Boyd Theatre

30 W. Broad Street,
Bethlehem, PA 18018

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Rstewart on August 26, 2015 at 5:40 pm

Today’s Express-Times says that Moravian has backed away from the sale. Bethlehem hopes that it will proceed with the other investor, but he says he is only interested if Moravian is in the deal.

HenrySchmidt on December 14, 2014 at 6:46 am

Yesterday’s Morning Call (12/13/14—ha!) reported sale of the Boyd to Moravian College, which plans to restore the Boyd for its theater program. This is good news! As a former production house, the Boyd has an ample stage house, dressing rooms, orchestra pit (to be uncovered?), etc. One drawback is the tiny lobby, which is scarcely a lobby at all, but rather an extension of the entrance foyer (corridor). We’ll see how extensively they plan to restore the interior features, which have been covered by curtains for years, probably due to deterioration from leakage. I think that there are box seats behind the curtains. Also, at present the AC machinery occupies a substantial area on stage! This will have to be moved, of course. Let’s hope that the College does it right and returns this venerable old treasure to its former state of restrained dignity (it’s not an elaborately fancy “movie palace” by any means).

HenrySchmidt on December 5, 2014 at 6:00 am

If Moravian bought it, that would be the best outcome, IMO. It would be great to see this fine old theater restored for stage productions.

Rstewart on December 5, 2014 at 5:07 am

Sale cancelled, so there is hope for the Boyd.

Rstewart on December 4, 2014 at 6:05 pm

Sheriff’s sale scheduled for tomorrow, see

markp on September 23, 2014 at 10:30 am

Looks like another one bites the dust.

HowardBHaas on September 23, 2014 at 8:58 am

The update is that the theater is posted for Sheriff’s sales as taxes not paid to the School District.

Dave Harding
Dave Harding on September 23, 2014 at 7:58 am

linked here below is an update on Boyd Theatre

Dave Harding
Dave Harding on December 19, 2013 at 1:54 pm

I really hope the Boyd will open up again. Such a beautiful theatre.

Matthew_Folger on December 3, 2013 at 7:25 pm

Seems less and less likely that this theater that I fell in love with so many years ago will ever come back. Pretty much the only theater closing I’ve ever been genuinely saddened by.

HenrySchmidt on July 15, 2011 at 8:14 am

Here’s the real scoop:,0,6091518.story .[copy and paste into your browser.] Note the incorrect name “Hurtz” in story should be “Kurtz.” BTW, that is not the original façade or marquee in the photo.

richmurphy on July 15, 2011 at 2:23 am

Unfortunately, the third-hand report turned out not to be true. A notice on the Boyd’s web site (link under “Related Websites” above) currently announces the closing of the theatre through the end of the year. The tone of the notice gives mixed messages — while proclaiming “the show must go on,” it also announces concentrating on the retail and office space in the building. And as for its continued life as a movie theater: “…in the period since the theatre closed, Heydt has been approached by several community members and business people about adapting the theater to a performing arts venue or other use. We will certainly entertain any of those options, while keeping focused on the task at hand.”

wisdoug on June 20, 2011 at 12:31 pm

Third-hand or not, I hope this is true! Thanks for the hope Rich!

richmurphy on June 15, 2011 at 4:52 pm

This is third-hand information, but I just spoke to a friend who spoke to a friend who spoke to one of the family members that owns the theatre, and supposedly the Boyd plans to re-open mid-July with the final Harry Potter installment.

richmurphy on June 14, 2011 at 12:32 pm

I visited Bethlehem the past two weekends and stayed at the Hyatt Place immediately behind the theatre. There was a hand-written “closed for renovations” sign scotch-taped in the Boyd box office, but no sign of workers at any time during my visit. There were giant bags of popcorn visible in the lobby. I do hope that those renovations will happen and the theatre will reopen.

Oh, and to respond to a prior post, the GCC theatre that used to be in Springfield Mall in Virginia told me that “Gattaca” was “sold out” when I went to see the last show of the evening during the last week of its run. It was a weeknight and the place was a ghost town.

HenrySchmidt on May 27, 2011 at 12:31 pm

Restoration would be great, as this old theater has much remaining original detail, a lot of it covered by side curtains, and an orchestra pit which has been covered. It also has dressing rooms and a fairly large stage house. It would be a terrific asset to the Bethlehem community, which needs a real production house and not more casinos and SteelStax nonsense. End of rant.

wisdoug on May 27, 2011 at 10:44 am

As per their website, “The Boyd Theatre is currently closed for repairs and restoration.” There is no further information. I hope this isn’t a bad sign for the Boyd.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on May 1, 2011 at 4:33 pm

I have no problem with the courtsey passes.I know I have handed out a few for various reasons. I am Just glad to know I wasn’t alone in what I did.Thanks Russell.Above it stated Larger Chains do this,maybe so today.I am not in the business anymore and most of us know the moviegoer today is treated much different than say 1974,when I jumped in.Thanks Russell,and Henry 41,I learned that it is the norm in the business today to ask moviegoers to leave!

