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July 15, 1990 | By Donald D. Groff, Special to The Inquirer
I'll be going to London and would like to know about having afternoon tea at the Ritz. Are reservations required? M.R., Ridley Park Reservations for the celebrated afternoon tea at the Ritz are essential, especially during the summer tourist season (which goes through September), when you need to make them two weeks or more in advance if you hope to be seated. The Ritz offers two seatings daily, at 3:15 and 4:30 p.m., and the service includes cucumber, egg salad, salmon and pate sandwiches with a choice of India or China tea - all served from silver trays, of course.
NEWS
January 12, 1987 | By John Milward, Special to The Inquirer
In Japan, there is a popular electronic toy called a karouki that permits the amateur to sing along with prerecorded instrumental tracks of favorite tunes. Saturday night at the Ritz, a Manhattan nightclub, Bruce Willis offered a sold-out house the Hollywood equivalent of the karouki. Talk about moonlighting. On the strength of his success as the co-star of the hit TV series of that name, Willis has generated movie deals, a lucrative commercial gig hawking wine coolers and a recording contract with Motown.
NEWS
August 8, 1991 | By Robert DiGiacomo, Special to The Inquirer
The Ritz Theater's version of A Chorus Line is a production with a purpose: To start the theater company's fund-raising drive to buy its 64-year-old building. The tenant of the White Horse Pike landmark - Puttin' on the Ritz Inc. - wants to raise $200,000 to buy the 477-seat theater and install a fire sprinkler system to meet state code. A Chorus Line opened last Friday and is scheduled to close Sunday. Tickets range from $8 to $15. About $5 from each ticket will go toward the building fund, according to Bruce Curless, artistic director of Puttin' on the Ritz.
NEWS
December 24, 2009 | By Carrie Rickey INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
Two beloved area movie theaters have been adopted by a new corporate parent. The Bridge theater in West Philadelphia and the Showcase at the Ritz in Voorhees, along with 27 other multiplexes nationwide, were acquired Monday from National Amusements Inc. by Dallas-based Rave Motion Pictures for an undisclosed sum. The transaction stands to double the size of the Texas boutique chain, which, after the deal closes, will own or manage 65 theaters...
NEWS
February 1, 2013
YOU CAN SEE the 2013 Oscar-nominated live-action and animated short films at the Ritz at the Bourse starting Friday. The program for the animated films runs 88 minutes and features "Maggie Simpson in 'The Longest Daycare,' " in which the Simpson toddler longs to join the elite children at the Ayn Rand Daycare Center. Other titles include "Paperman" (USA) "The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore" (U.K.), "Fresh Guacamole," and "Adam the Dog," both from the U.S. A separate program for nominated live-action short films runs 113 minutes and features "Asad," a coming-of-age fable about a Somali boy, "Buzkashi Boys," set in Afghanistan and directed by Philadelphia-area native Sam French, "Curfew," from the U.S., "Henry," from Canada, and from Belgium/France, "Death of a Shadow.
NEWS
August 31, 1988 | By Lorraine Rocco, Special to The Inquirer
When the Charity Comedy Bowl '88 premiered at Oaklyn's Ritz Theatre Saturday evening, almost everyone in the house became a participant. Some theatergoers were called from the audience to judge the friendly competition in which three local charities vied in a series of quick-witted games. Other patrons vociferously offered suggestions to their favorite team and then hooted or howled as the suggestions were played out. During an improvisational skit, Puttin' on the Ritz Inc. managing director Bruce A. Curless was center-stage lusting after a honeydew melon.
NEWS
July 15, 1993 | by Francesca Chapman, Daily News Staff Writer
If, while nestled all snug in your bed, visions of sticky buns dance in your head, it's probably Steve K's fault. They're one of the many dishes the owner of the Ritz of Philadelphia touts - frantically, passionately, appetizingly - on late-night radio commercials. Insomniacs across the region might recognize K's voice from a frequently aired ad, in which he chides an announcer who notes, "It has come to our attention that the Ritz of Philadelphia has the finest sticky buns in the world.
NEWS
April 23, 2006 | By Gene D'Alessandro INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Lou DiCrescenzo spends most evenings cooped up in dim rooms, all by himself, amid a monotonous hum that sounds like sick cicadas. Engulfed by the unmistakable scent of hot buttered popcorn and that constant fluttering noise, DiCrescenzo works as a film projectionist - one of the few technicians who manually deliver movie magic to anxious theater audiences. "I'm an exhibitionist," the Langhorne resident said proudly, sitting in the gray, narrow projection room of the Ritz at the Bourse, a five-screen movie house in Philadelphia's Old City.
FOOD
October 29, 2000 | By Craig LaBan, INQUIRER RESTAURANT CRITIC
The heavy doors swing open and an honor guard of top hats and royal blue tails showers us with greetings: "Good evening! . . . Good evening! . . . Good evening! . . . Welcome to the Ritz-Carlton!" No pleasantries, though, can really prepare me for those first few steps into the rotunda. I get the sensation of soaring as I look up into the dome, where, 140 feet above, an oculus window hovers like a spyglass into the evening's fading light. The glow of polished white marble columns inside grows even more intense, illuminating the lushly upholstered furniture, the glittering crystal chandelier, the palms and chiseled classic busts that circle the city's most spectacular new space.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 28, 2012
Stars in Shorts Seven short films directed by Rupert Friend, Neil LaBute, Robert Festinger, and others, with performances from Judi Dench, Colin Firth, Keira Knightley, and more. (The Ritz at the Bourse).
