Ritz at the Bourse

400 Ranstead Street,
Philadelphia, PA 19106

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10-2-14 Auditorium A, the largest, 200 seats

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.

Contributed by Scott Weinberg, Howard B. Haas

Recent comments (view all 13 comments)

alps on April 5, 2012 at 2:01 pm

I don’t know about the times you were there, hdtv267, but I have gone a lot in the afternoon, I have seen on many occasions, homeless people hanging around in the street level lobby, with filhty detressed plastic bags. Homeless individuals, who use the men’s rooms, some leave and some go into the auditoriums. The last straw for me was, on two occasions', disturbed people made noise and muttering sounds all through two french films, I was trying to enjoy. Management gave me a pass, but that is not the point, this is the Ritz, not the old Budco Goldman Theater. I expect more from this chain, so would Ramon Possel, if he were alive. I only go to the Ritz 5, the crumbling original theater, when the film I want to see is not playing in Voorhees. This is a security issue, as well, I paid, they didn’t. There is a blind spot at the Bourse, where the cashier can not see, this is how they get in and this is why they need a ticket taker at all times. I have spoken to management about this, maybe hdtv, it have gotten better since you been there. I plan on seeing “Salt of Life” this weekend, I hope you’re right.

HowardBHaas on May 7, 2013 at 10:57 am

U Penn alumni magazine article about seeing a film here http://www.upenn.edu/gazette/0513/elsewhere.html

ronnie21 on February 7, 2014 at 5:36 pm

Seen the movie “Wonderland” about the john holmes murders in October of 2003. Nice theater.. even had users and lobby cards.

TheALAN on April 23, 2014 at 12:20 pm

Inside — this theater sparkles! Outside — blah, blah, blah! Just five single sided movie posters. NO marquee, NO chase lights, NO signage. Just RITZ etched in the glass. Even the box office is unmarked. This theater deserves better!

TheALAN on April 23, 2014 at 2:38 pm

Does anyone know who the architect was for the Ritz at the Bourse? And, since the Ritz has five screens, how many moviegoers does each auditorium seat?

rivest266 on October 8, 2016 at 3:35 pm

September 19,1990 grand opening ad in the photo section.

alps on December 16, 2016 at 5:39 pm

As with the Ritz Five, Landmark refuses to put money to update this theater as well. I have encountered too many broken seats as of late. A security issue remains from time to time mentally ill homeless people would find their way in the theater. Still better than the Ritz Five.

Mikeoaklandpark on December 17, 2016 at 10:24 am

Rivest266 I would like to say thank you so much for finding all these wonderful opening ads for all these theaters that you do. :)

HowardBHaas on June 22, 2017 at 7:03 am

The Philadelphia Inquirer has an insert today with Philly.com Readers' Choices 2017 winners. For movie theaters- this theater- the Ritz at the Bourse.

randytheicon on July 3, 2017 at 7:37 pm

Ritz at the Bourse is the current Philly home of “Rocky Horror,” with an amazing cast performing one Friday each month.

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