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There are no big movie palaces in Philadelphia that are open rigt now. the closest movie theatres to Center City Philadelphia are: REG Riverview Stadium 17 Theatre, and National amusements The Bridge 6: Cinema De Lux.
The Poseidion Adventure opened on Dec 12, 1972, and The French Connection opened on 10/6/1971 at Sam’s Place Twin theatre, when it was known as Rugoff’s Cinema 19 Theatre. Rugoff & Becker Theatres became Cinema 5 Theatres when they were acquired by Pacific Theatres (then owners of RKO Stanley Warner) in 1975, after they sold the Cinema 19 to Sam Shapiro’s Sameric Theatres, and closed The World theatre.
The Eric Barclay Square Twin Theatre opened between May and July 1974. I have a photocopy of a Philadelphia Inquirer movie listing from 8/1/1974 that list the Eric Barclay Square Twin showing “The Exorcist” and “The Sting”.
United Artists Barclay Square Twin was closed by 1994, a year or two after the opening of United Artists 69th Street 9 Theatre.
The theatres that Rusty A. Miller’s RAM Theatres reopened were: The 69th Street Theatre, The Benn Theatre, and The Parkwood Manor Twin Theatre. I grew up near the Parkwood Manor Twin Theatre, located on Acamdey and Byberry Road in NE Philadelphia. Today, I work for AMC Theatres.
Thankfully, Philadelphia Sports Clubs/Town sports never took over the Bryn Mawr theatre. The former Goldman’s-Budco-AMC-United Artists Bryn Mawr Twin Theatre is now The Bryn Mawr Film Institude, and the theatre is being restored.
The same can’t be said for the former RKO Stanley Warner-Eric-United Artists Ardmore Twin Theatre.
The photo in the “modern” photo link above for the 1994 picture of the then “AMC Anthony Wayne Twin” can been seen in the book “Pennsylvania Traveler’s Guide: The Lincoln Highway”. The picture is on page 42.
I seen a theatre ad for “2001” that list this theatre as United Artists Washington Cinema, Washington Township, Bergen County. I would assume that this theatre was a old United Artists location
In the Philadelphia area, some of the former Generl cinema locations and what they are now:
Franklin Mills 14: AMC Franklin Mills 14
Plymouth Cinema 12: AMC Plymouth Cinema 12
Deptford Mall 6: AMC Deptford Mall 6 (or as the General manager of both the Deptford 8 and Deptford Mall 6 calls them, The Deptford 14)
Northeast 4: Burned out building
Franklin Mills 10: A church
Plymouth Meeting Twin: The food court at Plymouth Meeting Mall
Baederwood Twin: Baederwood Stadium 4
Walnut Mall 3: Closed as Cinemagic 3 at Penn Theatre
The only ones who will lose their jobs with the Loews-AMC merger are those who works at Loews corperate offices, and the theatres that both companies will have to close in NYC, Boston and Chicago because of the merger.
The Roosevelt Theatre is still standing, along with Stanley Warner’s Circle Theatre, which was one block south. The Frankford Theatre was demolished, and a now-vacant Pearle Vision center stands in the Frankford’s site.
I beleive at one point, The Roosevelt and The Frankford were owned by Stanley Warner Theatres, who also owned The Circle Theatre, The Allegheny Theatre, and The Midway Theatre (all which were near the PRT/PTC/SEPTa Market-Frankford Line)
This theatre was closed by Budco Theatres in 1979, and was opened by Stanley Warner Theatres as “Grange Theatre” in the 1930’s or 1940’s.
On the back of the Prince Music Theatre, you can still see, just barely, a painting with the “Midtown” name, in the style the William Goldman Theatre Co. used in the newspaper for the Goldman, the Midtown, and The Randolph, and in the mid 1960’s, The Regency
The City Line Center Twin was opened by, I believe, eithe William goldman Theatres or Budco Theatres. AMC Theatres closed this theatre in the early 1990’s, along with many former Budco/Goldman/Schlanger Theatres, with only the Orleans 8 and the 309 Cinema 9 being the last two from this ownership.
