Ritz at the Bourse
400 Ranstead Street,
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One of three Ritz Theaters located in Center City Philadelphia (along with the Ritz East and the Ritz Five). Located adjacent to the food court/shopping mall known as The Bourse, it’s a fine theater that focuses mainly on foreign and independent films.
The Ritz at the Bourse opened September 19,1990, with 1,000 seats, five screens and the films “Metropolitan” on two screens, “White Hunter, Black Heart”, “Jesus of Montreal” and “La Traviata”, Franco Zeffirelli’s 1982 adoptation of the Verdi opera. The theatre was built beneath the 450 car garage of the new Omni Hotel. With chrome railings, Art Deco style sconces, and other streamlined appointments it was called ‘Cunard Modern’ by Ritz Theatre owner Ray Posel. After Posel’s passing, in 2007 his family sold the Center City Philadelphia theatres, including the Ritz at the Bourse, to Landmark Theatres. In 2016, Fire Department occupancy signs are in auditoriums allowing up to 133 in auditorium B (or 2 as staff describes auditoriums by letters, whereas internet purchases specify numbers), 150 in C (or 3), 163 in D (or 4) and 146 in E (or 5). No sign is evident in auditorium A (or 1) which has about 200 seats.
Landmark Theatres, under which has its own new ownership since December 2018, is departing at the end of January 2020, with January 26 to be the last day of films. The closing movies were:“A Hidden Life” in aud 1, “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” in aud 2, “Honey Boy” in aud 3, “The Lighthouse” and “Pain and Glory” in aud 4 and “The Irishman” and “What She Said:The Art of Pauline Keal” in aud 5.
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