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On the death notice for Sam Shapiro, founder of the Sameric chain, it list that he opened the King Theatre, then a few monts later opened the Eric Fairless Hills and Eric Harrisburg Theatre. It wasnn’t until the late 1960’s that this theatre started using the “Eric” name.
The United Artists-Eric-RKO Stanley Warner’s Plaza King of Prussia Twin Theatre should be listed as “Demolished”
This link also has other links to documents listing the Sam’s Place opening in mid 1970’s under the “RU-S” (as Sam’s Place) and “T-Z” (as Viking)
I would also like to see, when The Boyd does reopen,some photos of its days as the RKO Stanley Warner’s Boyd and as Sam Shapiro’s/United Artists Sameric 4 Theatre.
This past weekens, AMC Neshaminy 24, like many other IMAX and Digital 3D theatres, has “Monsters vs. Aliens 3D” and “Monsters vs. Aliens: An IMAX 3D Experience” playing and selling out.
Rising Star [Former name: CineBridge Ventures], is a joint venture between National Amusements and Soquel Ventures, Russia, operates the KinoStar Theatres in Russia, as well as “The Bridge: Cinema De Lux” theatres in Los Angeles and Philadelphia. The Bridge Philadelphia also has The University of Pennsylvania as a partner.
So, I believe, those 2 NA Theatres, as well as the NA “Cinema De Lux” Theatres (Island 16, City Center 15, Connecticut Post 14, Stonybrook 20, Florence 14, Preston 16, Blackstone Valley 14, Patriot Place 14, The Greene 14, Springdale 18) are safe.
The AMC website doesn’t have the Rockaway 16 listed as a IMAX coming soon, but does list Tysons Corner as “TBD”. I wonder what that means.
Alexander Boyd, as of 1934, no longer owned the Boyd Theatre in Philadelphia. The Boyd in Philadelphia, by then, was owned by Warner Brothers, under the Stanley Warner Theatres division.
Chicago Ridge opened in 1981 by Essanes as a triplex. Cineplex Odeon took over this theatre in 1987.
I think you are right. I had my dates mixed up.
During the Cinerama days, the Boyd Theatre was owned and operated by Stanley Warner Theatres, and the Randolph (formerly known as Keith’s Chestnut Street Theatre) was owned and operated by William Goldman Theatres.
The 309 Cinema 9, along with the long gone Orleans 8, Andorra 8, Barn 5, Springfield Twin, , City Line Twin, and Millside 4, as well as Midtown Twin (Prince Music Theatre), Olde City Twin (Ritz East Twin) and Anthony Wayne Twin (Clearview’s Anthony Wayne 5) became AMC Theatres when AMC bought Budco Theatres in 1988.
At AMC Neshaminy 24 with IMAX, the conversion was the same way as what was done at the two National Amusements locations, except we added two “mini hallways” at the end of the curved wall to wall, floor to ceiling screen, mainly because the outside walls of aMC Neshaminy 24 with IMAX were pre-fab, with one outside side wall forms a 90 degree angle with the outside wall of House #2, and the other outside side wall also supports the mall entrance.
It is worth seeing movies in the Digital IMAX Theatre (aka House #1). The seating is now at 529, down from 617 seats.
In the Philadelphia/South Jersey area, the projectors are run by our projectionists, as well as our Operation Coorinators, and Projection Manager. And, no, I am not a projectionist, but I know a former booth manager who been running projection booths for AMC and, before that, for Sameric Theatres and Budco Theatres.
and we do get the tecknitions that come out from both IMAX (for our Digital IMAX Theatre) and Christie Digital (for our regular Digital projector, Slide projectors and in-lobby HDTV’s)
Pretty soon, there will be more Digital IMAX Theatres than there are the 5 stories 70mm iMAX Theatres and the Omnimax 70mm IMAX. And the screens in the Digital IMAX Theatres are not the same size as the 1.85:1 “Flat” screens.
