Another Gap on Chestnut Street?

I just heard, from a fairly reliable source (the front desk guy in my apartment building) that the folks who currently own the Boyd (aka the last surviving Center City movie palace) are turning the two smaller, modern theaters that were added onto the space in the 1980’s, into one very large Gap store. It is currently nothing more than a shell, but they are hard at work on the space right now, and the best guess is that the new store will be open in time for holiday shopping.

I hope this doesn’t mean that they’ve given up on renovating the theater, as that would be a great travesty. It is an amazingly beautiful space and deserves to be restored to its former grandeur. If you want to learn more about the history of the theater and the movement to save it, check out the Friends of the Boyd website.

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