was taken in May of this year.
The AMC Orleans 8 was already going downhill well before Bob Green and Philadelphia Park Racetrack opened Turf Club Northeast. In NYC, at their OTB locations (that looks like 7-Eleven), you cannot eat or drink in there, unless you buy your soda from a vending machine. The 3 teletheatres and the 6 restaurants also will not let you bring in outside food, soda or beer, but you can buy lunch or dinner, have a few beers, and place you bets easily.
On a sidenote: The Philadelphia Park Turf Club Brandywine is locted in the former United Artists-Eric Concordville 4 Theatre building. And the Philadelphia Park Turf Club South Philadelphia is a block away from Citizens Bank Park, and 2 blocks away from Lincoln Financial Field, Wachovia Spectrum and Wachovia Center.
Up in New York City, the Off Track Betting facilities are as common as a 7 Eleven. New York City Off Track Betting has 90 OTB facilities, 3 Tele-theatres locations, and 6 resturant locations throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens and Staten Island. Also, NYC has Aqueduct Racetrack, which shares its parking lot with The Home Depot, and has the REG Cross Bay II 7 Theatre down the street from it. The William Goldman’s/Budco/AMC Orleans 8 is in this same situation.
Screens 5 to 8 of the Orleans 8 opened 11 years after the Woodhaven Mall 4 Cinemas / AMC Woodhaven Mall 4 / AMC Woodhaven 10 opened. Woodhaven opened in 1973, Budco Orleans #5-8 opened in 1984.
The Wachovia Bank acroos the street from the William Goldman’s/Budco/AMCOrleans was never a restaurant. It opened as a First Pennsylvania Bank branch. The Doral’s Catering facility is now a Philadelphia Park Turf Club Northeast OTB facility.