Wednesday, November 25, 2015

New Restore-the-Roxy Kickstarter is raising big bucks

The Roxy Theater, closed since the fall, is getting a facelift. And its new tenants, the Philadelphia Film Society, have launched a Kickstarter campaign to help pay for it.

New Restore-the-Roxy Kickstarter is raising big bucks


Imagine this: crystal clear digital projection, wraparound sound, plush seating, and a program of new  and repertory film fare to die for. That’s what Andrew Greenblatt and his cohorts at the Philadelphia Film Society have been imagining since they signed a deal to take over the two-screen Roxy Theater last fall.

And while the planned opening of the Sansom Street/Rittenhouse Square area venue is still months away, with lots of restoration and new equipment to be installed, things are looking good: Since March 1, when the PFS launched its “Restore the Roxy” Kickstarter  drive), more than $15,000 has been pledged. The goal is to reach $40,000 by month’s end.  That should be enough for new seats for both houses. And only another $600,000 is needed for other major Roxy projects, so get cracking!

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Steven Rea has been an Inquirer movie critic since 1992. He was born in London, raised in New York City, and has lived in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Iowa City, Iowa. His column, "On Movies," appears Sundays in Arts & Entertainment, his reviews appear in the Weekend section on Fridays. He is a member of the National Society of Film Critics.

Read his most recent columns and reviews, here. He is the author of the book “Hollywood Rides a Bike,” and also curates the movie stars and bicycling photo blog, Rides A Bike.

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