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HowardBHaas commented about AMC Woodhaven 10 on Aug 25, 2007 at 2:50 pm

The June 1999 Philadelphia Magazine rated the AMC Woodhaven 10 a “3.8” on a 1 to 5 scale with comment “Across the road from GCC Franklin Mills and just as nice.” (that’s now AMC Franklin Mills). Highest possible rating was achieved in the Seating category, and very high ratings for Cleanliness and Screen & Sound.

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HowardBHaas commented about UA Oxford Valley Theatre Stadium 14 on Aug 25, 2007 at 2:47 pm

The June 1999 Philadelphia Magazine rated the UA Oxford Valley a very high “4” on a 1 to 5 scale with comment “Best of Bucks mainstream theater choices” Highest rating was achieved in the Cleanliness category and very high ratings in the categories of Screen & Sound, and Seating.

Despite the comment, an even higher rating was awarded the Regal Barn Plaza 14.

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HowardBHaas commented about Regal Barn Plaza 14 on Aug 25, 2007 at 2:44 pm

The June 1999 Philadelphia Magazine rated the Regal Barn Plaza 14 a very high 4.5 on a 1 to 5 scale, with comment “Still has that new-car smell.” Highest possible rating was achieved in the categories of Seating and Cleanliness, and very high ratings in the other categories: Screen & Sound, and Service.

This was the highest rated theater in Bucks County, and higher than almost all theaters rated then in the Philadelphia area.

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HowardBHaas commented about AMC Neshaminy 24 Theatres on Aug 25, 2007 at 2:39 pm

June 1999 Philadelphia Magazine rated the AMC Neshaminy 24 a “3” on a 1 to 5 scale with comment “One of county’s busiest, and the wear and tear shows.” Highest possible rating was achieved in the Seating category, and very high rating for Screen & Sound. The “Service” rating was lower than any other in the Philadelphia area.

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HowardBHaas commented about Ritz 5 Theatres on Aug 25, 2007 at 2:32 pm

The June 1999 Philadelphia Magazine rated the Ritz Five a “3.8” on a 1 to 5 scale, with comment “Screening rooms are small and tight, with thin walls, but this is still the best art-house choice downtown.” The highest possible rating was achieved in the Seating category, and a very high rating in the Cleanliness category.

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HowardBHaas commented about AMC Orleans 8 on Aug 25, 2007 at 2:29 pm

The June 1999 Philadelphia Magazine rated the AMC Orleans 8 a “3” on a 1 to 5 scale, with comment “A former cutting-edge theater that has dulled considerably.”

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HowardBHaas commented about AMC Philadelphia Mills 14 on Aug 25, 2007 at 2:26 pm

The June 1999 Philadelphia Magazine rated this theater (then a GCC) a 3.8 on a 1 to 5 scale. The highest possible rating was achieved for Seating, and very high ratings for Screen & Sound and Cleanliness. Comment was “Big hair and big attitudes, but not the worst place to see a movie in the Northeast”

By Northeast, the magazine means in Northeast Philadelphia.

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HowardBHaas commented about Regal Edgmont Square 10 on Aug 25, 2007 at 2:19 pm

On a 1 to 5 scale, the June 1999 Philadelphia Magazine rated this movie theater a very high 4.3 with Comment that it has “All the lastest bells and whistles” It received the highest possible ratings in the categories of Screen & Sound, Seating, and Cleanliness.

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HowardBHaas commented about Regal Downingtown Stadium 16 & IMAX on Aug 25, 2007 at 2:15 pm

On a 1 to 5 scale, June 1999 Philadelphia magazine rated this theater a “4” with comment “Brand-spanking new” It received the highest possible rating in the Screen & Sound category and very high for Seating and for Cleanliness.

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HowardBHaas commented about UA East Whiteland Stadium 9 on Aug 25, 2007 at 1:22 pm

Exterior photo here on this realtor’s site:

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HowardBHaas commented about El Capitan Theatre on Aug 25, 2007 at 10:59 am

I think Terry’s recent comment refers to the El Capitan in its pre-restoration years, as the Paramount. A photo of its exterior is depicted here:

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I’m not in Los Angeles, but there used to be a display of photos from when El Capitan was the Paramount (including the above photo) outside the theater. Those photos include the auditorium. Are those photos online anywhere?

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HowardBHaas commented about Rare glimpse at Philadelphia movie theaters on Aug 25, 2007 at 8:43 am

One our Friends of the Boyd volunteers wrote to me after seeing the photos:

I remember going to all of these theatres…First “date” with my former husband was at the Cinema 19 (“I Am Curious Yellow”) !

Another supporter wrote the following:
Great memories, and thanks for making me feel old. I actually saw Finian’s Rainbow at the Stanley, as well as Ice Station Zebra in Cinerama at the Randolph.

HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas commented about Rialto Theatre on Aug 24, 2007 at 2:24 pm

Here’s the Riverview you mention:
/theaters/802/
makes me want to visit!

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HowardBHaas commented about Alamo Drafthouse Mainstreet on Aug 24, 2007 at 11:13 am

I seem to recall reading that the auditorium was in total ruins? It does seem likely this will complete that process. Fortunately, Kansas City has or is restoring at least one movie palace, regardless of whatever is being done to this one.

The Grand Lake added 3 screens in Oakland. London’s Odeon Leicester Square has tiny additional auditoriums which aren’t so relevant to this example. Movies really move over to the twin Odeon West End (until that falls). The last I read the Grand Rex in Paris was in danger because redo plans for the additional screens, etc weren’t being approved.

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HowardBHaas commented about Rare glimpse at Philadelphia movie theaters on Aug 24, 2007 at 5:42 am

There’s pharmacy chains almost every block of downtown Philadelphia now. They will oversaturate the market, and every city one will close? NO.

Many sales activities, such as shoes, antique row, etc prosper with more rather than less.

Sound movies (and the growth of the neighborhood moviehouse), TELEVISION (killed Philadelphia’s Earle in 1953, the Mastbaum later in the decade, and resulted in the downsizing of seating at many including the Stanley), the move to the burbs, and multiplexes, killed the movie palaces. Same story played out everywhere in the world. Cities had many, then as of the 1950s…..

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HowardBHaas commented about Rialto now dark on Aug 23, 2007 at 7:12 pm

Interesting that William mentions the Alex.
Like other theater chains, Landmark is likely going to be more concerned with their megaplexes like their new Westside /theaters/20482/
2000 seats, 12 screens. That’s their for-profit economics.

It is unlikely the Rialto will reopen with the existing auditorium for daily movies, regardless of whether additional screens are added to the auditorium or not. I don’t know whether Landmark would consider dividing up the auditorium, but maybe that misses the point of saving the interior.

Perhaps either of these could be models for South Pasadena to follow with the Rialto:
Aleks in Glendale
/theaters/8/

Warner Grand, San Pedro
/theaters/21/

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HowardBHaas commented about Presidio Theatre on Aug 23, 2007 at 6:48 pm

Photos including interior and including the former main chandelier of the auditorium, here:
http://www.cinematour.com/tour/us/2926.html

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HowardBHaas commented about Rare glimpse at Philadelphia movie theaters on Aug 23, 2007 at 6:25 pm

link was omitted to Dennis' photo of Theatre 1812
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As to Box Office:
(at the Goldman) Funny Girl was # 1 at 1968 box office.
http://www.boxofficereport.com/database/1968.shtml

2 was 2001: A Space Odyssey, followed by The Odd Couple, Bullitt, Romeo and Juliet

(at the Midtown) # 6 was Oliver

Planet of the Apes followed, then Rosemary’s Baby, then Yours, Mine and Ours,

(at Theatre 1812) # 10 was The Lion in Winter

(at Cinema 19) Chitty Chitty Bang Bang was # 17

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HowardBHaas commented about AMC Palace Theatre on Aug 22, 2007 at 7:22 am

Yes, large curved marquee.
Photo by Dennis Zimmerman with Lion in Winter on marquee:
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Thanks to Dennis for taking the photo & allowing it to be posted.

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HowardBHaas commented about Goldman Theatre on Aug 22, 2007 at 7:12 am

Photo by Dennis Zimmerman of Funny Girl in 70 mm on the marquee (before the twinning that horrified Vince):
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Thanks to Dennis for taking the photo and for allowing it to be posted.

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HowardBHaas commented about Prince Theater on Aug 22, 2007 at 7:02 am

Photo by Dennis Zimmerman with Oliver on marquee:
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Thanks to Dennis for taking the photo & allowing it to be posted.

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HowardBHaas commented about Randolph Theatre on Aug 22, 2007 at 6:57 am

Ice Station Zebra on marquee, photo by Dennis Zimmerman:
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Thanks to Dennis for taking the photo & allowing it be posted.

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HowardBHaas commented about Sam's Place One and Two on Aug 22, 2007 at 6:50 am

Photo by Dennis Zimmerman with Chitty Chitty Bang Bang on the marquee:
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thanks to Dennis for taking these photos and allowing them to be posted.

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HowardBHaas commented about Stanley Theatre on Aug 22, 2007 at 6:44 am

Photo by Dennis Zimmerman of Finian’s Rainbow on the marquee, shown in 70 mm:
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Thanks to Dennis for granting permission for the posting, and for his taking this and other theater photographs!

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HowardBHaas commented about Odeon Kensington on Aug 21, 2007 at 3:51 pm

This website says the theater has been sold for redevelopment:
http://users.aber.ac.uk/jwp/cinemas/cinlondon.html