Comments from alps

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alps commented about Sansom Cinema on May 18, 2014 at 6:10 pm

Not exactly zero, there is the amazing Tropicana IMAX theater. Top notch staff and great movies.

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alps commented about Ritz 5 Theatres on Apr 28, 2014 at 2:39 am

Right, Budco never owned the Theater, but Variety used to say, in the 70’s, that Milgram Theaters were the owners when they would report grosses, much to the surprize of Mr. Posal. “Budco like” means that, the theater was twinned by building a wall in the center, and not adjusting the seats, which after nearly 30 years, remain on a slant. I try to avoid films there unless they play in the bigger theater.

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alps commented about Boyd Theatre demolition begins on Mar 24, 2014 at 3:07 am

I had come to terms with the theater being torn down, but the lobby, too? I wonder what happens when the asinine trend of theater eateries fail. But too late, theater gone!

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alps commented about Remnants of Times Square’s Loew’s Mayfair Theater on Mar 15, 2014 at 5:01 am

I believe that around the side of this theatre, statues of Mary Pickford and Sarah Bernhardt are there. They should be restored.

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alps commented about Center Theater on Jan 27, 2014 at 3:40 am

This theater did show hard core porn, I guess in 1975, this was around the time I was in high school, my buddy and I saw “Sexual Freedom in Brooklyn” (soft core) and “The Birds and the Beads”(hard core).

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alps commented about Battle for Boyd reaches fever pitch on Jan 26, 2014 at 6:01 pm

The best model for the Boyd Theater would be mix use. Unfortunately, that cannot happen because of the stranglehold that the Academy of Music has on touring Broadway shows. The Academy is the perfect venue for concerts, operas, and the ballet, but a terrible one for plays and musicals. The Boyd cannot stay in the condition it is in any longer. In the last six months it was open, I would refuse to go there, 2001 Harry Potter movie, would be the last I would see of the main auditorium, the horrible bathroom. The teal and yellow orange paint slopped on trim for the Philadelphia movie premiere, worn out carpet, and overzealous security. I don’t get this whole idea of restaurant movie theaters, love or hate Howard Haas, he’s right, once that theater is torn down, it’s gone, gone forever. In New York City, all of the Times Square movie theaters are gone or repurposed, the Boyd Theater would have a better outcome if it were on the Avenue of the Arts.

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alps commented about Boyd Theatre on Jan 26, 2014 at 6:00 pm

The best model for the Boyd Theater would be mix use. Unfortunately, that cannot happen because of the stranglehold that the Academy of Music has on touring Broadway shows. The Academy is the perfect venue for concerts, operas, and the ballet, but a terrible one for plays and musicals. The Boyd cannot stay in the condition it is in any longer. In the last six months it was open, I would refuse to go there, 2001 Harry Potter movie, would be the last I would see of the main auditorium, the horrible bathroom. The teal and yellow orange paint slopped on trim for the Philadelphia movie premiere, worn out carpet, and overzealous security. I don’t get this whole idea of restaurant movie theaters, love or hate Howard Haas, he’s right, once that theater is torn down, it’s gone, gone forever. In New York City, all of the Times Square movie theaters are gone or repurposed, the Boyd Theater would have a better outcome if it were on the Avenue of the Arts.

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alps commented about Superman turns 35 and more on Jan 4, 2014 at 1:34 am

Back in 1977, people from Philadelphia would travel to the Astor Plaza to see STAR WARS in 70mm and Dolby. First movie I saw there was John Ritter in Hero at Large the next, THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK. Later the first three Indiana Jones movies, said goodby with SPIDER MAN2

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alps commented about Ritz Center 16 on Dec 21, 2013 at 3:04 am

Carmike in Voorhees has just raised it’s prices on admission by .25 for day shows, and it’s concessions has gone up as well. Christmas 2013, has too many releases at on time. Management and employees are doing a great job , the best group on young people I experienced working in a theater in a long time. I will say, outstanding!

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alps commented about Ritz 5 Theatres on Dec 5, 2013 at 4:10 am

It is time for this theater to be updated. I am now avoiding this theater unless I have to go there. The bathrooms are too small and hard to get to for ladies, the is one good screen, the seats are broken and you have to turn your head to watch the film because of it’s Budco like twinning in ‘85. Tear it down and rebuild it.

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alps commented about Roxy Theater on Dec 5, 2013 at 3:58 am

I jumped the gun, it’s still being worked on.

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alps commented about Roxy Theater on Nov 21, 2013 at 12:03 am

HOORAY!!!!! It’s open!

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alps commented about 61st Street Drive-In on Nov 19, 2013 at 9:38 pm

Saw the biggest movies of the the 70’s there. Willard, Dr. Phibes, Shaft, Dirty Harry, The Godfather. Next to the funky river and refineries.

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alps commented about Ritz Center 16 on Oct 31, 2013 at 12:53 am

Carmike is putting money into the theatre. I like their stimulus tuesday idea, and their $5.50 shows in the afternoon. I don’t like is their ugly standup posters covering the portraits of the great filmmakers, that partrons never heard of.

