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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.
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.
Will the ROXY be open in time for the Philadelphia Film Festival?
Maybe a good place for a Alamo Draft House could be the lot where the Forum once stood.
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.
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.
The Ritz has raised it’s admission, and consession prices, again, limiting discount shows to once a day on selected days.
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.
How long will it be before this theatre goes digital?
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.
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.
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.
I always said it should model the Film Forum, hooray!!!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ten years, I miss this theatre.
Saw workmen today working on the Boyd marquee. Are they just making the exterior presentable or has work begun or restoration?
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.
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.
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.
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.