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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.
The AMC Orleans 8 (Former William Goldman’s/Budco Orleans Theatre) has been rumored to close first at the end of 2004, then in the summer of 2005, now in early 2006. The current Theatre #1-4 has been around since 1963, when William Goldman Theatres co. first opened the Orleans Theatre. The current #5-8 opened after Pathmark closed their supermarket, which now houses Orleans #5-8 and Pep Boys.
Yoc an’t put the blame squarely on AMC for the decline of the Orleans. Most of the blame falls with the old Budco Theatres chain.
When the Sameric 4 closed, the seat counts for House 2 and 3 were at 363 seats each, down from the 450 when they opened on 7/16/1982, and House 4 was at 200 seats, down from the 225 when it opened on 6/12/1985. Some of the seats were removed for wheelchair patrons.
The seats count for the main floor in Sameric House 1 (aka RKO Stanley Warner’s Boyd), in March 2002, was at 1349 seats.
The AMC Neshaminy 24 has won the Bucks County Courer Times “Best Of Bucks” award for movie theatres for the 7th Time. The theatre has won this award every year since 1999.
In the early 1940’s, The Fox Theatre was part of Warner Brothers' Stanley Warner Theatres division, along with the Stanton, the Stanley, the Karlton, the Boyd, the Aldine, the Earle, the Palace, and the Mastbaum. Today, only the Boyd (closed as REG United Artists Sameric 4 Theatre), the Karlton (AKA William Goldman’s Midtown Theatre, AMC-Budco Midtown Twin Theatre and Prince Music Theatre) and the Aldine (AKA Viking Theatre, Rugoff’s Cinema 19 Theatre, Sameric-United Artists Sam’s Place Twin, and CVS/pharmacy) is all that remains from the Stanley Warner-RKO Stanley Warner chain.
The biggest crowd the AMC Neshaminy 24 had for a “midnight showing” was back in May 18, 2005, when 16 of the 24 auditoriums (#1-2, 7-18, 23-24) were sold out for “Star Wars Episode III: Revenge Of The Sith”. The next one, with 14 sold out auditoriums (#1-2, 7-9, 11-13, 15-18, 23-24) on December 16, 2003 for “The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King”
I’ve passe by the Boyd a couple of weeks ago, and the front of the Boyd still looks like it hasn’t changed since I took a picture of it back in May. The Boyd still has, in damaged condition, the 1953 “Boyd” cinerama marquee with the 1985 “Sameric 4” vertical marquee above it. I can’t wait to see, when completed, the original 1928 marquee on this great palace.
Here is a link to a picture of the Mastbaum, taken in mid to late 1957: [url]http://world.nycsubway.org/perl/show?42180[/url]. you can also see, in the background, The Erlanger Theatre. Sadly, The Mastbaum Theatre, The Elanger Theatre, and the PTC 8000 series trolley cars are gone now.
Back in May, I took 2 pictures of the outside of the RKO Stanley Warner’s Boyd/Regal Entertainment Group’s United Artists Sameric 4 Theatre, with the exposed 1953 “Boyd” name on the marquee, and the Sameric 4 vertical marquee (Which is where the original 1928 vertical “Boyd” sign was located from December, 1928 to June, 1930.
It will be excellent to see the original 1928 marquee back on the RKO Stanley Warner’s Boyd Theatre once again.
Please donate to Red Cross to help those who were displaced by Katrina, and soon to be displaced by Hurricane Rita, now a Category 5 Hurricane.
The old 1953 Cinerama marquee of the RKO Stanley Warner’s Boyd Theatre is in sad shape, along with the vertical Sameric 4 marquee. You can see holes in the “Boyd” name where the Sameric name was attached to back in November 1971, after Sam Shapiro acquired the theatre from Pacific Theatres Company’s RKO Stanley Warner Theatres division.
The Ritz theatres are not considered “Movie Palaces”. The Movie Palaces of the old days included: RKO Stanley Warner’s Boyd Theatre (REG Sameric 4 Theatre), RKO Stanley Warner’s Stanley Theatre, Milgram’s Fox Theatre, Milgram’s Milgram Theatre (RKO Stanley Warner’s Stanton Theatre), Stanley Warner’s Earle Theatre, Stanley Warner’s Mastbaum Theatre, Stanley Warner’s Aldine Theatre (United Artists Sam’s Place Twin), Goldman’s Goldman Theatre, to name a few.