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August 22, 2015 | By Rita Giordano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Emily DiPrimio was about 4 years old when her dad, Ron, cast her in one of the scary movies he makes in his spare time. She played a little girl who gets to tell a guy he's dead. "Ever since then, she had the bug," her father said. On Friday evening, the Vineland 15-year-old will really get to strut her stuff. Carver , a 1980s-style slasher flick that Emily directed and cowrote with her father, will premiere as the opening feature of the second annual Reel East Film Festival.
NEWS
May 21, 2015 | By Jacob Adelman, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER jadelman@phillynews.com 215-854-2615 @jacobadelman
New York-based Carey Watermark Investors plans a $21.3 million renovation of the Ritz-Carlton Philadelphia hotel after acquiring a majority interest in the property, the company said in a release. The renovation, to be done in a joint venture with previous full-owner Philadelphia Hospitality Partners, will cover the South Broad Street hotel's 299 guest rooms, lobby, ballroom and other spaces, Carey Watermark said. Work is due to be completed before the end of June 2016, the company said.
SPORTS
March 3, 2015 | By Evan Cross, Inquirer Staff Writer
Sam Ritz of Germantown Academy set a state record in the boys' one- mile run at the Pennsylvania Track & Field Coaches' Association indoor state championships Sunday at Penn State. Ritz won the race in 4 minutes, 9.56 seconds, breaking his own record of 4:10.50 that was set three weeks ago. He beat the previous meet record of 4:12.61, set by Unionville's Paul Springer in 2007, by more than three seconds. Cardinal O'Hara's Kevin James also broke the old meet record and placed second with a time of 4:12.57.
NEWS
June 23, 2014 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Movie Critic
They had the Hollywood premiere for Obvious Child a few weeks ago, and Gabe Liedman , who plays a stand-up comedian and best buds with Jenny Slate 's lead character in the hot-button indie, walked the red carpet with the stars. "It was cool," he says, on the phone from L.A. But for the 32-year-old comic and Brooklyn Nine-Nine writer, it's even cooler to know that the film opened Friday at the Ritz Five. Liedman grew up in Queen Village, just a few blocks south of the Center City art house.
NEWS
March 7, 2014 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
Bruce A. Curless recalls the Ritz Theatre Company's earliest days as "let's put on a show" time. "We were like Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland," says the affable impresario, who in 1985 inspired a volunteer group to begin transforming the former X-rated-movie house into a South Jersey cultural institution. After 180 main-stage productions, nearly 30 years of summer theater camps, and countless opportunities for local performers to tread the boards, the Ritz faces an unhappy plot twist.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 1, 2014 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Movie Critic
  Paulina García is on screen for just about every frame of Gloria , Chile's official Academy Awards entry for best foreign-language film. (It didn't make the final cut of five - a shame.) The actress inhabits the title role, bringing this fiftysomething woman alive in ways that are haunting and raw. As a divorced office worker, with a grown son and daughter busy with their own lives, García's Gloria frequents clubs, dancing to disco, drinking and smoking, occasionally meeting a man and spending the night with him. Back in her apartment, she eats and sleeps and shoos out a pesky hairless cat that belongs to a neighbor.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 28, 2013
Directed by Paul Andrew Williams. With Terence Stamp, Vanessa Redgrave, and Gemma Arterton. Distributed by the Weinstein Co. Running time: 1 hour, 33 mins. Parent's guide: PG-13 (sexual references and rude gestures) Playing at: Ritz Five
NEWS
February 1, 2013
YOU CAN SEE the 2013 Oscar-nominated live-action and animated short films at the Ritz at the Bourse starting Friday. The program for the animated films runs 88 minutes and features "Maggie Simpson in 'The Longest Daycare,' " in which the Simpson toddler longs to join the elite children at the Ayn Rand Daycare Center. Other titles include "Paperman" (USA) "The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore" (U.K.), "Fresh Guacamole," and "Adam the Dog," both from the U.S. A separate program for nominated live-action short films runs 113 minutes and features "Asad," a coming-of-age fable about a Somali boy, "Buzkashi Boys," set in Afghanistan and directed by Philadelphia-area native Sam French, "Curfew," from the U.S., "Henry," from Canada, and from Belgium/France, "Death of a Shadow.
FOOD
December 6, 2012 | By Michael Klein, Inquirer Columnist
Chef Eric Ripert is stepping away from his affiliation with the Ritz-Carlton Hotel and its 10 Arts restaurant after nearly five years. He said a project in New York affiliated with his famed Le Bernardin required too much of his time. Ripert did say he will maintain his apartment next door at the Residences at the Ritz-Carlton. Sous chef Nathan Volz, who manages 10 Arts' day-to-day operation, will continue to run the kitchen while Miguel Hernandez, the hotel's assistant food-and-beverage director, oversees the dining room.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 28, 2012
Stars in Shorts Seven short films directed by Rupert Friend, Neil LaBute, Robert Festinger, and others, with performances from Judi Dench, Colin Firth, Keira Knightley, and more. (The Ritz at the Bourse).
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