August 4, 2016 |
'Before people had home entertainment, the stand-alone theater was the living room of the community," said Philip Jablon. He set down a chest of drawers before stealing away for a moment to chat about his true passion, photography. Jablon is based in Thailand, touring Southeast Asia to capture images of deteriorating or demolished movie houses. On the rare day he's Stateside, he works as a mover (a job he has held since he was 19) for the cash that finances his project abroad. Twenty of his photos will be on display Wednesday through Aug. 25 at the Philadelphia Mausoleum of Contemporary Art, the first large-scale exhibit of his work in his hometown.
March 23, 2015 |
This has been a heartbreaking year for Philadelphia's historic cultural venues. Chestnut Street's Boyd Theater, the glittering survivor of Hollywood's golden age, is being hacked apart and turned into a development site. Developers have been granted permission by the Nutter administration to do the same to South Street's Royal Theater and Broad Street's Blue Horizon, as long as they retain the facades as two-dimensional tokens of their former glory. That makes it all the more amazing that one important member of this grand theater crew has managed to escape the wrecking ball: the Uptown Theater.
March 16, 2015 |
Demolition began Saturday on the historic Boyd Theater, with wrecking crews tearing down the part of the L-shaped building that lines Sansom Street. "The theater was a precious resource that can't really be replaced," said harpist and composer Saul Davis, who lives across Chestnut Street from the front of the theater. Davis, who led early fights to save the theater from demolition, said he retreated to his bedroom to avoid the upsetting sounds of the building being torn down.
April 5, 2014 |
Disappointed and vowing to pursue stronger historic preservation protections, advocates for the Boyd Theater said Thursday that they would drop all plans to appeal a March ruling allowing the demolition of the interior of Center City's only remaining movie palace. Preservationist Howard Haas said he and others feared their efforts would grind too slowly through the system while crews continued to dismantle the Boyd's cherished art-deco auditorium, leaving them battling, potentially, over the fate of "four walls" at 1910 Chestnut St. Demolition began just days after the Historical Commission gave its approval on March 14. In the settlement finalized Thursday, Haas' Friends of the Boyd joined with the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia in dropping court and administrative challenges against building owner Live Nation, developer Neal Rodin, and iPic Entertainment, the movie chain that plans to convert the site of the 1928 theater into a high-end multiplex.
March 19, 2014 |
PHILADELPHIA Fearful that demolition is already underway at the historic Boyd Theater, officials at the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia said they would seek a court order Tuesday to stop the owner from proceeding with plans leading to a new multiplex. Workmen were seen moving heavy machinery into the Boyd's ornate auditorium on Monday morning, leading preservationists to conclude that the theater's owner, Live Nation, had begun gutting Center City's last art deco movie palace, said Caroline E. Boyce, the alliance's director.
March 19, 2014 |
Workman were seen moving heavy machinery into the Boyd Theater's auditorium Monday morning, leading Philadelphia preservationists to conclude that its owner, Live Nation, has begun demolition of Center City's last art deco movie palace. The Preservation Alliance's advocacy director, Ben Leech, said he could clearly hear hammering sounds when he walked past the theater's Sansom Street exit doors. "I can't think of what else they'd be doing other than demolition," he said. He noted that a demolition permit was posted on the theater's Chestnut Street facade this weekend.
March 1, 2014 |
A Philadelphia Historical Commission panel granted preliminary approval Thursday to a Florida entertainment company to demolish the Boyd Theater's lavish art-deco interior, despite an anonymous donor's last-minute offer to save the city's only surviving relic of Hollywood's golden age. In reaching its decision, the Committee on Financial Hardship concluded that the large movie house could not be redeveloped at a reasonable cost, and that the purchase...
January 30, 2014 |
PHILADELPHIA The fate of the historic Boyd Theater, Center City's imperiled onetime movie palace, remained in limbo Tuesday after a Philadelphia Historical Commission panel postponed taking a position on whether to recommend its demolition for redevelopment. The committee on financial hardship, whose recommendation must be issued before a final decision is made, heard from supporters and detractors before promising to continue the proceedings before the full commission meets to vote on Feb. 14. The move ended four hours of testimony that began with a lengthy 9 a.m. presentation by Matthew McClure, lawyer for owner Live Nation and the cinema concern iPic-Gold Class Entertainment, arguing that demolition of a large portion of the theater was an economically feasible option where few others existed.
November 22, 2013 |
Watching a movie at an iPic theater, an executive for the Boca Raton, Fla., company assures, is a "stress-free" experience. Reclining seats. Blankets and pillows, too. A buzzer on your armrest to call the waitstaff. Sliders or flatbread sandwiches delivered to your seat. And, after a show, dinner or drinks in the lobby. "We want the lobby to feel like a five-star hotel rather than a theater," said Paul Safran, general counsel for iPic-Gold Class Entertainment. But the company's plan for one Center City movie house is becoming anything but stress-free.
February 26, 2012 |
The Academy Awards ceremony is, by nature, a rite of self-congratulation and self-love - the movie industry showers plaudits and prizes on itself for the work of the last year, but also for achievements of a lifetime. Venerable stars and filmmakers are honored for the length and breadth of their careers, vintage clips are spliced into thematic reels, the actors, screenwriters, shooters, costumers, composers, and directors who passed away in the preceding 12 months are remembered.