Sam's Place One and Two

1836 Chestnut Street,
Philadelphia, PA 19103

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rivest266 on October 9, 2016 at 11:55 am

March 21st, 1980 grand opening ad as Sam’s Place also in photo section.

rivest266 on October 7, 2016 at 8:44 pm

December 22nd, 1967 grand opening ad as Cinema 19 also in the photo section. Great ad!

rivest266 on October 6, 2016 at 10:32 pm

November 11th, 1921 grand opening ad as Aldine in photo section. Many more Philadelphia ads to come.

HowardBHaas on May 23, 2016 at 12:30 pm

Robert Ford also commented as below about the manager here & his own jobs- Harry Roegner was the manager of Sam’s Place. He worked all day until finally getting relief from assistant mgrs from around the Eric chain. I was well versed in all positions. Usher, doorman, concessions, box office, name it. The next move was to the big one!! The SAMERIC Theatre!

HowardBHaas on May 23, 2016 at 12:23 pm

Robert Ford who later worked as an Assistant Manager at the Sameric (Boyd) posted the following at Friends of the Boyd Facebook page, after posting he had been hired for Eric’s Place & transferred to Eric Mark One-

In 1980 a new Eric theatre was constructed at the site of the old Aldine(?) theatre. Sam’s Place at the southeast corner of 19th and Chestnut street. A meeting was called for the staff of all of the Eric theaters. The “best” , lol, of these were picked and informed of a mandatory transfer to Sam’s Place. As an usher, now at the great new theatre, the standard green waist usher jacket was tossed aside for a brown sports coat. The black bow tie changed to a brown long tie. This was something really special here! Along the Chestnut and 19th street exterior were long, electrically retractable awnings for people in line during bad weather.

DavidZornig on November 26, 2015 at 4:31 pm

Thanks. I’ll add proper credit beneath it. Found it on the Vintage Philadelphia Facebook page, and credited the source there. I always search the comments first, and did not see any link for it.

HowardBHaas on November 26, 2015 at 4:26 pm

That 1928 photo is from the City of Philadelphia Archives!

DavidZornig on November 26, 2015 at 4:24 pm

1928 photo added courtesy of Mark Albrecht.

RSM3853 on August 10, 2015 at 3:27 am

The Pittsburgh Aldine was an old Loew’s theater which later was renamed the Nixon. It was Pittsburgh’s home for stage productions on tour from Broadway as well as a number of roadshow films. “The Sound of Music” played there for over 2 years.

TheALAN on September 27, 2014 at 2:18 pm

In 1953, Harry Sley, president of the Sley System, a parking lot operator, aquired the Aldine Theatre with plans to convert it into a parking garage. After neighborhood opposition, plans were changed and well known theater architect William Harold Lee, AIA (1884-1974) was hired to remodel the theater. It reopened as the Viking Theatre in 1954. (The Viking closed in 1963 and remained shuttered until 1967 when it reopened as the Cinema 19).

HowardBHaas on September 27, 2014 at 12:07 am

Alan, most of that info is already in my Introduction above but thanks for the 1963 closing date, which will be included above.

HowardBHaas on September 6, 2011 at 3:03 am

Great. Please keep on sharing!

Bruce Calvert
Bruce Calvert on September 6, 2011 at 2:45 am

I already had an Aldine program from this theater in Philadelphia, so I assumed that my 1925 program was from the same theater. I have corrected the webpage and posted the program on CT under the Pittsburgh Aldine.

HowardBHaas on September 3, 2011 at 11:37 pm

I found it: Pittsburgh, and have emailed that site to inform them of the error.

HowardBHaas on September 3, 2011 at 11:30 pm

Corrected link, yes, but that site is mistaken. 954 Liberty Ave isn’t the Aldine. Some other Aldine.

Bruce Calvert
Bruce Calvert on September 3, 2011 at 9:45 pm

No it’s not just you. Here is a corrected link to the March, 1925 theater program for the theater, now called the Loew’s Aldine.

HowardBHaas on September 3, 2011 at 9:19 pm

Is it just me or does Bruce’s link not work?

lonixcap on September 3, 2011 at 8:39 am

Saw many great mid-70’s movies during the 1 dollar admission days; double bill of West Side Story and The Missouri Breaks; Little Big Man and Hard Times; Chinatown and The Parallax View; Godfather Part II; Towering Inferno; all you had to do was wait a couple of weeks after first run and the same movie would turn up for a dollar at Cinema 19. That was the beginning of it’s downfall, I guess. One time while watching a double bill of Marathon Man and Black Sunday, somebody had a portable tv and was watching a World Series game. It wasn’t even the Phillies.

HowardBHaas on July 7, 2011 at 1:03 pm

Dec. 11, 1978 Box Office reported that the theater had closed.

Michael R. Rambo Jr.
Michael R. Rambo Jr. on July 7, 2011 at 12:52 pm

The Cinema 19 Theatre looks like it closed in early 1979, since the Feb 1980 picture shows the theatre as borded up with the “Sold” sign out in front. That pic was taken shortly before it reopened as “Sam’s Place Twin”.

Bruce Calvert
Bruce Calvert on April 29, 2011 at 12:26 am

Here’s the cover for a program from Feburary, 1922 at the Aldine Theatre, where they were showing Erich von Stroheim’s Foolish Wives (1922). You can read the entire program at The Silent Film Still Archive.

finkysteet on February 11, 2010 at 10:08 pm

Saw “The Accused” here (Sam’s Place then) while courting my wife-to-be, and I recall seeing “The Dirty Dozen” either here (Cinema 19) or down a few blocks at The Goldman.

Ross Care
Ross Care on February 7, 2010 at 6:01 pm

GREAT photo of “Student Prince” at the Viking. Wish I could have seen it (in CinemaScope!) on that screen.
As I’ve noted elsewhere I saw a re-issue of “Raintree County” at the Viking when I was at West Chester U. I remember it had a great wide screen and sound system.
Speaking of sound, I was also interested in the opening comment about the premiere Fantasound screening of “Fantasia” there.
What a history. It make the 1980 photo that much sadder…..

kencmcintyre on February 1, 2010 at 4:17 am

Here is a February 1980 photo from the Temple U library:

kencmcintyre on August 7, 2009 at 6:35 am

Here is a better view of the photo from the Jacob Stellman collection posted on 1/9/08: