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alps commented about Forum Theatre on Feb 17, 2013 at 8:00 pm

Well the Forum has a date with the wreckers, soon it will wiped off the face of the earth.I wanted to buy the admission price sign, but it was gone. It was my landmark on the Septa train, I will miss it, even though it was 30 years since I had been in there.

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alps commented about Roxy Theater on Jan 13, 2013 at 11:39 am

Saw workers inside the Roxy the other day,in the near future, I am planning to donate money to the new owners, PFC, they should sell Roxy T-Shirts as an incentive.

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alps commented about Forum Theatre on Dec 9, 2012 at 1:56 pm

I would like to see this still used as a theater, cleaned up of course. Could be the new Temple Cinemateque. I haven’t been in that theater in thirty years. Was then a couples theater, a clean safe place. With the Book Bin and John’s Adult Books closing this year as well, The Scorpio and Danny’s will make bank, because everyone doesn’t have internet access.

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alps commented about Roxy Theater on Oct 10, 2012 at 5:34 pm

I always said it should model the Film Forum, hooray!!!!

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alps commented about Roxy Theater on Sep 28, 2012 at 4:51 pm

November is the closing day. I love this this theatre and will miss it. But how long can you deal with a leaky ceiling and musty smell. I believe this space will go retail. The rents on that block will rise, but a cinema was the perfect fit.

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alps commented about Roxy Theater on Sep 10, 2012 at 7:44 pm

I wonder will the Roxy will still be opened this time next year. The Ritz theaters have gone digital. The Roxy is important to the block, it helps the eateries in the area.

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alps commented about Ritz East Theater on Sep 9, 2012 at 7:58 pm

Sept 8th, Ritz East manager told the moviegoers at “Moonrise Kingdom”, that this was the last week for 35mm projection at their theaters. She said she regrets the change but their projectors were very old. Paul Thomas Anderson “The Master”, will be shown in 70mm in NYC. The Ritz 5 will show it here.

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alps commented about 35mm era fades as theaters go digital on Aug 20, 2012 at 4:51 pm

Thank you for explaining 16mm v blu ray. The theatre uses both. We agree to disagree on 35mm having a “nicer” look. I like the sharp, crisp, look of HD, the end.

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alps commented about 35mm era fades as theaters go digital on Aug 20, 2012 at 10:00 am

What I was saying was, Moonrise Kingdom, was filmed in 16mm, as a choice of the filmmaker Wes Anderson for it’s look. Did not say it was superior, he wanted to get what he felt was an early 1960’s look. Some critics say that you should see the picture (Moonrise Kingdom) projected as film, for the grain. At the theatre I attend, the preshow and ads are in 2k, the main feature is in 4k. I don’t get how 16mm is equal to blu ray. I have seen enough scratched, worn, washed out, 35mm prints now I am full digital.

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alps commented about 35mm era fades as theaters go digital on Aug 19, 2012 at 11:54 am

I have been spoiled by my blu ray, to the point I cannot stand projected film anymore. To me, digital is way superior to 35mm film. It took me a while to come around, I have been told that Moonside Kingdom is much better seen as projected film since it was shot in 16mm and blown up to 35mm. A few years ago, I went up to New York at the Film Forum, to see Bad Day at Black Rock, new 35mm print, all what was going through my mind was how better it would have looked in digital, in Philadelphia, my favorate indi theater, The Roxy, will truly suffer, since they are a three person operation. I hope Mr. Nearey doesn’t close.

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alps commented about Boyd Theatre on May 14, 2012 at 5:40 pm

Ten years, I miss this theatre.

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alps commented about Boyd Theatre on Apr 21, 2012 at 7:55 pm

Saw workmen today working on the Boyd marquee. Are they just making the exterior presentable or has work begun or restoration?

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alps commented about Ritz East Theater on Apr 8, 2012 at 10:31 am

The best of the Ritz Theaters in Philadelphia. I love the digital projection, the consessions. the location. The Ritz 5 needs to close down and remodel, it is the worse of there muliplexes. According to the recent issue of Film Comment, Landmark, their owner, had done very well profitwise.

