The Unexpected Challenge Of The Roxy’s Rebirth

 

Photo: Ed Hille, for The Inquirer

Photo: Ed Hille, for The Inquirer 

  • The Inquirer reviews the immense difficulties in the renovation and reopening of Sansom Street’s Roxy movie theater. The Philadelphia Film Society had hoped to begin operations in its new home last spring at a cost of $250,000 to $300,000, but contractors soon discovered that repair work over the years had been less than optimal; walls, roofs, and floors would have to be completely redone, not to mention the anticipated modernizing expenditures (digital projectors, new seating, acoustic paneling). After an additional eight months and three-times larger of budget, the Roxy opened on December 20 to sold out crowds.
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Stephen Currall recently received his BA in history from Arcadia University. Before beginning doctoral studies, he is pursuing his interest in local history, specifically just how Philadelphians engage their vibrant past. Besides skimming through 18th century letters, Steve is also interested in music and travel.

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