Whether you’re planning a special night out or just wandering around Old City, a stop at one of Landmark Theatres’ Ritz theaters is essential for a great cinema atmosphere.
These three Ritz theaters offer the best in independent, foreign and documentary film. One of the things people love about the Ritz theaters is their cultured vibe. They tend to be less crowded than many other Philadelphia movie theaters, and those in attendance are usually the quiet, intellectual types.
Their art-house identities come complete with small art exhibits in the lobbies, projected art playing before films and a classy-yet-kitschy reel of instructions that plays prior to each showing—complete with rules, such as For your safety, don’t put your belongings on the floor, and other typical theater etiquette pieces.
Of course, the Ritz’s biggest draw is their presentation of hard-to-find films. They are definitely the places to see films nominated for awards that perhaps didn’t make it into the large chain theaters.
With a combined 12 screens and a constantly rotating selection, they are sure to have something that appeals to everyone. Sometimes, they will extend a film if it continues to draw a crowd. This personal approach allows the theaters to keep their finger on the pulse of the Philadelphia film scene, and it adds to the vintage feel.
The Ritz theaters are conveniently located in the heart of Old City, surrounded by restaurants, shopping and historic sites. Their movies are a perfect compliment to a scenic post-film walk through Penn’s Landing to discuss what you just saw.
Tickets to the Ritz theaters’ shows are generally around $9 for night shows and $6 to $8 for morning/afternoon shows. Their student discount tickets, which are available any time except Saturdays and holidays, are only $6.75. They also offer discount parking for the garage at the Ritz East. You can also order advance tickets online. Call 215.925.7900 for shows and times.
Here’s a breakdown of the individual theaters:
The Ritz East (125 S. 2nd St.) has two screens and a well-stocked snack bar, offering organic teas and pastries, along with the usual theater fare.
The Ritz at the Bourse (400 Ranstead St., in The Bourse building) location has five screens and a well-stocked, classic concession stand. Its underground theaters add some flair.
All three theaters often provide free advance screenings and midnight showings. You can usually find these posted at the theaters, or sign up for their free newsletter (also at the theaters) to get the inside scoop.
From the bustling, historic district in which they’re nestled to the artistic atmosphere inside, the Ritz theaters are a cache of gems in the Philadelphia cinema sphere. See what’s playing now in a theater near you.
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