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alps commented about Roxy Theater on Nov 20, 2013 at 4:03 pm

HOORAY!!!!! It’s open!

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alps commented about 61st Street Drive-In on Nov 19, 2013 at 1:38 pm

Saw the biggest movies of the the 70’s there. Willard, Dr. Phibes, Shaft, Dirty Harry, The Godfather. Next to the funky river and refineries.

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alps commented about Ritz Center 16 on Oct 30, 2013 at 5:53 pm

Carmike is putting money into the theatre. I like their stimulus tuesday idea, and their $5.50 shows in the afternoon. I don’t like is their ugly standup posters covering the portraits of the great filmmakers, that partrons never heard of.

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alps commented about Roxy Theater on Oct 20, 2013 at 11:55 am

October 18, 2013. I went to the open house for the ROXY. I am looking forward to it’s reopening. Full handicap access. It’s smaller in seating and the brick wall lobby is lost due to the new digital projection. One 35mm projector is in the smaller theater. New seats, new bathrooms and consession stand.No more leaking ceilings and musty smells, and the movies will be better, with NYC Film Forum type programing, can’t wait!

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alps commented about Boyd Theatre on Oct 10, 2013 at 2:35 pm

Well see, the residents will never allow it. They kept the Ritz from opening on Walnut Street. Chestnut Street at night is full of drunken young people. The Boyd in it’s current state could never be a movie theater again, on the other hand, the building is standing in the way of progress and is becoming an eyesore. How much longer can they keep painting over the “tags”, or keep Homeless people from burning it down? I would hate to see the theater go, but Philadelphia is the most corrupt city outside of Gotham City, it’s politics that all Broadway roadshows are at the Academy of Music, the worse venue. My hope for the Boyd as a better Prince Music Theater, may not ever happen.

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alps commented about Multiplex proposed for Boyd on Oct 8, 2013 at 7:55 pm

I seriously doubt that they would put a multiplex there, what kind of films will it play? The reason why there isn’t a general motion picture theater in the area is because of the element it would attract. Think the Riverview, the now shuttered UA 69th Street, and the former UA Cheltenham 8. I would love to see the Boyd/ Sam Eric reopen. There has been talk of new movie houses before, the most recent, on 18th & Arch. The Ritz, the Ritz couldn’t get a theater to open on Walnut Street. Speaking of the Ritz, there are 12 screens the soon to be reopened Roxy with two more a grand total of 14 screens showing art films. Thirty years ago, I and a friend of mine, went to see Scarface, and we escaped with our lives, in 1990 Christmas Day, someone pulled a gun at The Godfather Part III. The days of general film exhibition in Center City are gone. Film at the Prince was a great experiment, I am grateful for seeing Seven Samurai, Wages of Fear, and “Spanish” Dracula on that big screen. I did go to the Sam Eric in it’s last years, after December 2000, it was too much, the rotting decay, the awful men’s room, the overzealous security kept me out of there. Howard Haas, is passionate about this theater, thank God for him, it pains him as it does me to see this theater still shuttered after 11 years. If this plan goes through, that will be the end of any possibility of seeing a 70mm film or restored movie palace. One of the posters is right, the Academy of Music is not a venue for plays and musicals, the Boyd would be a great mixed venue theater.

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alps commented about Roxy Theater on Aug 11, 2013 at 10:31 am

Will the ROXY be open in time for the Philadelphia Film Festival?

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alps commented about Forum Theatre on Aug 9, 2013 at 9:13 pm

Maybe a good place for a Alamo Draft House could be the lot where the Forum once stood.

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alps commented about Roxy Theater on Jun 12, 2013 at 8:48 pm

Looks like work has stopped for now, was supposed to open last May. This would have been a good venue for the silent Hitchcock 9 film retro. If I were working, I would give more money to get this open.

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alps commented about Boyd Theatre on May 20, 2013 at 7:50 pm

May 25th is the 30th anniversary of Return of the Jedi at the Sameric 3. People stood on line all night. Management almost caused a riot when they announced the first showing would be on one of the smaller screens.They wised up and showed it on the main screen. Nothing compared to this theater filled to the brim. Later that year Scarface open causing another near riot.

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alps commented about Ritz 5 Theatres on Apr 15, 2013 at 10:26 am

The Ritz has raised it’s admission, and consession prices, again, limiting discount shows to once a day on selected days.

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alps commented about Gothamist's 12 Best NYC Theaters on Mar 17, 2013 at 12:14 pm

I like the Film Forum for its selection and it does have the best popcorn without butter, I’ve ever eaten. To this day, I’m kicking myself for missing the Don Siegel retrospect they had there. Sunshine is not that small to me, I like it. New York ticket prices are out of hand,most these movies out are not worth $14.00 even worse an IMAX 3D upgrade. If I shell out $20.00 at Lincoln Sq., I better not see any blue texting lights. Also hate it when mental pygmies drape their disgusting feet over the seats in front of them. More and more the movie theaters are losing people such as I.Since I live in the Philadelphia area, instead of going to the Agelika, or Lincoln Plaza, I catch the film at Ritz or even better the Rave theaters near me.

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alps commented about Tuttleman IMAX Theater on Feb 18, 2013 at 5:36 pm

How long will it be before this theatre goes digital?

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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?