Ritz Center 16

900 Haddonfield-Berlin Road,
Voorhees, NJ 08043

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Ritz 16 - 2003

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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.

Contributed by Howard B. Haas

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alps on December 20, 2013 at 7:04 pm

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!

HulkieD on December 27, 2013 at 10:18 pm

Went to the new Moorestown Mall theatre and then went here. My jaw dropped when I went into the lobby. Deluxe new carpeting, repaired lighting, fresh coats of paint. The place seemed far warmer and way more alive than I’ve seen it in a LONG time. And you’re right, management and employees are doing a great job. I don’t know what Carmike did as far as training, but they did something right. And I did not expect them to put the maintenance in that they needed.

If higher prices are the tradeoff for this theatre looking like a showpiece again, I’ll gladly pay it. Carmike is doing a wonderful job with this theatre. Even some of the chainwide touches – I’m liking that policy trailer more and more – are nice.

LeicaMan on March 5, 2014 at 12:39 pm

Here we go again… http://deadline.com/2014/03/could-carmikes-strong-q4-earnings-help-to-put-it-in-play/

The exhibition chain’s stock is up about 7.7% so far today, and hit a 52-week high of $32.60, as its stronger-than-expected Q4 earnings delighted investors — and revived speculation that it might soon be ripe for a takeover. Some analysts say that the stars will align if the leading theater ad sales company, National CineMedia, buys its rival Screenvision. That “could happen this year,” B. Riley’s Eric Wold says. And since Carmike owns about 19% of Screenvision, that “would also put Carmike in play to be acquired by one of the top three domestic exhibitors.” Benchmark Co’s Mike Hickey says that a deal would “create a +$300 million asset within Carmike” potentially enticing bidders to offer about $40 per share. Even without a deal, investors like Carmike’s report that its attendance per screen increased about 3% in Q4. That’s a contrast with AMC, Regal, and Cinemark which were down — one analyst attributed that to the holiday season launches of Sony’s PS4 and Microsoft’s XBox One gaming consoles. What accounted for the difference? Wold says that Carmike benefited from its small market theaters which operate “within somewhat competitor-free film zones.” Maxim Group’s John Tinker pointed to “the success of family-oriented films such as Frozen and The Hunger Games, which align well [with Carmike’s] concentration in suburban markets.” And Wedbush Securities’ Michael Pachter noted that the chain bought 52 screens from Cinemark and 147 from Muvico Theaters that “added three IMAX screens, two other premium format screens, and two Bogart’s Bar & Grill restaurants to Carmike’s portfolio.”

LeicaMan on March 3, 2016 at 7:29 pm

AMC has acquired Carmike. It seems likely that the government will have the combined AMC/Carmike sell off theaters to recieve regulatory approval. Given AMC’s current position in the South Jersey market, the Ritz 16 might end up with a new owner… again. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/amc-buys-carmike-theater-chain-872653

Scott Neff
Scott Neff on March 4, 2016 at 12:52 pm

These poor latchkey theatres that get shuffled back and forth during acquisitions…

rivest266 on June 26, 2016 at 2:25 pm

September 22nd, 1996 grand opening ad in photo section.

alps on June 26, 2016 at 5:20 pm

Here we go again, AMC has acquired this theater. The Carmike more than any other chain that ran this theater, has a good relationship with those that attend it. It’s pricing for the admission and concessions is what keeps this house well attended week after week, if AMC plans to curtail the good will that the hands on current Carmike management built with its guests, such as raising prices and offering nothing, they will fail.

Mikeoaklandpark on June 27, 2016 at 9:47 am

ALPS AMC purchased Carmike earlier this year. I didn’t know the merger was final. Glad Carmike there is good the one here in Asheville is the pits. I avoid it at all costs.

HowardBHaas on June 27, 2016 at 3:49 pm

So far as I can tell online, the AMC purchase of Carmike hasn’t completed yet https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carmike_Cinemas

LeicaMan on August 1, 2016 at 12:29 pm

Now that the Carmike holdouts got the price they wanted, the merger is on. To be completed by the end of 2016. http://www.wsj.com/articles/amc-carmike-agree-to-sweetened-takeover-deal-1469447541

One wonders when federal regulators will decide if AMC-Carmike need to sell the Ritz 16. The case for them to sell is even stronger than when DoJ forced Cinemark to unload the theater to Carmike because AMC-Carmike would possess a much larger share of the market.

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