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Philadelphia, PA: Philadelphia Film Society Moves from Roxy Theatre to Bourse Theater

Posted on Monday, April 26, 2021 and updated on Tuesday, June 15, 2021 3:55 PM


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The Philadelphia Film Society in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is closing the PFS Roxy Theatre and taking over the former Landmark Ritz at the Bourse, which closed in January 2020.

The Philadelphia Inquirer published an article recently that covered the switch to what is now going to be called the PFS Bourse Theater:

When the Ritz at the Bourse concluded its 30-year arthouse run in January 2020, regulars and staffers gathered on closing night to commemorate the end of an era. But hold on — turns out there’s going to be a sequel.

The Philadelphia Film Society has negotiated a new lease with property owner MRP Realty, spent roughly $750,000 to renovate the five-screen site, and plans to reopen the facility sometime in May as the PFS Bourse, with the same kind of specialty fare that screened at the Ritz at the Bourse and perhaps more mainstream content mixed in.

PFS will staff the Bourse with workers from the Roxy, which was shuttered by the pandemic and will not reopen as a PFS facility. It plans to keep the PFS Drive-In at the Navy Yard operating indefinitely.

Film Society CEO and executive director Andrew Greenblatt said PFS has installed new digital projectors (a new 4K laser projector in the biggest, 200-seat auditorium and 2K versions in the four smaller rooms, seating 130 to 160 patrons apiece) and new sound systems (Dolby 7.1 across the board). They also made some interior renovations, including new carpet, concessions area, and escalators.

“My hope is for a mix of the traditional Bourse-type titles — American independents, foreign films, features documentaries — mixed with some studio fare, the prestige studio fare, the type of stuff that goes up for awards contention, that’s a little more artistically heightened,” he said.

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The Bourse Theater is less than two miles away from the Roxy Theatre, so moviegoers won't have too far to go. The PFS also operates the Philadelphia Film Center on Chestnut Street and the PFS Drive-In at the Navy Yard.

To see what's playing and when, please visit the Showtimes page for the PFS Bourse Theater.



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