AMC Neshaminy 24 Theatres

660 Neshaminy Mall,
Bensalem, PA 19020

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Michael R. Rambo Jr.
Michael R. Rambo Jr. on July 18, 2008 at 4:18 am

It will be Auditorium #1 that will be converted to Digital IMAX at the soon to be renamed AMC Neshaminy 24 with IMAX Theatre.

Also, “The Dark Knight” midnight showing opens on 10 screens, short of the 16 that “Star Wars Episode III” opened on back in May 2005.

Eddiej1984
Eddiej1984 on July 3, 2008 at 1:46 am

I’m hearing Kung Fu Panda will be the first movie shown in IMAX when it is converted.

Michael R. Rambo Jr.
Michael R. Rambo Jr. on April 23, 2008 at 2:05 am

Right now, it’s either gonna be Aud #1 or Aud #24 that will get the Digital IMAX installed. Not sure yet which one of the 2 will get it. Both Audutoriums currently seats 617

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on December 8, 2007 at 3:15 am

One of 100 theaters to show films in IMAX 3D come summer 2008 as part of deal between AMC and Imax.

TheaterBuff1
TheaterBuff1 on August 30, 2007 at 5:48 am

Ooops! Freudian slip there! I meant to say Jim Rankin! So far as I know, Howard B. Haas is still alive and well meantime. Again my apologies!

TheaterBuff1
TheaterBuff1 on August 30, 2007 at 5:44 am

Great points, Vince! And ultimately it does come down to the customer being the ultimate judge. The hell with that supply side economics business. Which ultimately had been just a big load of crap anyhow. And if Howard B. Haas was still around today I think he’d be first in line to agree with us, God rest his soul!

veyoung52
veyoung52 on August 29, 2007 at 11:38 am

Sure, ante up for admission and transportation costs, and assure unlimited access to each auditorium running both flat and scope. Would be even better if you could provide the SMPTE test reel for a.r.’s for absolutely exact measurements, though I could get by with a simple “aspect ratio finder.” Wouldn’t need a sound pressure level meter, though. These ears haven’t begun to fail yet. OTOH, I’ve already “reviewed” most of the sites on these pages where I’ve visited although not in any official capacity, simply as a paying audience member who resents being hoodwinked by an ignorant theatre management and bamboozled by even more ignorant city magazine reviewers who apparently have too much tofu in their ears and eyes.

HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on August 28, 2007 at 4:04 pm

Vince, I would look forward to reading your own movie theater reviews on these pages! We shouldn’t expect local magazines to be as expert as you are!

veyoung52
veyoung52 on August 28, 2007 at 2:05 pm

Why is it that nobody wants to cut to the heart of the matter when it comes to evaluating theatres? Aspect ratio? Screen illumination? Sound level and balance? These are the items that the recently departed Oscar-awarded John Pytlak wrote endlessly about from his Kodak offices and embodied in his motto “film done right."
Anybody can have digital surround sound A-chain equipment. I do in my living room…doesn’t necessarily make my living room an excellent theatre.
Why not point out the number of auditoria with common-width screen masking. I, for one, will demand of management that if it and its architects decide to willy-nilly chop off 10 to 15% of the screen image, that they also chop off 10 to 15% of the admission price…and the concession prices. Else, they will have 0% of my $upport.

TheaterBuff1
TheaterBuff1 on August 28, 2007 at 8:23 am

How would you evaluate them right now, Eddie, since you seem to be well familiar with both? Also, it would be great if you could add to this evaluation UA Grant Plaza Cinema 9 and Franklin Mills 14, if you’re well up on those, too. For I see no good reason why Philadelphia Magazine should have the ultimate say on this.

Eddiej1984
Eddiej1984 on August 27, 2007 at 6:37 pm

Yea, a new evalution of the theatres would be interesting to see.

HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on August 27, 2007 at 12:15 pm

Eddie, in regard to these two theaters, you may be correct. This one continues to be very well patronized, much better per seat than the Orleans. I’ve not heard of any other in the Philly area with a 590 seat auditorium and 61 feet wide screen, and this one has two such auditoriums!

