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Out in Philadelphia, a former Cinerama theatre is being restored. the RKO stanley Warner Boyd Theatre, which was also known as Regal Entertainment Group’s United artists Sameric 4 Theatre. This cinerama house (it was one of the first cinerama theatres on the east coast, along with the RKO Stanley Warner’s Warner Cinerama & Penthouse Theatre.
Sameric’s auditorium #1 was the former Boyd Theatre, which had all incarations of Cinerama until it was moved in the late 1960’s to William Goldman’s Randolph Theatre (which closed in 1971 with Tora! Tora! Tora! as the last film).
It would be great if a cinerama style theatre was built in Philadelphia, that uses cinerama, imax, 70mm, 35mm and digital formats.
Irvin R. Glazer’s book: Philadelphia Theatres has the Northeast 4 Theatre opening in 1955. He also has Goldman’s Andorra opening in 1962 and Goldman’s Orleans opening in 1963, and GCC Franklin Mills 10 opening in 1991. I know for fact that GCC Franklin Mills 10 opened after April 1990, but before July 1990, so i would assume his imformation was wrong.
When the Mainstreet / RKO Missouri was converted into the Empire I & II, AMC Theatres was then known as Durwood Theatres. From 1963 to 1969 this theatre was known as Durwood’s Empire I & II. After 1969 it was AMC Empire Twin, and in 1980 the AMC Empire 4. 6 years after the AMC Empire 4 closed, AMC opened the AMC Empire 25 Theatre in New York City.
There are only 2 theatres that National Amusements had built in “The Bridge” concept, The Bridge 17: Cinema De Lux and IMAX Theatre, in Los Angeles, CA, and The Bridge 6: Cinema De Lux, on the SW corner of 40th and Walnut Streets in Philadelphia, PA.
The Eric’s Place Theatre is still rotting away. Nobody wants to build inside the theatre. The two theatres near it were converted into other uses, the Arcadia Theatre in now a Mandees womens store, and the Stanley Warner’s Karlton / William Goldman’s-Budco-AMC Midtown Twin theatre is now the Prince Music Theatre.
Does anyone know thow many seats are in each auditorium at Pleasure Island 24?
That was mentioned a few up by Steve Marcus, the projection manager at AMC Neshaminy 24.
Here are the theatres in Bucks County:
AMC Neshaminy 24 Theatre
AMC Woodhaven 10 Theatre(Opened as Woodhaven Mall 4 Cinemas)
County Twin Theatre (Opened as Doylestown County Theatre, operated by Budco Theatres)
REG Barn Plaza Stadium 14 Theatre (built on site of Budco Doylestown Barn Cinemas)
REG Oxford Valley Stadium 14 Theatre (Opened as UA Oxford Valley 10 Theatre)
REG Richland Crossing 12 Theatre
REG Warrington Crossing Stadium 22 Theatre
Former theatres in Bucks County:
AMC Bucks Mall Colonial Twin Theatre (Opened as Ramon Posel’s Bucks Mall Colonial Theatre)
AMC Premiere Twin Theatre (Opened as Ramon Posel’s Premiere Theatre)
AMC-Budco Quakertown 5 Theatre
UA-Eric Fairless Hills 3
Eric I-95 Twin Theatre (opened as Milgram’s Fox Levittown Theatre)
UA-Eric Lincoln Plaza Twin Theatre (Opened as Lincoln Plaza Theatre)
UA-Eric Penn Jersey 3 Theatre
Here is a link to the Ramon Posel built Premiere Theatre, later closed by AMC Theatres
This theatre was opened originally by Ramon Posel, who also owned the Leo Theatre and The Bucks Mall Coloinal Theatre, before selling these 3 theatres to AMC Theatres. Mr. Posel kept the Ritz 5 Theatre and built the Ritz chain to 4 theatres before his passing.
The folks who owns Warner Brothers, 20th Century Fox, Universal Pictures, Sony Pictures and every major film studio, as well as the National Assosisation of Theatre Owners, who say AMC Neshaminy 24 is the 4th best movie theatre on the east coast. also, the Bucks County Couier Times has rated AMC Neshaminy 24 the best movie theatre in Bucks County for the years 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004. The voting for 2005 is going on right now.
AMC Neshaminy 24 is way better than REG Marketplace 24. I work at AMC Neshaminy 24.
The best popcorn is at AMC Neshaminy 24, followed by AMC Hamilton 24, AMC Empire 25, AMC Woodhaven 10, AMC 309 Cinema 9, AMC Granite Run 8, AMC Marple 10, and AMC Painter’s Crossing 9.
Here is a link to a recent picture of the REG United Artists Sameric 4 Theatre: RKO Stanley Warner Boyd Theatre / REG United Artists Sameric 4 Theatre
I have a 6/2/1943 movie listing this as a William Goldman Theatre: Band Box, playing “Happy Go Lucky”. The sister theatres that also were listed as “William Goldman Theatres” were: Terminal Theatre, 56th Street Theatre.
Does anyone know how the renovation of the former RKO Stanley Warner’s Boyd /Regal Entertainment Group’s United Artists Sameric 4 is going?
From my understanding, the Midway Theatre building was owned by Sam Shapiro (who also owned the Uptown Theatre building, and the Sameric Theatres chain), but the theatre, and the Uptown Theatre, was leased to Stanley Warner, later RKO Stanley Warner.
Does anyone know on which corner of 15th and Chestnut was the Budco Goldman Twin located on? My gut thinks it was the corner that is now a empty lot created from the One Meridian Plaza fire, but I could be wrong.
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