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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.
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.
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.
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.
For years this theater had an ad in the Philadelphia Daily News, in the sports section. WHAT’S UP WITH THAT????
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.
I saw this theatre when I was in Rome. Something out of Cinema Paradiso.
The Sound of Music is coming to the Ziegfeld in time for Christmas. Are there any more classics on the horizon?
Yes all digital because, the lost footage was in 16mm.
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.
Too bad, I was going to see this Saturday after Chiller Theatre in North Jersey I made plans,sh**!
Info on Metropolis, I missed this at the Ziegfeld eight years ago, this maybe my last chance to see it there, is this still going to happen?
Is this still going to happen?
Crazy Bob, I was just trying to figure out, what did the projectionist at the Trans lux, being a black man had to do with anything?
I wanted to tour this theatre next week. A call to the number lister said there are no more tours. Say it isn’t so, urgh!!!!!!!!
I believe it is time for Landmark to put more money into this theater. The theater is 34 years old. Broken steats that don’t face the screen, projection could be better new digital should come, sight lines should be improved. We have better art cinemas than they do in New York.
After a rocky start, The Rave will come into it’s own. Maybe they will convert the resturant into an IMAX theater. I was impressed with the management on my 7/9/10 visit. At a screening of Preditors, a creatinous patron became unbearable, loud solo talking at the screen. He was “escourted” out by management. The bathrooms are now well stocked with papergoods and consessions are sold at a resonable price. The problem I have with this theater is one I have all multiplexes, continuious sneeking into auditoriums, this is disturbing, and recks the flow of the cinema experience along with the blue lights from cell phones.
I saw John Woo’s “BOILING POINT” there, I noticed a small guy walking down the asile, he turned and looked at me, it was Spike Lee.
At least they lowered the price of concessions. Are you listening, REGAL?
May 21, 1980. I was standing in line at the Sam Eric, waiting to see “THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK”. Ths would be the last time I would get to sit in the balcony. In February 1997, I stood on line to see “THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK the special edition”. It’s third and final release at the Sam Eric, 1982 reissue the second. At the Loews Cherry Hill, always go on a weekday (!), is passing off a movie screen to me the size on the Sam Eric, as IMAX. I wonder how the theater would fare today with all this digital tech, picture and sound. It may sound terrible, but I am so spoiled by my Blu ray, I love digital. I went to the Film Forum in New York to see, BAD DAY AT BLACK ROCK, a newly stuck 35mm print. In the back of my mind I was thinking how good the blu ray will look.
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.