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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
The hotel near the Lincoln Drive-in opened as a Hilton. today, the hotel is a Raddison, and the Lincoln drive In is the Neshaminy Interplex
AMc may have treated you bad back in 1987, but AMC has changed in the 18 years since the puerchase of Budco Theatres. A lot of the Budco theatres were closed and replaced by a newer AMC Theatre (the AMC (Budco) Springfield Twin was replaced by the AMC Marple 10, The AMC (Budco) Barn 5 was replaced by REG Barn Plaza Stadium 14, to name a few.
When AMC acquired General Cinema in 2002, they did not fire the managers. One of the managers was transfered from the GCC/AMC Franklin Mills 14 to the AMC Neshaminy 24 (where I proudly work at) and 2 weeks ago was transfered to the AMC Santa Anita 16 in Arcadia, CA.
The reason why AMC closed the Regency Twin, and Sameric closed the Duke And Duchess, in 1987 was because the owners of One and Two Liberty Plaza bought the buildings, just like the owners of PNC Bank Center did in 1980 with the Fox Theatre, The Stage Door Theatre and The Milgram Theatre (The former RKO Stanley Warner’s Stanton Theatre).
The last Center City theatre to close was the REG Sameric 4 Theatre (the former RKO Stanley Warner’s Boyd Theatre). Clear Channel is set to reopen the Sameric as The Boyd Theatre (and restoring the 1928 marquee that The Stanley Company Of America originally had on the building.
In the Philadelphia area, the only AMC/Loews gain will be the Loews Cineplex Cherry Hill 24.
Some of the theatre chains Loews Cineplex purchased started in Philadelphia, that being RKO Century Warner, having been RKO Stanley Warner, Stanley Warner and The Stanley Company Of America, started 1903 by Stanley and Jules Mastbaum. Jules Mastbaum’s legacy lives on with the Jules Mastbaum Memorial High School and the Rodin Museum
Budco took over the Hatboro in 1972/73, around the same time they bought out William Goldman Theatres Co. Hatboro, until 1972/73, was a independent theatre, not associated with any chain.
This theatre should be listed as closed/Demolished. A Boyd’s clothing store now occupies the spot where the Theatre 1812/AMC Palace Theatre was orgiginally at.
My fault on location of Trans-Lux Philadelphia. I knew the Eric’s Place (Trans-Lux)Theatre closed between June 1991 and May 1993, but Sameric Theatres was already owned by United Artists.
UA used the Eric Theatres name on almost all of their Philadelphia operations from 1988 to 1991/93, with the exception of UA Cheltenham Square 8, which opened after Merton Shapiro sold Sameric Theatres Co. to United Artists in 1988.