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I not sure if this was mentioned, but seating for the Sameric 4 Theatre was as follows:
Auditorium #1 (RKO Stanley Warner’s Boyd): 2350 seats, with 1349 seats on the first floor.
Auditorium #2: 363
Auditorium #3: 363
Auditorium #4: 200
Market Street is not south of Chestnut Street. Market Street is north of Chestnut Street, so that will make Veyoung and Andy P right. The 000 Block of South 15th Street starts at Market Street and ends at Chestnut Street. The 100 block of south 15th Street starts at Chestnut Street and ends at Walnut Street
The Har-Mar 11 setup (1-3 in the original building, 4-11 in a former supermarket) sound somewhat like the setup at the AMC Orleans 8 Theatre in Philadelphia (1-4 in the original building, built by William Goldman Theatres, 5-8 in the back of a former Pathmark Supermarket, with the front taken by a Pep Boys Auto Store)
Was this one of the last theatres AMC opened when they were still known as Durwood Theatres?
There has been rumors that Target is supposed to acquire the land which hoses the AMC (Goldman’s)Orleans 1-4, the AMC Orleans 5-8/Pep Boys Auto (Pathmark/Shop Rite), the Hollywood Bistro, and the Pet Smart (Lionel’s Kiddie City), but it just rumors.
Today’s NY Post has the the former Loews Cineplex New York Twin/Crown New York Twin/Clearview’s New York One and Two Theatre listed now as “Clearview’s Beekman One And Two”.
The only 2 theatre buildings from the old Rugoff Theatres (Cinema 5) chain that is still standing, after the Beekman is demolished, are the City Cinemas Cinema 1, 2, 3 (Cinema I and Cinema II), and in Philadelphia, The United Artists Sam’s Place Twin Theatre building (also was home to Stanley Warner’s Aldine Theatre, Viking Theatre, and Rugoff’s Cinema 19 Theatre), which has a CVS Pharmacy in the building.
The NY Post also now list this Theatre as “Clearview’s Beekman One And Two”. It is playing this past week “Red Eye” and “Four Brothers”.
AMC Entertainment, Regal Entertainment Group, Loews Cineplex Entertainment, Mann Theatres, and Pacific Theatres are a lot better than City Cinemas. Even the old RKO Century Warner chain (RKO Stanley Warner, Rugoff/Cinema 5, Century Theatres) is better than City Cinemas.
City Cinemas owners, Reading Entertainment was way better when they known as The Reading Railroad Company, and had their headquarters at the Reading Terminal, NE Corner of 11th and Market Streets, in Philadelphia, PA.
City Cinemas website still has the demolished Sutton Twin listed.
Playing at Cinema 1, 2, 3 this past week: The Brothers Grimm, Must Love Dogs and Wedding Crashers.
The RKO Stanley Warner’s Stanley theatre was closed in early 1970. the last movie to play at the Stanley was “Viva Max”. After it closed, RKO Stanley Warner had only 2 theatres left in Center City Philadelphia, The RKO Stanley Warner’s Palace Theatre, and The RKO stanley Warner’s Boyd Theatre.
The RKO Stanley Warner’s Palace Theatre was closed in 1971. The RKO Stanley Warner’s Boyd Theatre was sold to Sam & Merton Shapiro’s Sameric Theatres Corporation on November 1, 1971, and reopened on December 14, 1971 as “Sameric Theatre”.
I believe the Sameric Theatres Corp. opened the addition that housed auditoriums #2 and #3 in late 1982 or early 1983.
When ROCKY III opened in 1982, it was still called “Sameric Theatre” When Return Of the Jedi opened in May 1983, it was now called “Sameric 3 Theatre”.
By the time ROCKY IV opened in 1985, it was “Sameric 4 Theatre”, with the original RKO Stanley Warner’s Boyd Theatre, now called “Sameric 4 Auditorium #1” still intact.
I just looked at the Willy Wonka ad, and it list this theatre as National General’s Raceway Cinema.
The Sameric Theatres chain was owned by Sam and Merton Shapiro. The name “Sameric” came from Sam Shapiro, and his grandson Eric, who died in 1971.
RKO Stanley Warner’s Midway theatre was owned by Sam Shapiro, so was RKO Stanley Warner’s Uptown Theatre.
Today, the legacy of Budco Theatres and Sam & Merton Shapiro’s Sameric Theatres lives on as AMC Theatres and Regal Entertainment Group Theatres.
These stores, including Rite Aid, and offices were built right in the Parkwood Theatre building. I lived in Parkwood back in 1973-90 when this theatre was opened and when this conversion to stores and offices took place.
I never disputed the that this theatre was a Budco Theatre. Before 1974, The Inquirer didn’t list the Budco Theatres as “Budco xxxx”, they listed them as “xxxx”.
They didn’t do this for General Cinema until 1975, they were listed from 1970 to 1975 as “Cinema xxxx” or “xxxx Cinema”, but it confused someone who would think a particular theatre was owned by Budco Theatres or General Cinema Corporation.
The only reason the Sameric Theatres were listed as “Eric xxxx” is because they had the Eric name on the front of their theatre, with the exception of the King Theatre and the Terminal Theatre, not counting the center city theatres.
The former REG Crossbay I 3 Theatre is closed. The REG Crossbay II 7 Theatre is still open, and as on 8/25/2005, was showing: The 40 Year Old Virgin, Red Eye, Valiant, Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo, Four Brothers, The Great Raid, and The Skeleton Key.
If Budco operated this theatre, they why are newpaper ads from 1943 to 1963 has this listed as a Stanley Warner Theatre?
The Inquirer also has this theatre listed as shuttered in 1970, between the months of July and December.
Budco, along with General Cinema, Gulf States, and soon, Loews Cineplex (Loew’s, Cineplex Odeon, RKO Century Warner, Plitt, Walter Reade) are a part of AMC Entertainment Inc. (AKA Durwood Theatres, AMC Theatres)
REG Crossbay II 7 Theatre is now the only Crossbay theatre still open. The REG Crossbay I 3 Theatre (Randforce’s Crossbay Theatre) closed 6/23/2005
Does anyone know if the singage on the Union Square Stadium 14 says Regal, or if it stills says “United Artists”?
Some of the ads for films in the NY Post still list this as UA Union Square Sttadium 14, but the main listing list it as “Regal Union Square Stadium 14”.
Either way, i’d just call it “REG Union Square Stadium 14”
The Ambler was never mentioned in the Philadelphia Inquirer from the 1970’s as a Budco theatre. It was always mentioned as a Stanley Warner or a RKO Stanley Warner theatre. I am not disputing what the Ambler’s website said.
The REG Montgomeryville 7, as well as the AMC 309 Cinema 9 Theatre that further down on Rt. 309, are examples of old movie theatres that are still operating. (REG Montgomerville 7 opened as Eric Montgomeryville Theatre, the AMC 309 Cinema 9 opened as Budco 309 Cinema Theatre, on the same grounds with the Budco 309 Drive In
A theatre that used to have really good popcorn was the UA Sameric 4 Theatre, when it was owned by Merton Shapiro’s Sameric Theatres Corporation. Also the former Parkwood Twin Theatre had really good popcorn, as well as the long-gone UA Feasterville 4 Theatre, when it too was owned by Sameric.
the AMC/Loews combine will most likely sell off the E-Walk 15. The AMC Empire 25 is one of AMC theatres top theatres, along with the AMC Neshaminy 24 (in Bensalem) and the AMC 30 In The Block (in Orange, CA)
The interior of the Cinema I & II (GCC Northeast 4) is pretty much demolished from the fire, but the outside is still standing. This eyesore should be demolished.