Is there anything Rollerball can’t do?

Since it has more to do with city government policy and the leadership role of the mayor, I posted an item about the continuing saga of the historic (and endangered) Boyd Theater over on the It’s Our City blog – a place where we are continuing the civic discussion started by The Next Mayor project.

The mayor has stepped in with his support for preservation of the Boyd, urging the Historical Commission to consider the recently-nominated theater for designation as an historic landmark, thereby saving it from possible demolition.

Using his trademark dry wit, Nutter recalled with fondness his own memories of the Boyd (or Sameric as it was probably known by then):

For so many of us Philadelphians, the Boyd is an entertainment venue that holds many fond memories.  In fact, the Boyd is the place where I first saw that great film Rollerball.

Feel free to discuss the policy implications of the Historical Commissions actions or the refreshing willingness of a mayor to actually stand in the way of development that threatens an historic building.  What I’m most hoping, however, is that this post can be a thread for the culture merits of “that great film Rollerball.

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