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alps commented about Roxy Theater on Oct 20, 2013 at 7:55 pm

October 18, 2013. I went to the open house for the ROXY. I am looking forward to it’s reopening. Full handicap access. It’s smaller in seating and the brick wall lobby is lost due to the new digital projection. One 35mm projector is in the smaller theater. New seats, new bathrooms and consession stand.No more leaking ceilings and musty smells, and the movies will be better, with NYC Film Forum type programing, can’t wait!

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alps commented about Boyd Theatre on Oct 10, 2013 at 10:35 pm

Well see, the residents will never allow it. They kept the Ritz from opening on Walnut Street. Chestnut Street at night is full of drunken young people. The Boyd in it’s current state could never be a movie theater again, on the other hand, the building is standing in the way of progress and is becoming an eyesore. How much longer can they keep painting over the “tags”, or keep Homeless people from burning it down? I would hate to see the theater go, but Philadelphia is the most corrupt city outside of Gotham City, it’s politics that all Broadway roadshows are at the Academy of Music, the worse venue. My hope for the Boyd as a better Prince Music Theater, may not ever happen.

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alps commented about Multiplex proposed for Boyd on Oct 9, 2013 at 3:55 am

I seriously doubt that they would put a multiplex there, what kind of films will it play? The reason why there isn’t a general motion picture theater in the area is because of the element it would attract. Think the Riverview, the now shuttered UA 69th Street, and the former UA Cheltenham 8. I would love to see the Boyd/ Sam Eric reopen. There has been talk of new movie houses before, the most recent, on 18th & Arch. The Ritz, the Ritz couldn’t get a theater to open on Walnut Street. Speaking of the Ritz, there are 12 screens the soon to be reopened Roxy with two more a grand total of 14 screens showing art films. Thirty years ago, I and a friend of mine, went to see Scarface, and we escaped with our lives, in 1990 Christmas Day, someone pulled a gun at The Godfather Part III. The days of general film exhibition in Center City are gone. Film at the Prince was a great experiment, I am grateful for seeing Seven Samurai, Wages of Fear, and “Spanish” Dracula on that big screen. I did go to the Sam Eric in it’s last years, after December 2000, it was too much, the rotting decay, the awful men’s room, the overzealous security kept me out of there. Howard Haas, is passionate about this theater, thank God for him, it pains him as it does me to see this theater still shuttered after 11 years. If this plan goes through, that will be the end of any possibility of seeing a 70mm film or restored movie palace. One of the posters is right, the Academy of Music is not a venue for plays and musicals, the Boyd would be a great mixed venue theater.

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alps commented about Roxy Theater on Aug 11, 2013 at 6:31 pm

Will the ROXY be open in time for the Philadelphia Film Festival?

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alps commented about Forum Theatre on Aug 10, 2013 at 5:13 am

Maybe a good place for a Alamo Draft House could be the lot where the Forum once stood.

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alps commented about Roxy Theater on Jun 13, 2013 at 4:48 am

Looks like work has stopped for now, was supposed to open last May. This would have been a good venue for the silent Hitchcock 9 film retro. If I were working, I would give more money to get this open.

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alps commented about Boyd Theatre on May 21, 2013 at 3:50 am

May 25th is the 30th anniversary of Return of the Jedi at the Sameric 3. People stood on line all night. Management almost caused a riot when they announced the first showing would be on one of the smaller screens.They wised up and showed it on the main screen. Nothing compared to this theater filled to the brim. Later that year Scarface open causing another near riot.

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alps commented about Ritz 5 Theatres on Apr 15, 2013 at 6:26 pm

The Ritz has raised it’s admission, and consession prices, again, limiting discount shows to once a day on selected days.

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alps commented about Gothamist's 12 Best NYC Theaters on Mar 17, 2013 at 7:14 pm

I like the Film Forum for its selection and it does have the best popcorn without butter, I’ve ever eaten. To this day, I’m kicking myself for missing the Don Siegel retrospect they had there. Sunshine is not that small to me, I like it. New York ticket prices are out of hand,most these movies out are not worth $14.00 even worse an IMAX 3D upgrade. If I shell out $20.00 at Lincoln Sq., I better not see any blue texting lights. Also hate it when mental pygmies drape their disgusting feet over the seats in front of them. More and more the movie theaters are losing people such as I.Since I live in the Philadelphia area, instead of going to the Agelika, or Lincoln Plaza, I catch the film at Ritz or even better the Rave theaters near me.

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alps commented about Tuttleman IMAX Theater on Feb 19, 2013 at 1:36 am

How long will it be before this theatre goes digital?

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alps commented about Forum Theatre on Feb 18, 2013 at 4:00 am

Well the Forum has a date with the wreckers, soon it will wiped off the face of the earth.I wanted to buy the admission price sign, but it was gone. It was my landmark on the Septa train, I will miss it, even though it was 30 years since I had been in there.