And, no, they will not raise the roof on the Rockaway 16 for the Digital IMAX. They did not raise the roof on the Digital iMAX Theatres at AMC Neshaminy 24 with IMAX, AMC Hamilton 24 with IMAX, AMC Cherry Hill 24 with IMAX, AMC White Marsh 16 with IMAX, AMC Century City 15 with IMAX, REG Sheepshead Bay Stadium 14 and IMAX, REG Aliante Stadium 16 & IMAX, or AMC Burbank 16 with IMAX, amung the new Digital IMAX Theatres at AMC and REG.
The Empire 25’s Digital IMAX theatre has a theatre above and below it. Also, the Digital IMAX uses two projectors, and the theatres have 1 other thing the 70mm IMAX do not have, and that is complete digital surround sound.
My mistake. i was too tired when i posted the little tidbit on Beowulf 3D (I was watching the World Series after I got done work, at my theatre carding for Saw V).
Every AMC Theatres locations, as well as other theatres (Regal, National Amusements, Cinemark ect…), were carding this weekend for Saw V becaues it is required by the MPAA (which gave the film a “R” rating).
When Beowulf 3D was released, the AMC Garden State 16 was still being built, unless it was shown at the old AMC/RKO Stanley Warner’s Paramus Route 4 Theatre.
Warner Brothers theatre division, from 1930 to the late 1940’s-early 1950’s, was Stanley Warner (after buying Philadelphia, PA based Stanley Company of America, started by Stanley Mastbaum and Jules E. Mastbaum). It was through the Paramount Decree that Warner Brothers split into two companies: Warner Brothers Inc. and Stanley Warner Corp.
It was in the 1960’s when Pacific Theatres acquired Stanley Warner Corp, and later RKO Theatres to form the RKO Stanley Warner Theatres division (the other two were Pacific Theatres and Pacific East Theatres). Stanley Warner/RKO Stanley Warner was the biggest theatre chain in Philadelphia, PA, before being surpassed by Budco Theatres Corp. and Sameric Theatres Corp.
There is also a high school in Philadelphia, Pa named after The Stanley Company’s co-founder Jules E. Mastbaum, called Mastbaum Technical High School (built near the site of the former Stanley Warner’s Allegheny Theatre)
In 1981, Pacific Theatres sold RKO Stanley Warner to Almi-Century Theatres, forming RKO Century Warner Theatres.
The Digital IMAX Theatres are all AMC Theatres and they are:
AMC Altamonte Mall 18
AMC Aventura 24
AMC BarryWoods 24
AMC Cherry Hill 24
AMC Columbia 14
AMC Empire 25
AMC Hamilton 24
AMC Hoffman 22
AMC Neshaminy 24
AMC Orange Park 24
AMC Potomac Mills 18
AMC Regency Square 24
AMC Veterans 24
AMC White Marsh 16
Same here with the Met Opera simulcasts at the AMC Neshaminy 24 Theatre in Bensalem. A lot of these operas actually sells out a good 5 to 6 months before they are seen.
This past sunday (9/21/2008) was the 10th anniversary of the opening of the AMC Neshaminy 24 Theatre. This Friday (9/26/2008) is the debut of “Eagle Eye: The IMAX Experience” at AMC Neshaminy 24.
Except the AMC Loews Menlo Park 12 was always a “Cineplex Odeon” theatre, whereas the former AMC Loews Paramus Rout 4 10 Theatre started out as a “Stanley Warner” theatre.
The Stanley Warner Route 4 Theatre showed lots of great movies in 70mm, and started as a single screen.
The Cineplex Odeon/AMC Loews Menlo Park 12 Theatre is a 1990’s 12-plex that replaced another great theatre, the General Cinema Menlo Park Twin Theatre (opened as Cinema Menlo Park), which also show great 70mm films.
I have just read, over at this link: [url]http://cinematreasures.org/news/19561_0_1_0_C/[/url], that the Atco Multiplex Cinemas will close next week, along with sister theatres Showcase Lawrence 1-6 Cinemas and Circle Cinemas.
Don’t worry, the Hoffman 22 is still showing “Space Station 3D” and “Kung Fu Panda” on their iMAX screen.