Construction Finally Underway On 19th and Chestnut iPic Movie Theater

iPic Theaters_The Boyd, Philadelphia_Rendering

Goodbye, historic, falling apart Boyd Theater. Hello, iPic.

That’s right, construction has finally begun on the new iPic movie theater at 19th and Chestnut, where the Boyd Theater has been collecting dust (and rats) for more than a decade. The company has about a dozen locations across the country, from California to Florida.

iPic made the construction announcement on Friday and says that the eight-screen, 744-seat “luxury movie theater” is slated to open in 2015. I for one, can’t wait. We’ll let the film intelligentsia lament the passing of the Boyd.


Here’s what iPic promises:

• Plush, leather seats for premium seat ticketholders.
• Reclining, oversized leather chairs (seen here) for premium-plus ticketholders.
• Call buttons to summon servers, who will bring you food like lobster rolls and all sorts of cocktails and craft beers.
• 4K digital cinema technology in all of the screening rooms, which will hold between 40 and 120 people.
• Reserved seating via the iPic app.

Now I know where I’ll be seeing if Star Wars VII, which opens December 18, 2015, is as bad as I imagine it will be.

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  • scarlet

    this is an absolute disgrace and a sell out on the part of the preservation alliance. I am appalled and saddened by this historic loss and other historic losses around Philadelphia.

  • Michael Bencik

    The preservation alliance did not sell out, they lost. Money won, Philly lost. What is new. Developers always win in Philly. I for one don’t give a crap about 24 dollar seats.

  • Erin

    Does Philly Mag not have copy-editors?

    • People in glass houses….

      Copy editors. No hyphen.

  • Summer

    They did nothing with the theatre so why not use it ? The building is still historic,

    • Josh Lev

      I agree. It would have been great if someone had managed to refurbish it and preserve more of the original architecture. But that didn’t happen. Is it supposed to sit vacant, a target for vandals and deteriorating more every day, forever?

  • Lou belcastro

    Wait till the ghetto rats get in there and ruin it… Anybody that ever saw a movie in center city will get this…

  • Joe Blow

    Riverview West in 3…2…1…

  • GlassJawn

    So many of you are idiots. You complain that there aren’t more theaters in center city and now that there is going to be another you complain about the “dangerous minorities” that will lurk and kill you if you enter. Anonymous comment sections bring out the most spineless.

  • why do the seats have to be leather?

  • Debbie Thomas

    Hideous. I hate that they gutted the beautiful interior for this!