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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.
I passed by the Sameric 4/Boyd yesterday, and the “Sameric” name on the 1953 marque has been removed, revealing the original 1953 “Boyd” name on the marque, with holes it it from where the Sameric name was attached to.
After 33 years, the 1953 Boyd name is seeing light, but for only a short while, as the marque is slated to be removed within the next couple of weeks, along with the Sameric 4 lighted marque above the 1953 marque. I took some pictures and will be getting them developed soon.
The only Goldman Theatres that I know were Goldman Theatres, outside of Center City, were Bryn Mawr, Orleans and Andorra. Other than the 309, the Plymouth and the drive-ins (which are not Goldman’s, but Budco, and the Hatboro, which was acquired by Budco in 1973) Who owned The Anthony Wayne, The City Line Center, The Doylestown Barn, The Doylestown County, The College, The Community, The Ellisburg Circle, The Esquire, The Exton, The Gateway, The Springfield Cinema, The Surburban, and The Ritz in Oaklyn, NJ?
I believe the Eric Strafford Twin closed as United Artists Strafford Twin in the early 1990’s, but I am not sure. If anyone konws, please confirm it.
I believe the Amboys Drive-In sister drive ins in NJ were the Atco Drive-In (now Atco 14 Multiplex Cinemas), the Starlite Drive-In, and The Tacony-Palmyra Drive-In.
rg, the 309 Cinema was built by William Goldman Theatres Co. When it opened in May 1968, the 309 Drive In, also owned by William Goldman Theatres, was still an active drive-in. The 309 Twin Drive-In was closed somewhere around 1984-85 by Budco Theatres Co. (William Goldman Theatres was renamed Budco Theatres in 1972/73 by their new owner.) The first movie to play at the 309 cinema was “The Graduate”
The 309 was twinned in 1973/74, and became the 309 Cinema 3 in 1980, and then the 309 Cinema 4 in 1982/83
In 1986, the 309 was knon as “Budco 309 Cinema 4 Theatres” AMC Theatres added 5 screens between 1986 and 1989. AMC most likely split the screen that was added in 1982/83 to make 5 screens, while building the 4 screens to the north of the 4/5 screens that were built between 1968 and 1982/83.