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When HELLO, DOLLY! and TORA! TORA! TORA! played, I practically moved-in to The Randloph. I saw both those films, many times there. Loved this theater and its great screen and sound system. Jack’s comments, about so few people in the audience for HELLO, DOLLY!, don’t match-up to my recollection, at all. The 10 times I saw it there, were with very large houses. Also, it was the 5th highest-grossing film of the year. Of course, he worked there, so he would know better. TORA! I recall experiencing the dwindling audiences. I love that film.
I saw “White Christmas” and “The Music Man” at The Wishart. Many more.
I remember seeing “The World of Henry Orient”, “A Hard Day’s Night” and “Giant”, among other films, at The Belgrade.
I went to The Iris, many times. I would have said that it held more than 600 people. It wasn’t as large as The Kent or The Midway, but still, it has a balcony. Among others, I saw “The Cardinal” and “Gorgo” at The Iris.
I spent more hours of my childhood at The Kent, than anywhere else. The post above that mentions “Uncle Jack” and the “Lucky Buck” brought back wonderful memories. It did have a stadium-seating balcony, which started at the floor. You could walk up from inside the theater, or via a back staircase in the lobby, that took you to the top of the balcony, where you could walk down. A few row up was a large clock, that many kids wanted to sit behind. What a shame that it’s gone.
“The Exorcist” opened at The Stage Door Cinema, on Chirstmas Day. It was so successful, it eventually played both The Stage Door and The Milgrim, at the same time.
I loved The Fox Theater, and spent many hours there, over my lifetime in Philadelphia. The last film I saw there was “Suspriria”, in September of 1977.