However, the magazine’s evaluation of many other theaters (and I posted most) seems to have been on point. Of course, it may be time for a new evaluation by the magazine especially since some theaters like the Bridge and UA King of Prussia weren’t then open, others have changed hands, etc.

ScottWeinberg
ScottWeinberg on August 27, 2007 at 12:14 pm

I live pretty much right in between the Orleans and the Neshaminy, and there’s absolutely no comparison. One is among the very best in modern multiplexes and the other is a sad old shell of its former self. I grew up LOVING the Orleans — but I haven’t been back there in at least two years. That part of NE Philly could really use a good theater. I’d love to see AMC use do a big-time upgrade on that spot.

TheaterBuff1
TheaterBuff1 on August 27, 2007 at 7:55 am

So you’re saying, Eddie, that the 1999 Philadelphia Magazine was too kind and should’ve rated them much lower. I fully agree with you with regard to the AMC Orleans 8, while at the same time I’ve never been to the Neshaminy 24 so I can’t judge on that. Meantime, what things would you suggest these theaters should do to merit at least a 3 rating, which you feel Philadelphia Magazine went too far in giving them?

Eddiej1984
Eddiej1984 on August 27, 2007 at 7:32 am

So basically philadelphia magazinbe rated neshaming and orleans a 3 in 1999? All that says to me, is that the writers didnt know crap in 1999.

HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on August 25, 2007 at 10:39 pm

June 1999 Philadelphia Magazine rated the AMC Neshaminy 24 a “3” on a 1 to 5 scale with comment “One of county’s busiest, and the wear and tear shows.” Highest possible rating was achieved in the Seating category, and very high rating for Screen & Sound. The “Service” rating was lower than any other in the Philadelphia area.

Eddiej1984
Eddiej1984 on August 24, 2007 at 8:50 pm

Those pictures are definatl-y before I worked there (I started in 2003)
Interesting thing about the piccure of the neshaminy mall sign, Hardshell Cafe would be replaced by mannie brown’s, deck the walls is currently closed, strawbridges is now macy’s, then again if I listed all the changes (Closings, reloactions, openings, renamings) to neshaminy mall since 2003, it would be pretty long.
But as for the lobby picture, well by the time I got there, the crack on the floor would be changed to black (and still is), and the extra’s condiment stand is off to the side..

HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on August 21, 2007 at 12:08 am

That above site also has a photo of the lobby with concessions stand.

HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on August 21, 2007 at 12:07 am

more exterior photos & description here:
View link

KJB2012
KJB2012 on August 20, 2007 at 9:16 pm

You are correct, I should have included the Ziefeld. And also the Silver Theatre AFI in Silver Springs Maryland.
Alas I’ve never been in either the Uptown DC or the Senator in Balitmore both both good great.

HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on August 19, 2007 at 10:23 pm

You are trying to provoke Philadelphians by stating NYC is the best? Why not suggest the Ziegfeld, which you have included among your Favorites on this website? Instead, you’ve got a theater with tiny screens, Lincoln Plaza Cinemas, which I went to once and will never return to.

The Avalon and Uptown in D.C. and the Baltimore Senator also are among the best East Coast treasures.

If we are going to talk multiplexes, this one- Neshaminy, is one of the most profitable in the nation. I added today the AMC Plymouth Meeting Mall 12, which is also an exceptional Philadelphia area
movie theater. In Philadelphia, the Bridge is a great movie theater and featured in the book Cinema Treasures.

KJB2012
KJB2012 on August 19, 2007 at 7:52 pm

Boy, the folks in PA have a lot of passion for their cinemas. Since it’s been a long while since I’ve been in cinema in PA, I nevertheless wanted to say that I think the best cinemas on the east coast (okay I haven’t been in everyone) are Empire 25, Lincoln Plaza Cinemas and Loew’s Lincoln Square 12 all in New York.

HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on August 19, 2007 at 2:03 pm

Feb 28, 1998 Philadelphia Inquirer stated that AMC Neshaminy Mall in Bensalem would open in 6 months with 4900 love seats. The theater cost $11 million to construct. Auditoriums would range from 100 seats with a 30 feet wide screen to 590 seats with a 61 feet wide screen. The theater will compete with nearby Franklin Mills and Oxford Valley Mall movie theaters.