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alps commented about Ritz at the Bourse on Apr 5, 2012 at 2:01 pm

I don’t know about the times you were there, hdtv267, but I have gone a lot in the afternoon, I have seen on many occasions, homeless people hanging around in the street level lobby, with filhty detressed plastic bags. Homeless individuals, who use the men’s rooms, some leave and some go into the auditoriums. The last straw for me was, on two occasions', disturbed people made noise and muttering sounds all through two french films, I was trying to enjoy. Management gave me a pass, but that is not the point, this is the Ritz, not the old Budco Goldman Theater. I expect more from this chain, so would Ramon Possel, if he were alive. I only go to the Ritz 5, the crumbling original theater, when the film I want to see is not playing in Voorhees. This is a security issue, as well, I paid, they didn’t. There is a blind spot at the Bourse, where the cashier can not see, this is how they get in and this is why they need a ticket taker at all times. I have spoken to management about this, maybe hdtv, it have gotten better since you been there. I plan on seeing “Salt of Life” this weekend, I hope you’re right.

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alps commented about University City 6 Theatre on May 31, 2011 at 7:05 pm

I would like to thank the management of the Rave at University City 6. I went in the early evening to see The Hangover Part 2. After buying a ticket and sitting down, I noticed the crowed on it’s way to see it, I could tell I would have difficulty ejoying the film with that group. After I saw someone bringing in what looked like a newborn baby, I got up and got my money back, they gave it to me with no problem. The audience looked like the type that would not cotton to anyone telling them not to talk on cell phones. So, I ended up at the Roxy, I can only go to the Rave UC 6, only in the afternoon.

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alps commented about Lessons from Detroit on Feb 13, 2011 at 7:40 pm

Ok, I will be more optimistic. The Royal down on South Street has been closed after “A Minute to Pray, A Second to Die” played there in the late 60’s. I don’t believe the neighbors want a theater over there. I believed that we lost a good thing when they kept the Ritz from being built on 19th and Walnut. I admire what Friends of the Boyd are doing. This was the second Center City theater I attended back in 1967, first being the Stanton. I had always been a special place for me. My last memories of it was sad, dying cinema. I will look forward to the day I can walk through it’s doors again.

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alps commented about Lessons from Detroit on Feb 8, 2011 at 5:05 pm

This going on 10 years since this theatre has been closed. How much longer can this stand? I hate seeing the tagging and other damage to this building. Soon the homeless will get in there and start setting fires, then it will become an eyesore, think Shibe Park/ Connie Mack St.

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alps commented about Ritz at the Bourse on Dec 30, 2010 at 1:44 pm

I love to attend this theater in the afternoons. Recently, since in the daytime there are no ticket takers, there has been a problem with homeless people sneeking into this theater.

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alps commented about Adult Art Cinema on Dec 26, 2010 at 11:48 am

It’s amazing how porn ruled Market Street and surroundind areas during the 70’s and 80’s. Adult Art, would show movie, stop in the middle for a stripper to come out to perform, resume the movie after. Five adult peepshows are left.

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alps commented about Sansom Cinema on Dec 23, 2010 at 6:40 pm

For years this theater had an ad in the Philadelphia Daily News, in the sports section. WHAT’S UP WITH THAT????

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alps commented about Boyd Theatre on Dec 19, 2010 at 7:47 pm

The Boyd Theatre’s 82nd birthday is Saturday. Another year being unused. Shame. This could the city’s Tower Theater, if it wasn’t for the taxes, thank you Ed Rendell.

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alps commented about Cinema Rialto on Dec 19, 2010 at 7:36 pm

I saw this theatre when I was in Rome. Something out of Cinema Paradiso.

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alps commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Dec 12, 2010 at 7:36 pm

The Sound of Music is coming to the Ziegfeld in time for Christmas. Are there any more classics on the horizon?

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alps commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Nov 20, 2010 at 7:55 pm

Yes all digital because, the lost footage was in 16mm.

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alps commented about Roxy Theater on Nov 10, 2010 at 4:51 pm

I wonder how the Roxy will fare when all films will only be availible on digital format? I hope they will work this out, I’d hate to lose this theatre.