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is the building being demolished? or the interior redone for another tenant?
Status hasn’t changed because the building remains for the moment. Without suggesting “blame” or “boycot” but simply listing those for the “destruction” as you characterize it, the following testified or wrote in support of the application of Live Nation & iPiC (for which developer Rodin Group will purchase & lease the property): Center City District. Rittenhouse Row. Boyd’s store. Sharon Pinkenson of the Film Office. City Councilperson Clarke, State Senator Farnese, State Rep. Sims. Leaders of William Penn House & 1920 Chestnut Street, both residential buildings nearby. Of course, nobody is more upset than I am. Friends of the Boyd will continue to document & publicize the long & wonderful history of the Boyd. Thanks to those above who expressed their support.
Out of date links are ok to keep here because people can search for those news links once they have the basic info. Inquirer articles can be located whether in their archives online or Philadelphia Free Library online or in person at libraries.
checking Ziegfeld for the weekend, I saw other titles today & tomorrow & googled found this Variety explanation-
New York City’s Ziegfeld Theatre will host a two day, five film retrospective celebrating the collaborations between Academy Award-winning filmmaker Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio Feb. 13 and 14.
New York Film Society’s Kent Jones will moderate a conversation Thursday with DiCaprio, Academy Award-winning editor Thelma Schoonmaker and Oscar-nominated writer Terence Winter prior to the screening of their latest film, “The Wolf of Wall Street.”
Thursday’s screenings are “The Aviator,” “The Departed” and “The Wolf of Wall Street.” Friday will end the retrospective with showings of “Shutter Island” and “Gangs
I saw a movie here in its last year, when it had about 900 seats (not 1100). The seats certainly were all on one floor. Glazer’s hardback lists 954 seats.
I don’t think there would be enough customers for 2 new art multiplexes not far from Union Station in addition to E Street.
article with photos
Mike, a week ago, I enjoyed American Hustle here. Of course, you can google for the film listings. There are often 3 D films showcased here.
Vince Young informs me that Love Story, which bigger box office grosser that opened in 1970, opened here in Philadelphia on Christmas Day 1970.
In light of new movie Saving Mr. Banks, I asked Vince Young where Mary Poppins was shown in Center City Phila. & he replied as follows:
It was the Christmas attraction at Philadelphia’s favorite theatre for musicals….the Midtown….and ran for months!
Maiden name Rose Palange for those who knew her by that name.
People on this site should ask “If after destroying all but the Boyd Theatre’s facade in Philadelphia to build a new multiplex, will iPic then go around the United States & destroy all but the facades of beloved historic movie theaters to build new multiplexes?”
Friends of the Boyd hope people will visit & “like” our Facebook page as we continue to make our case that Philadelphia should join almost every US city (as LuisV knows) in restoring & reopening a historic downtown movie palace, not just keep its facade!
I thought you meant a missing chandelier when you worked there. The original light fixtures including auditorium’s central chandelier are in off site storage. Prior owner allowed us (Friends of the Boyd) to remove what we wanted from projection booth. We have in storage those movie projectors (for future projection) but I don’t know how well they will have held up over the years. Film premieres & festivals now use digital projectors. Our mission is to save the theater, exterior & interior, including the grand auditorium.
Which missing chandelier? one from the balcony? elsewhere? As to other comments, we must save the Boyd. Please “like” & follow us on Facebook & our email updates (enter contact info at www.FriendsOfTheBoyd.org)
Don’t want this.
Restoration done, photos here
Prepare to have your socks knocked off! http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2414149/Hammersmith-Apollo-opens-doors-5million-refit-restored-art-deco-designs.html
Paul, my impression from the renderings is the Imax to be in the front, and IMPACT to be current rear section.
Several of my favorite historic cinemas are here!
I sure hope this extremely rare surviving Cinerama house continues to show 2001 (and other classic 70mm films) and How the West Was Won. Paul Allen paid for new prints of those films. I myself have no interest in those other films you mention.
Exciting debate but everybody calm down a bit. Cliffs, Robert has already replied that this will be the 1.9 aspect ratio screen that is the future of IMAX, not its past (i.e. your “full, traditional IMAX screen). Apparently, IMAX is changing with the times just as the Chinese is doing.
Actually, he posted a new comment this week but it seemed to me that it could cause potential problms for this website….and likewise his comment on the Bala page….I am going to respectfully ask atb not to pick a fight with me about the deletion. I do all I can to assist historic theaters, and that includes assisting (a a volunteer) this website & others.
Email today- (shortened a bit)
Our good friend and theater impresario Nelson Page has retired, and is no longer operating the Lafayette Theater. The Town of Ramapo and the Benmosche Family are currently handling film bookings and all theater operations.
I am proud to announce that the Town of Ramapo Fall Film Festival 2013 (formally the Big Screen Classics) will begin on Saturday, October 19, 2013 with a special screening of The Godfather starring Marlon Brando. Jeff Barker, the Lafayette Theater Organist, will once again provide us with pre-film musical entertainment playing the Mighty Wurlitzer Organ. All films will begin at 11:30 AM and the pre-show Concert at 11:00 AM. Ramapo senior citizens free admission (with card), all other tickets will be $8.00.
Ramapo Fall Film Festival 2013 will feature the following Paramount Studio titles:
October 19th The Godfather (1972)
October 26th Grease (1978)
November 2nd La Dolce Vita (1960)
November 9th Stalag 17 (1953)
November 16th Sunset Boulevard (1950)
November 23rd Raiders Of The Lost Ark (1981) –
November 30th Dream Girls (2006)
December 7th High Noon (1952)
December 14th It’s A Wonderful Life (1946) – James Stewart, Donna Reed
markp, sorry, extra steps need be taken to make the links auto links, so most of them you will need to please copy & paste into your browser in order to see the articles.