HenrySchmidt on April 25, 2011 at 6:34 pm

The Boyd Theater is not part of a theater chain. It is locally owned, by a single family. I wouldn’t describe the offer of passes as a “bribe.” Far from it. I completely sympathize with the owners, who are trying to keep this venerable theater going in tough times. More power to them. As a matter of fact, the four passes we were given was not an attempt to get us to leave, but were tendered after we saw the movie, as we were leaving, and were intended as a courtesy because we had sat through the movie in an unheated theater on a miserable cold rainy night. I just want to set the record straight on this, as the discussion seems to have drifted a bit off topic in this regard. I’m sorry that my faulty memory has led to some inconsistency on my part in relating the experience I had at the Boyd, and I apologize to the readers of this forum for any confusion I may have caused.

RussellSmeak on April 25, 2011 at 3:25 pm

Gotta agree with Mike on this one. At General Cinema, at least down here in the South (Georgia), we’d never think it was okay to “bribe” a customer with passes, just so they’d go away. To me, it would give the customer the impression that our overhead was more important than them seeing the movie. Chuck, you mentioned that this would happen at the “larger theatres”, but Mike and I are talking theatres that would seat 350-400…now, that’s large enough. Don’t get me wrong, from a business standpoint, I understand the rationale, but we’re just saying that it wouldn’t have happened in our division..or region even. But……we are talking about General Cinema, who is NOT the power-broker they used to be!

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on April 20, 2011 at 3:00 pm

Times change, At GCC usually when I closed on the WEEKDAYS iT was just the projectionist and Me .And i was on Salary.It was never told to me to ever do such a thing,nor did it enter my mind.Oh sure.there were times when I wished the movie goer had stayed home,but isn’t that the reason WE were There for Escape into the make believe world.Maybe the customer had a tough day at work. It just never entered my mind,Maybe Tisloews will spot this we came up at the same time.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on April 2, 2011 at 12:38 pm

I would have been Fired had I ever thought of doing that,this had to be a mom and pop operation.I know Plitt or GCC wouldn’t have done such a thing. Heck, i have played movies for one person at a 9:30 showing on a Wednesday night on the Seventh week of a opening.Never would have entered my head to do that.

HenrySchmidt on March 21, 2011 at 10:46 am

Correction: my wife reminds me that we DID stay for the movie, which was Wallace and Gromit’s “Chicken Run.” So we did not get a refund, as I mistakenly stated, but we did receive the four passes. We were offered the option of a refund if we chose to leave, which we didn’t, but now that I think back on it I’m sure the staff (such as it was—-I’m guessing 2-3 incl. projectionist) would have enjoyed being able to go home on that miserable night instead of having to hang around the theater for just two patrons.

HenrySchmidt on March 20, 2011 at 5:16 pm

One night a few years ago my wife and I went to the Boyd for an early evening showing (forget the movie now). The weather was miserable, cold and rainy, and we were the only patrons who showed up! They hadn’t even turned the heat on, which tells you what their budget constraints were. While we were seated, but before the scheduled start time, a staff person approached us and asked whether we would accept four free passes for future use if they didn’t show the movie that night. We accepted, got a cash refund for the cost of our two tickets, and left feeling very badly for the whole sorry state of affairs. It was truly a depressing experience. We held on to those four passes for two years until they expired; not one movie came to the Boyd that we cared to see in that whole time.
At one time, the Lehigh Valley Chamber Orchestra expressed an interest in using the Boyd stage for concerts. The problem was that the air conditioning system occupied a good bit of the stage space, leaving inadequate room for any kind of production! Also, the orchestra pit has been covered/filled in, so live shows (Broadway musicals, operettas, etc.) could not be staged even if the AC were relocated. The Boyd does have dressing rooms and a fly loft, but I’m sure everything would need to be restored and re-equipped before anything besides movies could happen there. My personal opinion is that this elderly, faded beauty is just barely hanging on, and when the present owners are gone, the house will go too—-but I hope I am wrong. Milliion$$ for sports arenas and stadiums, but the arts get the shaft. Drat!

kencmcintyre on August 16, 2009 at 10:36 pm

Here are photos from 1983 and 1986, respectively. I saw the 1983 film at the Goldman in Piladelphia.