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I am also going to 2nd the comment for people to PLEASE take interior photos, especially of the auditorium and murals and details revealed after the restoration, and link those photos to the Metro’s page on this website. I’ve wanted for awhile to see the restored interior, but didn’t get out there. I almost did a year ago, but decided to vacation elsewhere. There are black & white photos of the interior decades ago on the theater’s page, but they aren’t in color and I don’t know how much of that decoration was exposed or restored.
That’s terrible. I saw a movie there in 1997 when other single screen theaters were still open, and before the Metro’s restoration. This is one the San Francisco movie theater activists should consider fighting for.
No, it isn’t time to go all pessimistic. We need to ensure Philadelphia’s sole surviving downtown movie palace survives, is restored, and is restored. Visit www.FriendsOfTheBoyd.org for more updates.
I reviewed the file in the theater collection at the Athenaeum of Philadelphia. The Arcadia theater apparently was built with the 2 structures on each side that were identical to each other. The one on the east survives. The one on the west had, at least, its facade removed so the theater facade could be way bigger. There were interior changes, too, including expansion of the theater lobby.
If the Uptown ceases to show movies, that would be tragic! For decades it has been the greatest theater to see movies on the East Coast!
My photo link was previously linked to this page. I don’t know why it went missing:
Antitrust concerns upon merger seemed to be ensuring competition, but there won’t be competition in much of Washington D.C. (outside of downtown-Union Station) won’t exist if the theater closes and AMC retains Mazza Gallerie and Georgetown.
Chestnut Street is not muli-laned Wilshire Blvd in Los Angeles, but it has long been one of Philadelphia’s main streets (along with Market Street, and Broad Street). Philadelphians don’t consider it a small side street, at all. There will be adequate parking nearby, and mass transit connections are great.
MikeRadio, have you ever been to the Uptown?
Regarding the Tivoli, you might want to read a bit about the effects of 1960’s racial rioting in American cities.
3 photos from today
Historic photo from early 20th Century:
The above list of posters has no relevancy to the Chelsea West page.
What is relevant is that in about the same time period Cineplex Odeon was turning this 3 screener into a very nice 2 screener, they renovated the Beekman (since demolished) in New York, and in Washington D.C. the Cinema (since closed & gutted) and Uptown. They didn’t renovate the Avalon in D.C, which after Loews departed, was saved & renovated by neighbors. I miss Cineplex Odeon.
I meant another famous “rent free” place now closed but still there. I have practiced many fields of law.
I agree there are too many lawyers, though I don’t mind your being one. You at least care about something else, i.e. historic moviehouses. I usually encourage competition to move to Florida.
I am a lawyer, so when I put an “s” on it, it’s because I am starting to spell Holmesburg due to a facility that used to provide “rent free housing” to clients in the past. That place is more locally famous than a theater that closed half a century ago.
Presumably you are telling the public rather than me who William Penn was.
If you were paid by the word, you’d have the funding….
You do go so off point with all the politics, taxes, etc…
Did the Mayfair reopen yet, as a bank? Is that going to use the former auditorium space?
Thanks for sharing the interesting article.
I hope you can post the videotape of the Mayfair online and Dan can find photos.
That show will be at the Merriam instead. No date yet for Boyd reopening.
I’ve said that I don’t believe it is feasible to return the Mayfair to daily single screen status. I never suggested anyone should damage original historic details, exterior or interior including the murals. I also haven’t read any definitive account as to whether the Mayfair murals are in fact gone, and when so.
Although I understood your reference, I don’t think we need to bring in politics & religion here to understand why Art Deco ornamentation shouldn’t be destroyed.
Also, I have long gone long out of my way to enjoy movies in historic theaters, but there aren’t enough people like me to keep enough of those historic theaters alive, much less return too many that failed three decades ago or even half a century ago (Holmes).
No offence is meant to a dream, but if economics could revive single screen theaters, they’d be popping all over the place.
Here’s a link to original exterior in 1934, Lamb design:
Here’s a photo from 2004:
And, a photo today:
4-24-06 photo here:
photo I took yesterday here:
Did it look the 1928 Art Deco marquee at Boyd, or the later 1953 version that’s still mostly there? www.FriendsOfTheBoyd.org and visit photo gallery’s Exterior gallery?
I wish somebody would’ve photographed the original marqueee when briefly visible. Even before gutting, I knew that a movie theater closed in the 1950’s wasn’t going to reopen. Even if a wealthy person renovated the theater to being any kind of theater, Art Deco or not, it wouldn’t exist as a daily mainstream single screener.