The Orleans 8, as well as the 309 Cinema 9, the Woodhaven 10, and the Franklin Mills 14 are not doing as well as the theatre I work at, the Neshaminy 24. Neshaminy 24 is the #1 theatre in all of Pennsylvania, and a top 20 AMC Theatre nationwide. 5 years from now, the only AMC Theatres in the Philadelphia area, I beleve, will be: The Neshaminy 24, The Hamilton 24, The Cherry Hill 24 (After the merger with Loews goes through), The Franklin Mills 14, The Plymouth Cinema 12, The Woodhaven 10, The Marple 10, The Painter’s Crossing 9, The Marlton 8, and The Deptford 8. The Orleans 8 and The 309 Cinema 9, will most likely be closed, and Orleans #1 to 4, and the 309 Cinema 9 will be demolished, and the Orleans #5-8 converted into a extension of Pep Boys Auto Store.
The planned closure of the AMC Orleans 8 was planned at least 2 years ago, well before being acquired by JP Morgan Chase, and before the planned merger with Loews Cineplex.
The theatre (screen #3 & #4) has been opened since 1963, and the building that houses Screens #1 to #4 has been falling apart since 1985, in the final years of Budco ownership. Most guest comes to AMC Neshaminy 24 to complain about the AMC Orleans 8.
By the end of 2005, The Loews Cineplex Cherry Hill 24 will be renamed The AMC Cherry Hill 24, once the merger of AMC Theatres and Loews Cineplex Theatres (which was some old theatre companies, including Loew’s Theatres, RKO Century Warner [RKO Stanley Warner], Walter Reade, Plitt) goes through.
The AMc (Former William Goldman/Budco) Orleans 8 is now slated to close in July, 2005. Don’t know if it will happen
the new Senior Operations Manaager at Bay Street 16 starte with AMC Theatres at AMC Neshaminy 24, in Bensalem, PA
Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back opened here in 1980.
The new Senior Operations Manager at the AMC Santa Anita 16 came from the theatre I work at, the AMC Neshaminy 24, in Bensalem, PA. He started with AMC at the AMc (Former GCC) Franklin Mills 14, in Philadelphia, PA
The Anthony Wayne Theatre, I believe was a independent theatre from 1928 to 1940, then from 1940 to 1972, was a William Goldman Theatre, from 1972 to 1987, a Budco Theatre, and from 1987 to 1997, a AMC Theatre, before being acquired by Clearview Cinema
I have newspaper listing for the Philadelphia area from 1943 to 2005, and The Andalusia Drive In is not listed as a Budco Drive In. The Philadelphia Inquirer do list the Budco Drive In’s and Theatres, from 1974 to the buyout by AMC Theatres, as “Budco xxxx x” (The xxxx x represents the theatre or drive in.)
You are correct, I was mistaken. The Budco Doylestown Barn Cinema was the first Twin theatre ever in Bucks County.
The Ambler Theatre was never a Budco Theatre, nor was it ever a AMC Theatre. It was either a independent, or it it was a Stanley Warner Theatre. opened by Warner Brothers Theatres in 1928, became a Stanley Warner Theatre when Warner Brothers Theatres and The Stanley Company Of America were merged in 1930. I believed it closed as a RKO Century Warner Theatre.
I was told by guest at my theatre that the managers at Budco Theatres were not fired, as you say, but they all quit. AMC never fired any managers from the former General Cinema Theatres or the former Gulf State Theatres.
Some of these managers are now vice presidents and managing directors at AMC Theatres, and the parent company: Marquee Holdings, which is a joint venture between JP Morgan Partners, a division of JP Morgan Chase Inc., and Apollo Management L.P.
The Mayfair Theatre, after it closed, became a Thrift Drug. when JC Penney acquired Eckerd, they renamed all the Thrift Drugs to Eckerd. The theatre auditorium is still standing, but the lobby has been “Eckerd"ized
When the Sedgwick was a theatre, it was owned by Stanley Warner Theatres