Ritz East Theater

127 Sansom Street,
Philadelphia, PA 19106

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The Budco Olde City Twin opened on June 26, 1981. Theatre located on Sansom Street between Front and Second Streets. Olde City Twin closed on Dec. 13, 1998 as AMC, which had purchased the Budco chain, did not renew the lease. The Ritz Theatre group remodeled the theatre and it reopened as the Ritz East on May 21, 1999. The Ritz Theatre group also operate the Ritz Five and Rize at the Bourse in Philadelphia.

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bluecat158
bluecat158 on April 20, 2006 at 7:53 pm

Have many fond (and many not so fond) memories of working at the East in 2001. We didn’t get much foot traffic, being off on our on at the middle of the block, but we held our own. Ritz did a nice job remodeling, but didn’t replace the glass front doors. Looked at in the right light, the AMC logo was still visible. First show I saw there was “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” and worked there for about 9 months in 2002. Can remember every film I saw at each of the four theatres. I’ve since moved from the city and miss picking up my Filmbill every month!

More information about the Ritz Theatre chain (the three in Phila. and the one NJ location) can be found at http://www.ritzfilmbill.com

TheaterBuff1
TheaterBuff1 on March 17, 2007 at 9:03 pm

This and the two other Center City Philadelphia Ritz Theatres are being acquired by indy chain Landmark Theatres, but not the one in Voorhees, New Jersey. The full story can be read at the following Philadelphia Inquirer link:

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Michael R. Rambo Jr.
Michael R. Rambo Jr. on March 31, 2007 at 3:33 pm

As of 3/30/2007, the Ritz Theatres in Center City Philadelphia (Ritz 5, Ritz Bourse, and Ritz East) are now offically owned by Landmark Theatres

TheaterBuff1
TheaterBuff1 on April 1, 2007 at 8:22 pm

And more importantly, or at least I feel, is that it will be the FIRST — yes, you read that right, FIRST — time any movie theaters directly IN Philadelphia will have digital projection. Or at least this according to the Philadelphia Inquirer for Sat., March 31, 2007: View link

And let’s hope the Philadelphia Inquirer is telling it straight this time. For if it is true I compare this to the Berlin Wall finally coming down or something. Yet Landmark is saying — at least according to that article — that at least two of the Ritz Theatre auditoriums will get digital projection.

And if so, can democracy be very far behind?

HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on August 19, 2007 at 5:47 pm

The auditorium to the right is larger. Irvin Glazer’s hardback book “Philadelphia Theatres A-Z” states each auditorium had 450 seats each. That might have been then true for the auditorium to the right.

I began attending in April 1988, and my notes indicate 421 seats for the larger auditorium, the one on the right.

An article on 12-14-1998 stated that the AMC Old City 2 had closed, one year ahead of its lease term, but would reopen in the spring as
the Ritz East, and had a total of 750 seats.

In 2001, I estimated 300 seats for the Ritz East auditorium on the right, which was then stadium seated, and a 30 to 35 feet wide scope screen.

alps
alps on April 8, 2012 at 1:31 pm

The best of the Ritz Theaters in Philadelphia. I love the digital projection, the consessions. the location. The Ritz 5 needs to close down and remodel, it is the worse of there muliplexes. According to the recent issue of Film Comment, Landmark, their owner, had done very well profitwise.

HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on July 16, 2012 at 9:17 am

The Ritz Bourse reopened after being closed for a few weeks for installation of new air conditioning system.

alps
alps on September 9, 2012 at 10:58 pm

Sept 8th, Ritz East manager told the moviegoers at “Moonrise Kingdom”, that this was the last week for 35mm projection at their theaters. She said she regrets the change but their projectors were very old. Paul Thomas Anderson “The Master”, will be shown in 70mm in NYC. The Ritz 5 will show it here.

atb
atb on September 13, 2012 at 1:17 am

ALPS: Any idea what type of digital projection was installed? Hope it was 4K…

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