Bridge, Ritz in Voorhees acquired by Rave
From Carrie Rickey's "Flickgrrl"
It's official. The Bridge Theater on Penn's campus and the Showcase at the Ritz in Voorhees have been acquired by Dallas-based Rave Motion Pictures, a boutique chain with locations in seven of the top 10 strategic markets. According to its spokesman, Jeremy Devine, "It is our intention to maintain the art film programming" in Voorhees, such as it is. No name changes are imminent, although Devine said that Rave may want to rebrand with its name in the future.
My sources in Fort Worth tell me that they like Rave theaters (which are all under a decade old, as the chain was founded in 1999). Patrons particularly like the retractable armrests which can be pulled back for couples who want to cuddle - or left in place for strangers who don't want to rub elbows.
What amenities do you want in your moviegoing experience? Consider this an open thread to tell the folks at Rave what you'd like to see happen at these theaters. Me? I'd like The Bridge to upgrade its concession stand to include healthier choices.
Jennifer Love Hewitt and Jamie Kennedy: Locked up
From Michael Klein's "The Insider"
Upper Darby native Jamie Kennedy and Jennifer Love Hewitt were having dinner Wednesday at Jack's Firehouse in Fairmount with Kennedy's mother, Josie, brother, Robert, and his sister-in-law. The actress asked Firehouse owner Mick Houston about Eastern State Penitentiary across the street, and he came through with details about the landmark.
She was intrigued, so he called an ESP staffer.
Fran Dolan, the site manager, took them around for an after-hours tour.
Hewitt was intrigued about the rumors of Eastern State's being haunted, as she is on CBS's Ghost Whisperer and is very into the paranormal.