Still Saving the Boyd

On my way to meet at Grocery Cafe (they always have soups) for lunch today, I spotted activity across the street at the SamEric/Boyd. As you may know, Live Nation, the group that now owns the space, is considering either selling it or developing it. But nothing has been decided yet, leaving the area’s last great movie palace at risk.

All I could tell was that there were a few people standing around the side entrance doors to the theater, talking and briefly consulting some rolled up plans. They looked like they were waiting for a few more people to join them. The rear door of the theater was also open, so that you could look straight through to Sansom Street.

Friends of the Boyd is encouraging all Mayoral and City Council candidates to support the saving of the Boyd. They are also urging all Philadelphians to call or write City Hall in order to voice their support for the preservation of the theater. If you are interested in offering your support, you can reach the Mayor’s office at 215-686-1776. Alternately, you can send a faxed letter of support to 215-686-2180.

2 Comments so far

  1. Paul (unregistered) on March 30th, 2007 @ 8:14 am

    Do any Philadelphia theaters serve food (pizza) and beer/wine yet? This seems to be a viable option for creating second-run theaters in historic buildings in Portland, OR.
    I’m sure it depends on the state alcohol laws, and most likely wouldn’t work in PA?


  2. Marisa (unregistered) on March 30th, 2007 @ 8:52 am

    There’s no one doing anything what McMenamins has done in Portland. We don’t even have any second-run theaters in Philly. There are a couple in some of the close-in suburbs, but nothing within city limits. The other challenge around here is that we have some pretty strict liquor laws and liquor licenses are expensive and hard to come by.



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