Thursday, November 09, 2006

Coming Events

Philadelphians will probably have to wait years to see the restoration of the Boyd Theater on Chestnut Street now that Live Nation has put down its hammers. So, in the meantime, they can keep their spirits up by visiting a theater that was successfully brought back to life. Friends of the Boyd is organizing a Dec. 2 field trip to Hershey's refurbished, Golden Age movie palace, which was designed in 1933 in a Venetian style. The bus trip, which includes a tour and lunch, costs $75. See details here.

The Woodmere Art Museum has inaugurated an interesting series of "dialogues" on decorative arts. Next up, on Nov. 15, historian George Thomas discusses 12 important Philadelphia landmarks. He'll be followed on Nov. 29 by Susan Glassman, director of the remarkable, but little known, Wagner Free Institute of Science. She'll talk about the need to preserve entire neighborhoods, not just buildings. The series culminates Dec. 4, when Frank Furness biographer Michael J. Lewis gives a talk with this intriguing title: From Furness to the Fountainhead: Ego and Architecture in Philadelphia.

The last bit of news is actually a past event. Thanks to the huge success of Nathaniel Kahn's film, My Architect, in America and Europe, the documentary just had its official release in Estonia, where architect Louis I. Kahn was born. The Estonians went all out for the September premier, staging a series of events it called "Kahn Days." As part of the festivities, Kahn's daughter, Alex Tyng - a painter and daughter of architect Anne Tyng - unveiled a portrait that will be hung in the Kuressaare Library on the Island of Saaremaa, Kahn's childhood home. Here's Alex (left) with the mayor, Urve Tiidus, and said portrait.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't you mean the Boyd Theatre on _Chestnut_ St., not Broad St.?

9:53 PM  
Anonymous Patrick D.Hazard said...

The Estonian celebration of "our"Louie is Nostalgia at its finest! Who painted him, and can we see an unimpeded view?

1:22 AM  
Anonymous gary said...

It's the last remaining movie palace of the city [that has not had its interior dramatically changed]. One would think Sony/Loews or similar would see the potential of having a premier downtown presence. But with film product so fickle, perhaps its only chance is as a live venue. But for what, primarily?

4:43 PM  
Anonymous Howard B Haas said...

Loews was known as Sony for awhile, but was spunoff and is now owned by AMC, as in AMC Loews Cherry Hill.

Built for 2450 seats in its historic auditorium, the Boyd is too big for a daily moviehouse in the age of TV and DVDs, suburbs and multiplexes.

Touring Broadway musical shows and concerts will be the main fare, once a larger stagehouse is built. Friends of the Boyd will present classic films and film festivals. Hollywood studios will use the Boyd for movie premieres.

More information at

4:04 PM  
Blogger nucmedgi said...

Regarding Estonian celebration. The painter is Alexandra Tyng. Check out her web site, then go to recent news section. There is a photo of the portrait of Lou

10:01 PM  

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