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Old Posted May 19, 2019, 4:29 PM
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That giant sphere in Comcast’s new tower? Watch a futuristic Spielberg short film there, free. | Philly.com
Why is it there? Comcast officials wouldn’t say for months. But they revealed it last week.

The Universal Sphere is a cross between virtual reality and a planetarium, the creation of Comcast CEO Brian Roberts and Spielberg himself. Inside the spherical theater, Comcast shows a six- to seven-minute film about the power of ideas. It’s a futuristic and immersive experience. It’s free, but only about 25 people can watch at one time. Comcast has a web site to get a ticket at a set time.

https://www.theuniversalsphere.com/#/home
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^I went into the Sphere for the 'Power of Ideas' film/experience. Solid corporate propaganda as expected. There are about 5-6 rows of elevated seats--a mini-movie theater basically, the rows can rotate and go up/down. The screen was planetarium style (dome shaped) with projector. It will be good for Comcast to show off for business/tech purposes, but not really a must-see for regular folks.
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^It is also only open Monday through Friday from 10 to 5 (with a show every 15 minutes). Opened officially yesterday morning. Tickets are not required, but it's the way to ensure a seat. Same day reservations only.
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Random picture I took a while back of Arch Street Presbyterian Church while exiting the CTC.
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I LOVE this building. It's really grown on me, especially now that it has all of the tape removed and that the lighting is pretty much finalized. I see this thing from my job at CBP and love how it clearly declares dominance over the skyline. I'm sure that in a few years we'll all have some sort of love-hate relationship with it.
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I'm sure that in a few years we'll all have some sort of love-hate relationship with it.
I already do. I love it from E/W, I hate it from N/S. Just like it's older brother.
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I love it from E/W, I hate it from N/S.
This view needs to be expressed more often.
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"I hate it from N/S." ...where it looks like a pack of smokes.
There are so, so many bad and cheap details I can't ever look at it without seeing is as some quick knock-off.
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Many new photos here at the bottom:
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Four Seasons hotel at Philly’s new Comcast tower to open in August. It’s not for the frugal traveler. | Inquirer.com

The Four Seasons Philadelphia at the top of the new Comcast Corp. tower, the tallest building in the city, is scheduled to open Aug. 12.

Thousands of Comcast employees have reported to work for months at the new $1.5 billion tower at 18th and Arch Streets. But the top floors with the 219-room luxury hotel have remained a construction site and its opening date was highly anticipated by those who wanted to dine on the tower’s 60th floor.

Book a room now, but prepare for sticker shock.

Four Seasons rooms listed on the hotel’s web site range from $625 for a “premier cityscape room” for two adults (with a king bed or two double beds) to $1,700 for a “skyline corner suite.”

There’s also the “presidential suite” with two corner views with soaring views of Philadelphia, a king bed and 2,137 square feet of space — or the size of a suburban home. But you have to call for the rate.

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^ Wow. I do see cheaper rooms, so maybe that is just opening week, but they are still in the $500s in October. Rittenhouse Hotel is similar pricing. These are probably the two most expensive hotels in the city and the Ritz and Bellevue, etc... are somewhat cheaper.
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^ Wow. I do see cheaper rooms, so maybe that is just opening week, but they are still in the $500s in October. Rittenhouse Hotel is similar pricing. These are probably the two most expensive hotels in the city and the Ritz and Bellevue, etc... are somewhat cheaper.
I did a few random searches just for fun for November/December and cheapest I saw was $675. I even looked on a weekend night (Dec. 7) which is obviously more for leisure travelers and....$675. Someone told me that they aren't going to fluctuate the prices too much to try and get people in the doors - if you want to stay here...this is the price, period.
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