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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.
Passed by the Nokia Theatre on Thursday, and right by the front doors, the old Loews Theatres carpet is still there.
i actually have a newspaper ad showing “the Excorist” opening at The Stage Door Cinema Theatre, not the Milgram/Stanton Theatre.
The mailing address is 230 S. 40th Street.
This listing should be updated. The Loews Cherry Hill has 24 screens, not 8 screens.
Does anyone know if this was the Trans-Lux first theatre they ever opened?
I think the original Trans-Lux Theatre that ever opened was The Trans-Lux Theatre on Market Street, Philadelphia. This theatre later closed as Eric’s Place Theatre under either the Sameric Theatres or United Artists Theatres ownership.
The promblem with these lawsuits is the theatre chains and advertisers lawyers will argue why there should be ads. The big chains like JP Morgan’s AMC Theatres/National Cinema Network, Regal Entertainment Group/Regal CineNet and others will, if they lose, appeal and appeal the appeals if they lose the appeals.
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)