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Al, et al, the Post is correct as I have heard from people who know, that the building will be replaced with new construction. This cinema’s days are indeed numbered.
I have found out that our local 2 Philly burb cinemas will indeed become Bow Tie. Congrats to Bow Tie for their growth and let’s all say together “Long live the Ziegfeld!”
There’s more than 41 cinemas on Clearview website so I am curious whether they will take over Philly burbs cinemas of Bala & Anthony Wayne.
I agree that popcorn prices are outrageous but I’m looking forward to the introduction of Dolby Altmos sound. Dolby Altmos means many different tracks or points or sound throughout the auditorium. I’d doubt that a theater needs to set it too loud. As to movies at home, movies are supposed to be larger than life on large screens, not TV screens.
Since the Arclight has no Imax, could the Chinese obtain only the Imax version of a film whose non-Imax showings would be at the Arclight?
photos including ornate lobby here
I recently added the last sentence to the Intro above, as to future seating capacity. As to original seating capacity, Theatre Historical Society of America (not an online source) has it at 2,200 seats when it opened in 1927.
Kevanos, the link to Youtube video doesn’t work anymore? I enjoyed that video & would like to see it again.
Thanks, Mike. Friends of the Boyd welcome any theater operator as dedicated to restoration as this one. The challenge is the renovation costs.
I’ve posted the Loews auditorium original screen size in the Intro above.
Are those classics shown in 35mm or, as I’m guessing, 2k or 4k digital?
65 foot wide screen, 4k 3D laser projection, starting only at this theater,
Tonight at Music Box in Chicago, but this doesn’t say which format. I’m guessing 35mm. I was lucky enough to see it last summer in 70mm at AFI Silver.
JodarMovieFan, the Facebook group with prior owner has recently commented, that’s where I read of planned May reopening which they mentioned (and so I amended the Intro above).
Chuck, I didn’t set it that way so you shouldn’t receive that message. Recently a London England group asked me to include a couple photos, so they could see them. The Ambler photos that I posted there I have since pisted to photos on this page. I will try to double check settings later, if I can find them!
Late last year, the Ambler went digital, with 4k in its historic “front” auditorium. (Aud 2 retains 35mm in addition to digital). A week ago, I enjoyed “Emperor” in that auditorium. Thursday eve, I enjoyed 4 k restored print (hard drive) of “Dr. Strangelove” in that auditorium.
Although I didn’t add my name to the cluster of contributors to the Intro above, I wrote the language that says 3 auditoriums are being ADDED in addition to the original auditorium. No constriction whatsoever is being made on the original auditorium. Facebook has at least 2 sites, one from the prior owner, one from new owner. Both have photos.
article about renovations, thankfully to upgrade its systems but keep as cinema-
Hidden City Philadelphia today:
Very amusing. I looked over there & yes indeed, your sharing your 2009 photos, Chris, would be most welcome here.
These members get 1st purchase opportunity to March 23 rare screening of director’s print of Blade Runner:
Why isn’t there a single photo in the photo section? Somebody please photo the exterior & post it. Don’t steal a photo from the Net, do your own. And, if possible, the Premiere cinema with its balcony.
Oops, meant to write “step forth for”
“Great American Theaters” was the 1st book that I purchased about historic movie theaters. I learned about the design & history of movie palaces and how other cities saved them. It educated me to step for Philadelphia’s Boyd, an effort that continues. Of course, Ross Melnick & Andreas Fuchs are among the world’s leading chroniclers today of historic movie theaters!
Amen to JohnRice comment as to commerical preshow & concession prices. I also arrive early to chose my seats (which I prefer to do in person so I’m not asking for reserved seatings). And, I agree with Mikeoaklandpark that the chains who run 8-9 trailers are showing too many.
In reply to hdtv267, HD TV at its best is said to be equivalent to 16mm, so yes, 2k & 4k digital film projection should be better than TV even if perhaps not always up to 35mm standards. And, yes, I’d look forward to a report in writing- and photos if someone would, as to these changes.