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August 6, 1989 | Inquirer photographs by Vicki Valerio
The Caped Crusader is a hit in the movie theaters - and on the streets of the city. All around town, people are spreading their wings and showing the spirit in clothing and accessories.
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May 30, 1986 | New York Daily News
The good news, as seen by the Attorney General's Commission on Pornography, is that the nation's 700 porno movie theaters could be "virtually non-existent" in four years, according to one expert. The bad news is that an increasing number of viewers will be watching films like "On Golden Blonde,", "The Wizard of Ahs" and "The Cotton Tail Club" at home on videocassettes. The porn commission, in its final report due to be released in July but obtained by the New York Daily News, interviewed John Weston, counsel for the Adult Film Association of America, who complained that "adults only" pornographic theaters are too expensive to operate.
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March 27, 1996 | By Matthew Dolan, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
It is finally time to roll the credits on the movie theater multiplex debate. By unanimous vote, the Township Council last night adopted an ordinance to remove theaters as a permitted-use anywhere in Medford. Before the ordinance change, movie theaters were allowed as a conditional-use in the township's commercial zone along Route 70. The ordinance first came up before council last fall but failed to win passage by the end of the year. As a result, it had to undergo review once again by the Planning Board, which was done earlier this week.
NEWS
April 16, 1986
Movie pests? How about the movie theaters themselves? Those Eric and Budco closets masquerading as theaters, the crummy prints, the abysmal sound, the comatose ushers, the filthy floors. No wonder there's noise. The owners don't care. Why should the patrons? Yes, I have tried complaining. The manager began yelling and accusing me of trying to rip him off. If just a few more patrons raised a ruckus, perhaps the management would begin taking steps to handle all the problems movie theaters face, including movie pests and poor-quality screenings.
NEWS
March 19, 2001 | By Gina Busler
I live in the center of Center City - 20 blocks west of Old City, 20 blocks east of University City. It's the NOMOTH (No Movie Theaters) district. Yes, I've heard of the Roxy. It's the neighborhood's equivalent of comfort food. The films shown there make you want to go back for more, fill you up, and you give thanks for what you've just received. Yes, I've heard of the Tuttleman at the Franklin Institute. Awesome films - educational, memorable journeys to places and concepts we all should visit and ponder more often.
NEWS
July 14, 1990 | By Ralph Cipriano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jack H. Greenberg, 98, a pioneering film distributor and former manager and owner of 15 movie theaters in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, died Wednesday of cancer at his home in Center City. Mr. Greenberg's theaters included the Harbor Theater in Stone Harbor, N.J., one of the region's most luxurious theaters when it was built in the early 1950s, and the Avalon Theater, which was destroyed by a hurricane about eight years ago. At his advanced age, Mr. Greenberg amazed his friends with his undimmed brilliance.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 25, 2012 | By David Patrick Stearns, Inquirer Music Critic
Somewhere between Berlin and four Philadelphia-area movie theaters, a grand night of singing was nearly hijacked by a hyperactive camera crew. So if you're prone to motion sickness, take your Dramamine before 3 Superstars in Berlin when it's beamed out to 300 American theaters Thursday and next Wednesday. Not since the heyday of the Three Tenors has there been such a charismatic trio - Anna Netrebko, Erwin Schrott, and Jonas Kaufmann - or one so svelte and stylishly dressed, with unquestionable artistic credibility.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 6, 2015 | By Howard Gensler
IF YOU SAW a headline that read, " Gavin Rossdale 's Gay Lover Reveals Secret Phone Call That Sparked The Divorce - Gwen Stefani Heartbroken," you might think the couple's nearly 13-year marriage ended because the Bush frontman was cheating on the No Doubt frontwoman with a dude. That might be a stretch. The radaronline.com story indicates that the "gay lover" Rossdale reached out to was cross-dressing pop singer Marilyn (a/k/a Peter Robinson), to vent about his marital problems.
NEWS
February 5, 1987 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Benner on Castor Avenue. The Merben, the Mayfair and the Holme (later the Pennypack) on Frankford Avenue. The Northeastern and the Liberty on Torresdale Avenue, and the famous Circle with its imported Spanish tiles and huge overhead canopy of twinkling night stars in Frankford. The Lawndale and the Oxford on Rising Sun Avenue. The Forum, the Roosevelt, the Frankford, the Regal. And now, the Crest and the Philmont. What do all of these movie theaters have in common?
NEWS
September 13, 2004 | By Nathan Gorenstein INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
After six years and two fruitless attempts to build a theater and retail project next to Temple University, a third effort is now in the works, this time by a local, rather than national, developer. It is a more modest proposal than the previous concepts, which may be why this latest one actually gets built. The $50 million development by Bart Blatstein, whose Tower Investments put movie theaters in Manayunk and on the Delaware River's waterfront, calls for six movie theaters, 60,000 feet of retail, and housing for 800 Temple students.
