Friends of the Boyd has shared today’s Weekly Update:
We’ve added this 1956 slide to our website.
The slide shows the current Boyd marquee, which replaced the original in
1953. “Seven Wonders of the World” was the third “Cinerama” movie. As the
only regional theater equipped to show 3 strip Cinerama, the Boyd showcased
the movie FOR MORE THAN ONE YEAR, into 1957, as people traveled from as far
away as Harrisburg to see it.
This slide was purchased on EBAY from somebody in England. Thanks to Ken Roe
of London who arranged the transaction, Brian Gerstel who scanned the slide,
Shawn Evans AIA who adjusted the scan, and Rob Bender who placed it on our
Here is the slide’s mate, a close up of the Boyd:
The 1st slide also shows the nearby Viking Theatre which opened as the
Aldine in 1921, one of Philadelphia’s premiere movie palaces for silent
movies. Its later names included the Cinema 19 and Sam’s Place I and II
before becoming a CVS.
Many of you have expressed that the historic Boyd Theatre must have not have
a fate similar to the Aldine. The Boyd’s beautiful Art Deco interior needs
to be fully restored and reopened and once again accommodate film premieres
and other, mixed use events.
Howard B. Haas