PFS East

127 Sansom Street,
Philadelphia, PA 19106

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Related Websites

Philadelphia Film Society (Official)

Additional Info

Previously operated by: AMC Cinemas, Budco, Landmark Theatres (USA)

Functions: Movies (First Run)

Previous Names: Budco Olde City Twin, Ritz East Theatre

Nearby Theaters

Ritz East Theater

The Budco Olde City Twin opened on June 26, 1981. Theatre located on Sansom Street between Front Street and Second Street. Olde City Twin closed on Dec. 13, 1998 as AMC, which had purchased the Budco chain, did not renew the lease. The Ritz Theatre group remodeled the theatre and it reopened as the 800-seat Ritz East Theatre on May 21, 1999. The Ritz Theatre group also operate the Ritz Five and Ritz at the Bourse in Philadelphia. The Ritz East Theatre was closed on October 10, 2021.

The Philadelphia Film Society reopened the theatre as the PFS East in October 2022 programing critically-acclaimed first run movies.

Contributed by Dennis C Zimmerman

Recent comments (view all 20 comments)

alps
alps on December 17, 2016 at 1:43 am

The best theater of the Philadelphia Landmark theaters, the staff are great and some of them remember you. The screens and the sound are top notch and on occasion, the manager will greet you before the film starts. I go out of my way to attend a film there *****

Cinedelphia
Cinedelphia on April 21, 2017 at 5:10 pm

Am I crazy or confused…but is the screen larger in the smaller auditorium #2 ?

HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on February 8, 2022 at 10:15 pm

After reopening Sept 10, 2021 from the March 2020 Covid shutdown, the Ritz East closed again October 10, 2021, its fate uncertain!

Do
Do on February 26, 2022 at 4:27 pm

It’s no longer listed on the Landmark site. Only the Ritz Five is listed.

Do
Do on April 7, 2022 at 11:24 pm

Also,the phone # is no longer in service. What a shame,this was nicest of the Ritz theaters.

br91975
br91975 on April 8, 2022 at 5:01 am

Perhaps the Philadelphia Film Society will take over the lease.

Do
Do on August 28, 2022 at 9:54 pm

This really was imo the best of the Ritz’s. Stadium seating,the theater on the right as you entered, was perfect . Was never in the theater to the left when it was Ritz East.

Do
Do on October 4, 2022 at 11:53 pm

According to the PFS Philadelphia Film Festival 2022 website, PFS has acquired the former Ritz East.

Do
Do on July 27, 2023 at 9:29 pm

Has anyone been recently? Does anyone know how they assigned theater numbers here? . Is the theater to the right as you walk in,the theater with raised,tiered,semi stadium seating theater 1 or 2? Thank you.

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