July 15, 1990 |
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.
January 12, 1987 |
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.
August 8, 1991 |
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.
December 24, 2009 |
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...
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.
August 31, 1988 |
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.
July 15, 1993 |
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.
April 23, 2006 |
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.
October 29, 2000 |
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.
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).