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The 309 Drive In, and its sister theatre, The 309 Cinema, shared the same parking lot, and were riginally opened by William Goldman Theatres. today, the 309 Drive-In is a shopping center and a parking lot for the AMC 309 Cinema 9 Theatre.
The Stanley was closed between 1970 and 1972, demolition could’ve started in 1972, and The New World oculd’ve been built while parts of the Stanley was still standing.
I love the sample paintings of the Stanley Warner’s Aldine Theatre and two paintings of the RKO Stanley Warner’s Boyd and The REG United Artists Sameric 4 Theatre (same building)
In reference to the New World Theatre: It was buitl on the site of the then-closed & demolished RKO Stanley Warner’s Stanley Theatre. The New World Theatre opened in 1972 and closed in 1978.
The Stanley was demolished by 1973, but was closed in early 1973. The New World Theatre was built on the Stanley’s proptery at the same time it was being demolished.
I alwasy assumed the original World Theatre was owned by William Goldman Theatres (now operating as AMC Theatres). and I believe the new World Theatre was built on the site of the then-demolished Stanley Theatre.
On a sidenote, The Bryn Mawr has several owners, the first being William Goldman/Budco/AMC Theatres. AMC sold the Bryn Mawr to United Artists in the mid 1990’s, who then operated it until 2000, when the closed the Bryn Mawr and The Ardmore.
In early March 2005, The Bryn Mawr will reopen, I don’t know if it will still be a twin, or if it will be back to a single screen.
When the Leo Theatre closed its doors in the 1980’s, it was not owned by Leo Posel at that point. In 1980 Leo Postel sold the Leo Theatre to American Multi-Cinema Inc. (AMC Theatres), thus marking AMC’s entetry in the Philadelphia region, along with them buying the Bucks County Mall Colonial Theatre, The Premiere Theatre, and The Woodhaven Mall 4 Theatre.
Parkwood, when it finally closed, was owned by RAM Theatre, which also owned, at that point, The Wavery Theatre in Drexel Hill, PA
The only old theatre palace that i was ever in was the Boyd (aka United Artists Sameric 4) One of the Stanley, Boyd, Milgram, State equals 3 Neshaminy 24’s and Cherry Hill 24’s
The Parkwood Theatre was located on the NE corner of Acamdey and Byberry Road, as one of 2 anchors of Parkwood Shopping Center, the other anchor was A&P Supermarkets. This theatre opened in 1963. In the 1970’s, this theatre was twinned, and was closed by 1985. The community this theatre served is now served by the AMC Franklin Mills 14 Theatre. Today a Rite Aid Pharmacy and offices occupy the theatre building, and the original “Parkwood” lettering from the theatre is now located at the Parkwood Youth Orginazation building, located at Dunks Ferry & Mechanicsville Rd.
Just to let you know, but the Circle Theatre was not demolished. I can tell you for a fact that the Circle Theatre is still standing. The theatre on Frankford Ave. that had the auditorium demolished was the Eliis Theatre, which was located across from SEPTA’s Frankford Transportation Center.
Cypress, the theatre that you see in the picture at the Margaret-Orthodox station of The Market Frankford Line was the former Stanley Warner’s Circle Theatre.
With the passing of the Pennsauken theatre, the only two theatres left from the Sameric days in the Philadelphia are: The REG/UA (Eric) Montgomeryville 7 Theatre and the REG/Ua (RKO Stanley Warner/Eric)Moorestown 7 Theatre.
The Broadway was opened by the Mastbaum family (Stanley Co. of America) and a a vaudeville contract with the B.F. Keith Vaudeville connection (A.K.A. RKO Theatres). This theatre closed as a RKO Stanley Warner Theatre. (RKO Stanley Warner Theatres is known today as Loews Cineplex Theatres and Regal Entertainment Group, via RKO Century Warner Theatres and Sameric Theatres)
William Goldman created William Goldman Theatres Co. when he built The Goldman Theatre and purchased The Karlton Theatre from Stanley Warner Theatres, which was renamed “Midtown Theatre”. I believe it was William Goldman who sold the theatre chain to Budco Theatres (which is known today as J.P. Morgan Chase’s AMC Theatres)
Greenpoint, the official address of the RKO Stanley Warner Boyd Theatre/Regal entertainment Group’s United Artists Sameric 4 Theatre is 1908-18 Chestnut Street. The United Artists Rittenhouse Square 3 was on Walnut St., between 19th & 20th St. The back street between the rittenhouse Square 3 & sameric 4 was where the exits are located.
I believe the REG Edwards Newport 6 was where Discovery Channel’s new show “Big” showed a very big popcorn popper in the newport cinemas parking lot.
It was after the fire at Moorestown Mall when UA renovated the former RKO Stanley Warner-RKO Century Warner-Eric Plaza Moorestown Twin into a 7-plex. I don’t think the original interior survived the renovations.
Star Wars Ep. IV played in a couple of other theatres with the 70mm prints, beside the Loews Astor Plaza. I remember it playing at The Eric’s Place Theatre in Philadelphia, PA on 70mm prints
I agrre with what you are saying, but where I work, we are gonna have Shreck 2 on 6 screens, Troy on 5 screens and Van Helsing on 4 screens and Breakin all The Rules on 2 screens. that totals 17 screens for 4 movies, and whe have 7 screens left for 12 movies.
It was 2 years after the Randolph closed when Budco Theatres acquired both the William Goldman Theatre Co. and the Hatboro Theatre. today, Budco’s legacy and theatres survives in the AMC Orleans 8 and the AMC 309 Cinema 9 Theatres, as well as the independent Bryn Mawr Twin Theatre.
After The William Goldman Theatre Co. (Later known as Budco Theatres) remodeled the Keith Theatre into the Randolph Theatre, they added 227 seats to make it 2500 seats.
The lobby area of the Ellis Theatre still stands across the street from SEPTA’s Frankford Transportation Center. Continental Resturant occupies the bulk of the lobby area.
The auditorium of the Ellis was torn down in early 2003. it is now a parking lot that is used by SEPTA commuters
In its heyday as a movie theatre, the Tower was operated by RKO Stanley Warner chain, from its opening in the 1920’s until 1975, when they sold the theatre to Clear Channel-Electric Factory’s precedsor owners
You are correct, feverDog, the REG Moorestown Theatre has 7 screens.
Mikeoaklandpark, The William Goldman’s Randolph Theatre actually closed in Janunary 1971, not in 1969.