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December 1, 2015
ISSUE | REFUGEES Closed borders: Irony . . . How ironic that your letter writer ("Borders: Closed," Thursday) is so afraid that those nasty refugees - "undesirables," as he calls them - will be "shooting up our schools," "mowing us down" in movie theaters, and "murdering us . . . in our churches. " It's not those nasty refugees who have done that; it's our own, homegrown, 100 percent American citizens in our own, gun-saturated country. We kill as many people with guns every two days as those terrorists killed in Paris - usually one or two or six at a time, but also sometimes by the dozen in our schools, our movie theaters, and, yes, in our churches.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 6, 2015 | By Howard Gensler
IF YOU SAW a headline that read, " Gavin Rossdale 's Gay Lover Reveals Secret Phone Call That Sparked The Divorce - Gwen Stefani Heartbroken," you might think the couple's nearly 13-year marriage ended because the Bush frontman was cheating on the No Doubt frontwoman with a dude. That might be a stretch. The radaronline.com story indicates that the "gay lover" Rossdale reached out to was cross-dressing pop singer Marilyn (a/k/a Peter Robinson), to vent about his marital problems.
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June 20, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
AN EAST Germantown woman probably won't be sleeping tight any time soon, to hear her tell it. Sabrina Hammond, who lives on Nedro Avenue near 19th Street, filed a civil suit Monday in Common Pleas Court, claiming she was "aggressively attacked and bitten" by bedbugs at a Wissahickon movie theater last September. In the suit, Hammond says the bugs bit her on the buttocks and legs while she was watching a movie at the United Artists Theater on Main Street near Ridge Avenue. The bites caused a "severe shock to the nerves and nervous system" that has prevented her from completing her "daily duties," leaving her with "great financial damage and loss," according to the complaint filed in the case.
NEWS
April 1, 2014 | By Amelia Brust, Inquirer Staff Writer
Marple Township police are searching for the armed man who allegedly robbed the AMC Marple 10 movie theater Saturday night and was shot at by a security guard as he fled. The guard fired four 9mm rounds at the getaway car after the alleged robber pointed a gun at him, police said. The robbery occurred around 11 p.m. at the Delaware County theater on State Road when a man wearing a black hoodie, baseball cap, red shirt, white sneakers, winter gloves and dark sunglasses entered the theater.
NEWS
February 18, 2014 | By Maria Panaritis, Inquirer Staff Writer
The leaky roof, dilapidated screening rooms, and vermin were bad enough. Then came a litany of surprises that nearly quadrupled the price of its risky renovation bid. But Center City's Little Movie Theater That Could - the Roxy, a two-screen celluloid cave whose closure in 2012 darkened the last screens in what once was the heart of Philadelphia's movie district - is back in business with the do-over of a lifetime. A funky little venue best known as a onetime home to midnight screenings of The Rocky Horror Picture Show , the once-forsaken Roxy is showing motion pictures again at its double-storefront home at 2021-23 Sansom St. The Roxy's second act has not come cheaply or easily, despite its diminutive footprint.
NEWS
December 25, 2013
Naming opportunity Kudos to Karen Heller for reminding us how excessive the holiday season has become ("'Tis the lengthy season of our sordid excess," Dec. 18). The only thing she didn't consider was renaming the season to reflect its promotion of conspicuous consumption. It should be called Giftma$ instead of Christmas. Just think how crazy the marketing moguls could go with that. Michael Miller Jr., Philadelphia, michamille@comcast.net A better you for '14 As people ponder resolutions for 2014, may I suggest that we all resolve to have a passion for whatever we undertake in our lives - and to carry out our responsibilities with gusto and enthusiasm?
NEWS
January 7, 2013 | By Dan Elliott, Associated Press
CENTENNIAL, Colo. - The suspect in the Colorado movie theater killings returns to court this week for a hearing that might be the closest thing to a trial the victims and their families will get to see. James Holmes, a former neuroscience graduate student, is charged with killing 12 people and injuring 70 by opening fire in a darkened theater in the Denver suburb of Aurora last July. At a weeklong preliminary hearing starting Monday, prosecutors will outline their case against Holmes, the first official public disclosure of their evidence.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 10, 2012 | By David Patrick Stearns, Inquirer Music Critic
Opinions can be confoundingly divided between those who hear Metropolitan Opera performances at Lincoln Center and audiences at the high-def movie-theater simulcasts. Obviously, cameras rightly favor the singers over the sometimes questionable productions around them. But in the case of The Tempest , which will be beamed to six area movie theaters Saturday, the division may well be a question of urban tastes vs. others'. Or how many fools you're willing to suffer. The opera in question, which premiered in London in 2004, was created by Thomas Adès, who has been compared in stature to the great Benjamin Britten, often deservedly so. That's a lot of artistic equity, particularly in New York, where foreign composers can still be favored over domestic ones.
NEWS
July 12, 2012 | By Bill Reed, Inquirer Staff Writer
For Doylestown's County Theater, like most of the 5,700 movie theaters around the country, it's a black-or-white, open-and-shut proposition. It can stick with 35 mm projectors, a technology that has barely changed in 75 years, and ultimately be phased out of business. Or it can take the leap into the digital age, embracing the biggest advance since "talkies. " "The primary issue isn't improved quality," theater executive director John David Toner said last week. "If we don't have the digital equipment, we won't be able to show the films we have in the past.
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