Ritz Center 16
900 Haddonfield-Berlin Road,
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This theater opened as the Ritz 12 on September 22, 1996 as part of a shopping strip with a 1,200 space parking lot. Both theater and shopping stip were owned by the Ritz Theaters of Philadelphia, arthouse film exhibitors. The Ritz 12 cost 7-million dollars to construct. The huge 5,000 square feet lobby was designed to recall a European hotel lobby, and included a lounge, a cafe and a concession area. Concessions included espresso, cappuccino, cafe au lait, and pastries. The hall leading to the auditoriums was adorned with portraits of dozens of renowned film makers. The auditoriums seating capacitys ranged from 187 to 437 people, with the largest two auditoriums sporting very large 40 feet wide screens. All auditoriums were built with digital surround sound, luxury seats, and what was referred to in 1996 as ‘terraced seating’ and explained as a 16 foot drop from back to front (as compared to the four foot drop in most theaters) for excellent sight-lines.
Four auditoriums were added later and the theatre was renamed the Ritz 16.
Following Ritz founder Raymond Posel’s death in June 2005, the Ritz Theaters were sold. The Philadelphia theaters and the Ritz Theaters name were sold to Landmark Theatres. The Voorhees theatre was sold in April 2007 to National Amusements and run by their Showcase division as the Showcase at the Ritz Center. In December 2009, Rave Motion Picture Theatres took over operation and the theater was renamed the RC Ritz Center 16. In November, 2012, as Rave Motion Picture Theatres were selling all its theatres to other chains, Cinemark announced its acquisition of this theatre and the former Bridge in Philadelphia that National Amusements and then Rave Motion Picture Theatres had as their local theatres, but due to federal antitrust concerns, were not allowed to keep this theatre. On August 16, 2013, Carmike Cinemas took over this theatre. In the Philadelphia region, the name ‘Ritz’ has been the gold standard for upscale movie exhibition since the first Ritz opened in 1976 in Philadelphia and this theatre continues to have a fine reputation as a top-notch cinema.
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