Ritz 5 Theatres

214 Walnut Street,
Philadelphia, PA 19106

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The Ritz 5 Theatres shows a mix of American and foreign films, some with English subtitles.

With two auditoriums each having about 450 seats, and a third auditorium having 400 seats, it opened as the Ritz 3 Theatre on June 25, 1976. The Ritz 2 & 3 closed on May 19, 1985 to each be divided into two theatres. They reopened as the Ritz 5 Theatres. Ritz 1 retains its 450 seats, Ritz 2 has 250 seats, Ritz 3 has 225 seats, Ritz 4 has 225 seats and Ritz 5 has 200 seats.

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57thst
57thst on December 3, 2012 at 9:19 am

some recent news

http://planphilly.com/ritz-five-could-be-replaced-fancier-theater-more-screens-and-multiple-stories-apartments-top

alps
alps on April 15, 2013 at 10:26 am

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

alps
alps on December 4, 2013 at 8:10 pm

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.

TheALAN
TheALAN on April 23, 2014 at 8:13 am

In a comment, alps makes a reference to “… Budco like twinning in ‘85.” I would like to make it clear, before this comment is misconstrued, that Budco Theatres Inc. never owned or had an interest in this theater.

Mikeoaklandpark
Mikeoaklandpark on April 23, 2014 at 12:22 pm

Your right TheAlan Budco never owned this theater, they owned the Old City Twin which wasn’t far from the Ritz 5 which was taken over by the Ritz owner from AMC when AMC purchased the Budco chain.

alps
alps on April 27, 2014 at 6:39 pm

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.

alps
alps on August 17, 2016 at 6:55 pm

Last June the Ritz 5 celebrated its 40th anniversary. It’s aging but management is still doing a great job running it, I now assume that it will never be replaced by a more up to date cinema. In New York Landmarks Sunshine Cinema is being upgraded, why now here?

rivest266
rivest266 on October 8, 2016 at 2:50 pm

June 25th, 1976 grand opening ad in photo section.

alps
alps on December 4, 2016 at 12:55 pm

I know I am beating a dead horse but, the Rize Five really needs to be replaced. This theater is so outdated and uncomfortable I can’t stand going anymore unless the film is in the big theater. Yesterday I was forced to see ELLE there, the film was to play as a sister opening at Carmike Ritz 12 in Voorhees, for whatever reason, it didn’t open. I was looking forward to seeing this amazing piece of French Cinema, and it didn’t disappoint. Unfortunately, this did not play in the big house but in the worst theater that was there, and what happened to the disclaimer about talking during the film? To old ladies sat behind me and chatted away during the entire film, I shushed them once they stopped for a while and continued. I only attend this theater when I have to.

hdtv267
hdtv267 on December 5, 2016 at 1:56 am

Ah Alps. I gave up on this venue after having to show my ticket stub to an usher when I’d use the rest room, after when I left the theatre, clearly told him I was just going to take care of things.

That couple with the entitled millenials who took a photo of the screen, I’ve never been back to any of those venues.

Here’s hoping they tear it down and build an Alamo Drafthouse.

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