Boyd Theatre

30 W. Broad Street,
Bethlehem, PA 18018

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HenrySchmidt
HenrySchmidt on January 21, 2016 at 12:21 am

It’s Charles Jefferson, not Johnson. Sounds like a guy who gets things done; let’s hope his “thing” is preservation/restoration! Great if movies return, but the important thing is keeping it as a theater!

HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on January 20, 2016 at 7:21 pm

sold to developer Charles C Johnson, no promise it will be a theater again-

http://www.mcall.com/news/local/bethlehem/mc-bethlehem-boyd-owner-jefferson-20160118-story.html

HenrySchmidt
HenrySchmidt on January 8, 2016 at 9:49 pm

Very big news indeed! This is the only movie theater remaining in downtown Bethlehem. Allentown lost its last one when the Colonial was demolished (still has Symphony Hall a/k/a Lyric of old), and Easton has the State. Under all the later trappings in the Boyd there is a real vintage house that will be a treasure again if the restoration is properly handled. Let’s hope so!

desalp
desalp on January 8, 2016 at 5:07 pm

WOW! The morning papers are reporting Joyce Hecht has sold the Boyd (with 4 stores, office space and a basement used as a club) to an undisclosed limited partnership for $1.35 million. Heydt is said to be “thrilled” with the new developer. The realtor that handled the deal says showing movies has not been ruled out but described plans for an “arts center.” Moravian College, which made an attempt to purchase the property earlier, has already said they look forward to talking with the new owners. WOW! The realtor says the new owner “has the funds to do everything he needs to do.” and “I think it’s going to be pretty spectacular.” WOW! I’m keeping my fingers crossed, but WOW!

Rstewart
Rstewart on August 27, 2015 at 1:40 am

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
HenrySchmidt on December 14, 2014 at 2:46 pm

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
HenrySchmidt on December 5, 2014 at 2:00 pm

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
Rstewart on December 5, 2014 at 1:07 pm

Sale cancelled, so there is hope for the Boyd.

http://www.lehighvalleylive.com/bethlehem/index.ssf/2014/12/bethlehems_boyd_theatre_in_act.html

Rstewart
Rstewart on December 5, 2014 at 2:05 am

Sheriff’s sale scheduled for tomorrow, see http://www.lehighvalleylive.com/bethlehem/index.ssf/2014/12/bethlehems_boyd_theatre_still.html#incart_river

markp
markp on September 23, 2014 at 6:30 pm

Looks like another one bites the dust.

HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on September 23, 2014 at 4:58 pm

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 3:58 pm

linked here below is an update on Boyd Theatre

lehighvalleylive.com/bethlehem/index.ssf/2014/09/bethlehems_boyd_theatre_posted.html

Dave Harding
Dave Harding on December 19, 2013 at 9:54 pm

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

Matthew_Folger
Matthew_Folger on December 4, 2013 at 3:25 am

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
HenrySchmidt on July 15, 2011 at 4:14 pm

Here’s the real scoop: http://www.mcall.com/news/local/bethlehem/mc-bethlehem-boyd-theater-20110714,0,6091518.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
richmurphy on July 15, 2011 at 10:23 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
wisdoug on June 20, 2011 at 8:31 pm

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

richmurphy
richmurphy on June 16, 2011 at 12:52 am

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
richmurphy on June 14, 2011 at 8:32 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
HenrySchmidt on May 27, 2011 at 8:31 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
wisdoug on May 27, 2011 at 6:44 pm

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 2, 2011 at 12:33 am

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
HenrySchmidt on April 26, 2011 at 2:34 am

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
RussellSmeak on April 25, 2011 at 11:25 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 11:00 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.