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I was there the last day it was open. A triple feature of Horror films. After the new sensation, Night of the Living Dead, a gang fight broke out. The last movie theater on Lancaster Ave was closed for good. Psycho, Jason and the argonaughts, Planet of the Apes, From Russia with Love and Thunderball. Bonnie and Clyde all seen on that giant screen.
This is not cinemagic3, but Eric 3 on the Campus up the street.
Ken mc, the block is GREAT!!!!! Outside of the Roxy, which is still a swell experience, there is a cool record/cd store, Fat Jacks comic crypt, a theater (plays)a top notch comedy club where the greats perform Paul Mooney Robert Kline, and a lot of first class resturants. Fell free to come and visit.
World cinema has a very short shelf life here. But, they do have the opera. After three years, this theater did not turn into the nightmare I thought it would. I perfer seeing art films at the Phila. Ritz instead of New York. IFC Center: except for main theater(Waverly)The others are small, boxy, bad projection. Lincoln Plaza: crowed theater no butter for popcorn. Angelika: tunnel cinemas subway train noise. Sunshine: good theater. Ritz Five needs works but Ritz at the Bourse and Ritz East are better art house cinemas than anything in New York.
I saw “Once Upon a Time In The West”, the very night Charles Bronson died, spooky. As with the other poster, the print quality could be better. Still, I love this place.
The Film Forum recently installed a new projection system. I only wish that they would sell iced tea again. Love the sea salted popcorn, and the lobby. Gary C is right about the chairs. Outside of Turner Classic Movies, the only venue that shows films, most restored, that are not on dvd.
Here is hoping in 2010 something will be done with this theater. In Montgomery County, they are having great success.
NINE will play at the Ziegfeld.
I just came from the James Whale fest. at the FF. Thank the movie Gods for this theater!!!! Only if they could do something about the young hippster doofuses that seen to show up on the weekends sometimes. Looking forward to Jan. for Kurosawa.
Does anyone know if “NINE” is playing at the Ziegfeld? If not, where?
All of you are right. Also, young people don’t care, they will watch movies on there i phones. I have had a 45 year love afair with the motion picture. A few years ago I visited Paris, a city that also loves the cinema. The audience is far more respectful, as was england than the states. Ticket prices and other complaints of finance doesn’t bother me. I live in the Philadelphia area, there are a few cinemas that are a pleasure to visit called the Ritz. Since 1976, and two other complexes later, the best in product reasonable consession prices, snacks offered are imported chocolate and italian sodas. They were better when the late Ramon Possel ran them. But still the bench mark for me, feel free to visit when in Philly, stop by Sonny’s Steaks on Market St. after. Even the Ritz are not imune to creatins that sometime wander in there. Since I rarely see Hollywood product, when I do I can’t enjoy it. Last week I went to see 2012. Cell phones, lights from cell phones, people sneaking in from after seeing Twilight, talking, and the worst annoyance to me, people that drape their filthy feet on the chair in front of them. In New York in the Village, I like to go to the Film Forum, I can’t go Saturday afternoon or evening, because of the young hipster doofuses that show up and laugh at the classic films thinking they are camp. Weekdays are best times to go to a movie you really want to see. Try to support independant theaters as one would record and book stores.
Where was the media saturation for films such as the Seven Samurai, Seventh Seal, 400 Blows? These films found an audience, and went on to become great works of cinematic art. I love the Film Forum, but the filmgoing patrons are changing. Two years ago, I attended a screening of my favorite Woody Allen film, Manhattan, with a new 35mm print. The film was ruined for me, some misguided parent, who should have known better, took about four teenage boys, who sat in front of me. Two of the boys played with their cell phone and video game the whole time, I was detracted by the light of their “toys”. Also, too many hipster doofuses are showing up there and laughing at everything, and putting their feet on the chairs. I do not know what President Obama has to do with this, are you talking about our Senate? Iraq war, patroit act? I live in Pennsylvania, we had a bitter nasty primary. The best thing to come out of it was Mr. Obama’s speech on race. This is a site for the love of cinemas not Fox News.
I am looking forward to attending The Boyd with the awe I had the first time I walked in there in June of 1967. No longer the sad dying cinema. with over zelious security guards checking your bags, patrons you could not reason with, and bathrooms you mother told you not to use.
This was almost a replay of 1993 when Schindler’s List was released. Misguided school teachers, trying to teach children about dehumanization, when outside the classroom in the 90’s was a steady diet of “hood movies” and violent video games. Patrons at the Schindler sceening were also outraged, and keep in mind that was 15 years ago! Most of the films I attend are art films, so I avoid kids, babies, and igorant patrons that you can’t reason with. Only two things bother me even when I attend those films, creatins that feel the need to drape their nasty, filthy feet on the seat in front of them, and whem I attend a “classic film” at the Film Forum, young hipster doofuses show up and ruin the movie by laughing at everything in it. Last winter at the Film Forum, I saw the movie “Violent Saturday”, as soon as the title appeared, laughter broke out. I always felt that I would be the last one that they would have to drag out of the theater, but as I said earlier, some of these people you cannot reason with, and going to movie could cost you your life. The 65 inch plasma screen is looking better and better. A report came out last summer, about what is on the soles of peoples' shoes, so only the Quad Cinema has a no tolerance about feet on chairs.
