Ritz at the Bourse

400 Ranstead Street,
Philadelphia, PA 19106

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12-18-11 at entry, stairs & escalators down to the theaters

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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.

Contributed by Scott Weinberg, Howard B. Haas

Recent comments (view all 8 comments)

HowardBHaas on July 5, 2008 at 1:25 pm

This photo depicts going downstairs from outside, to the cinemas:

alps on December 30, 2010 at 3:44 pm

I love to attend this theater in the afternoons. Recently, since in the daytime there are no ticket takers, there has been a problem with homeless people sneeking into this theater.

alps on April 5, 2012 at 4:01 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 12:57 pm

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

ronnie21 on February 7, 2014 at 7:36 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 2:20 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 4:38 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?

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