Ritz 5 Theatres

214 Walnut Street,
Philadelphia, PA 19106

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

some recent news


atb on September 12, 2012 at 10:16 pm

Anyone know why some of the theaters were closed today during the day? Anything to do with “The Master” opening here next week? Installation of 4K?

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on July 21, 2010 at 6:40 pm

From Boxoffice to Ritz Theatre lovers.The Silver screen society started by Joe Tommassello, rents the RITZ 5 Cinemas on the first sunday of the month to play timeless classics. “THE MALTSE FALCON” and “ON THE BEACH”,Membership is $50.00 for one $85.00 for two. A single month admission is Ten dollars,Just a little more history for you guys.

alps on July 10, 2010 at 8:23 pm

I believe it is time for Landmark to put more money into this theater. The theater is 34 years old. Broken steats that don’t face the screen, projection could be better new digital should come, sight lines should be improved. We have better art cinemas than they do in New York.

kencmcintyre on September 18, 2009 at 6:37 pm

Here is another exterior photo. It seems like the name should be Ritz 5, which is how I searched for it initially.

kencmcintyre on December 20, 2008 at 3:13 pm

I saw Abel Gance’s “Napoleon” at the Ritz Three. I believe it had a new soundtrack by Carmine Coppola. Very long silent film, but interesting.

TheaterBuff1 on July 5, 2008 at 8:43 pm

I know that temperatures get warmer the farther south you go (that is, here in the northern hemisphere), but from the northeast portion of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Philadelphia’s Center City — where this theater is located — I didn’t realize the distance between Northeast Philadelphia and Center City Philadelphia is so great that when it’s cold winter up here it’s very summer like down there. But photos don’t lie, do they?

HowardBHaas on August 25, 2007 at 2:32 pm

The June 1999 Philadelphia Magazine rated the Ritz Five a “3.8” on a 1 to 5 scale, with comment “Screening rooms are small and tight, with thin walls, but this is still the best art-house choice downtown.” The highest possible rating was achieved in the Seating category, and a very high rating in the Cleanliness category.

TheaterBuff1 on August 20, 2007 at 8:15 pm

Ah yes, I’d know those three egg cartons in the sky anywhere! Very third world-ish. The Ritz 5 provides a saving grace to the landscape though.

HowardBHaas on August 20, 2007 at 1:13 pm

March 20, 2007 outside photo of Halle Barry arrival for Perfect Stranger:
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HowardBHaas on August 20, 2007 at 7:47 am

exterior photo showing the Ritz 5 and the Society Hill Towers which were designed by I.M. Pei

TheaterBuff1 on July 15, 2007 at 9:13 pm

At least it’s A theater in a city where there once were many. Meantime, has anyone noticed that Michael Moore’s SICKO, which should be being exhibited at EVERY Philadelphia theater right now, is being only shown at certain Philadelphia area theaters selectively? That’s pretty creepy if you ask me.

TheaterBuff1 on March 17, 2007 at 5:52 pm

This and the two other Center City Philadelphia Ritz Theatres are being acquired by indy chain Landmark Theatres. The full story can be read at the following Philadelphia Inquirer link:

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kencmcintyre on September 2, 2005 at 4:20 pm

The Ritz Three was the best place to see foreign films in the early 1980s. The TLA was more inclined to show Pink Flamingos and Plan Nine from Outer Space.

dennisczimmerman on July 13, 2005 at 4:51 pm

According to my notes, The Ritz 3 Theatre opened in 1976. Each theatre had 450 seats. The Ritz 2 and 3 Theatres closed on Sunday, May 19, 1985 to each be divided into two theatres. They reopened on July 3, 1985 as the Ritz 5 Theatres. Ritz 2 – 250 seats. Ritz 3 – 225 seats, Ritz 4 – 225 seats, and Ritz 5 200 seats.

RickB on July 12, 2005 at 6:28 pm

Opened around 1975 as the Ritz Three; two more screens were added later. The theater’s owner, Ramon Posel, died on June 23.