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It’s also unique that the 309 cinema still has the “Cinema” in cursive, just like it’s former sister theatres Plymouth Cinema and Ellisburg Circle Cinema.
Today, at AMC Neshaminy 24, they are installing a third digital projector. This is one of the new Sony 4K projectors. This, along with the Christie projector, and the Digital IMAX, will make moviegoing even better.
From the pictures I’ve seen of the current 309 Cinema 9, it look like the 1980 addition was to the left of the original Budco 309 Cinema Theatre building. The 1982/83 addition was to the right of the building, but I could be wrong about which side was added first.
The final addition that turned this theatre from a 4-plex to a 9-plex has the one back screen and two front screens built next to the left of the 1980 addition, and the other 2 front screens across from the 1982/83 addition.
The Fox Theatre in Levittown, PA (known as Eric i-95 Twin Theatre in late 1980’s) was owned by Steve and Remy Fox, until they sold the theatre in the mid to late 1980’s to Sameric Theatres.
The Fox Theatre, located at 16th & Market Street, in Philadelphia was owned by William Fox, then Alexander Boyd, then Warner Brothers Inc. (operated through their Stanley Warner theatre chain), then finally by Milgram Theatres.
National General/Mann Theatres sold their New York City theatres (aka Fox Eastern Theatres) to RKO Century Warner Theatres in the early 1980’s.
From what I gather, Budco twinned the Midtown sometime after June 15, 1979, which was the day ROCKY II opened there. The Philadelphia Inquirer had the theatre listed that day as “Budco Midtown”
None of the big theatre chains (AMC, Regal, Cinemark), as well as National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO) likes the ideal of having the film rentals taxed, and are going to fight to stop it.
When this theatre closed, it closed as AMC Loews Paramus Route 4 Tenplex. Other names that this theatre was known as includes Cineplex Odeon Route 4 Tenplex, RKO Century’s Route 4 Sevenplex/Tenplex and Stanley Warner’s Route 4 Theatre.
From what I have seen on Live maps, the old “Route 4 Cinema”, which was to the right of the AMC Loews (RKO Stanley Warner’s) Route 4 Theatre, was demolished and replaced by either Toys R Us or the stores that is built next to the closed tenplex.
The additional screens that’s to the left of the original building, as well as the expanded lobby, looks like were added when RKO Century turned the theatre into the sevenplex.
There is a different roofline to where the last two screens were added over when Screens 6-8 and the expanded lobby area was added by RKO Century.
Correction, It was the lower theatre that was split into two by 1977. My mistake.
AwfulAgent, the upstairs balcony was already divided into two theatres by 1977, when the original “Star Wars” came to rKO stanley Warner’s Route 4 Threeplex. It was already a sevenplex when Return Of The Jedi played at the RKO Century’s Route 4 Sevenplex in 1983.
Does anyone know if the Community Theatre at Barclay Farms was of similuar shape and design to the long-gone Budco Theatres' Doylestown Barn Cinema/AMC Barn 5 Theatre?
If anyone knows, but how far back did the back wall of “The Silo” (aka Budco/AMC Barn Theatres Houses #4/5) and the addition that became Barn Cinema #1 go to in relation to the original back wall of “The Barn Cinema” (aka Doylestown Barn Cinema-Budco/AMC Barn Theatres Houses #2/3)?
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.