I think it was a good thing that the Ziegfeld showed Che the way it did. I attended the Friday screening. I loved the first part since it was the rise of Che. the second being his down fall. Love it or not, it was real cinema something this country rarely produces anymore. The ziegfeld’s massive screen, was a great frame for it. Comments about it’s running time are disturbing given that this is a website for those who love cinema or is it cinemas? Pay no attention to film critics, one has to look far and wide for a good one. The New York Post and the Metro being the worst reviewers on the face of the planet! And they get paid, go figure. There is a film reviewer in Philadelphia named Matt Prige, who gave Casablanca an A-, and thinks Citizen Kane is overrated. But, I believe these 60 plus year old films should not be subjected to assinine letter grades. Looking forward to Ziegfeld Classics 2009, Metropolis and the Searchers, are among my choices.
The new The Day The Earth Stood Still, was not that bad, is mankind worth saving? The original could not touch on the subjects that the 2008 film could. Racism, xenophobia, the world economy, globalization. The special effects moved the story along, unlike say, Independace Day. I did enjoy the film on it’s own merits.
Let me be first to say, HAPPY 80TH BIRTHDAY BOYD THEATRE!!!!!
Hope to see you soon.
Good news today in the newspaper about the Boyd Theater. I hope the deal works out, I would at least liken it to the Tower Theater, only with places to eat and nearby clubs, will make it “the” Chestnut St. happening. I pray the new owners will not back out on the film part, like the Prince did. Until then, thank you, Howard, you have put up with nonscence by some on this site and you’ve handled it with class. Why should Ambler have all the fun?
I get so tired of all this bashing of the Roxy Theater. I, for one, am very happy it is there. Yes, it is small and the sound could be better, but I would not trade the experience of welcome enjoyment, as I call it. From the beautiful lady that sells and tears your ticket, to the fresh popcorn with real butter, at fair prices, the cool choice of music that is played, and the cleanliness. Most of all the owner is there to personally greet you. Even though he holds a full time job as an attorney, he stands by his theater. I wish though, that they would have film programing similar to that of the Film Forum in New York. Philly moviegoers are not as adventurous as they clain to be, I still have to travel to NYC to see films that never see the light of day here. I also love the bare brick walls in the lounge and the cleanest bathrooms of any cinema, although idiots are begining to tag them with graffiti. I will support this cinema as long as it remains open, as I will support independent record and bookstores. In the past TLA would program festivals there. We should not allow this cinema to die, the last first run movie theater in Center City. Thank you Mr. Nearey, and keep fighting the good fight, I believe you will wear Mark Cuban and Landmark down.
It was sad, this summer blockbuster season that, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the the Crystal Skull, did not play at the SamEric. I had seen the other adventures there and the screen cried out for the big Paramount logo to appear on it. I hope something is done soon, because jackasses are tagging it with more and more graffiti, it is begining to look like an eyesore.
Thank goodness, the Ziegfeld will be showing Indiana Jones for one more week!!! I will be traveling from Philly to, GET MY TICKET, GRAB MY POPCORN AND RETURN TO THE EDGE OF MY SEAT!!!!!!!
Thank you Ken, I thought this site was for and about movie palaces. That is why I made the comment about, aint it cool news. My son and I are excited about seeing the film again at the Ziegfeld, with red velvet, curtains, popcorn, the works!!! Harrison Ford, in this picture , reminded me of Randolph Scott with a little Gary Cooper from their films in 1950’s, Mr. Ford is one of the last great movie stars and the Ziegfeld screen is the place to see him, and I believe an opening box office of $126 million, puts one finial nail in the coffin of so called self important movie critics.
Well Bill I wasn’t speaking about you. I did read your post and you did watch the trilogy (!) This was a comment on the state of American cinema. In 1981 there were a lot of critics that did not like Raiders. Carrie Rickey, of the Philadelphia Inquier blames Indiana Jones for the “dumbing down” of movies, a statment that I do not share. You, like so many did walk into that theater with your expectations too high, the film could never live up to. So, I stand by my post and please don’t be sorry because you didn’t like it.
I did not know that, this site had become a link to, ain’t it cool news.com. I watch the film with a big bag of buttered popcorn, and enjoyed it. This whole, “I was disappointed” bit is wearing thin. The movie could not compete with the one that was running in your head, since you just had to watch the Indy trilogy before you saw “Kingdom”. Some not having the common sense to realize that, movies you’ve seen as a kid, back when you had no worries or cares, are shocked and surprised when the same giddiness doesn’t happen when they make “a new one” in your adult years. For most of us, life has changed after school/college, jobs, marriages, children etc. and what some of s cannot achieve in our own lives, we tend to be over critical of art and of artists. Before Star Wars (1977), movie reviews appeared days later in your local newspaper, now as in the case of The Phantom Menace (1999), a month before it’s release, placing the seed of doubt in the minds of moviegoers. Movies today, are reviewed to death, every little rinky dink newspaper has a so called movie critic, and thanks to the internet, John Q Public gets to weigh in as well. Unless you have stock in Viacom, what this movie makes is none of our business. Steven Spielberg said, in this picture Indy “grows up”, and he does. When Indy sees the mushroom cloud, and nearing the begining of the 1960’s, he knows that the time of awe and adventure is coming to an end. Now for him, love and family is the greatest adventure of all. My Ziegfeld veiwing is in a few weeks, I am sorry the film is not in digital, Indy fans, see the film again it is preety good.
I saw the ad too. Now it’s official. We will be at the Ziegfeld on June 14th to see Indy. I am glad I found out about the before it was too late. Fingers are crossed for May 2009, for the opening of STAR TREK!!!!!