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Best. Theater. Ever.
This theater has two excellent auditoriums, but it seems to attract a pretty rowdy crowd — regardless of what movie you’re seeing.
Someone should add the Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar to the database of this fine website. ‘Tis a supremely excellent venue.
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.
Good luck to the Alamo. The best theater in the country combined with the resurrection of an old movie palace? Perfect.
I liked it better when it was the stand-alone theater right next to the mall. Either way, it’s a passable ‘plex, although I gotta wonder if AMC needs this one and the Woodhaven, especially when they’re so darn close to each other.
I’ve been to this theater numerous times while visiting the SXSW Film Festival, and I think it’s what (my) heaven looks like.
One of the best movie theaters in all of Philadelphia. I don’t get down that way very often, but I’m a big fan of The Bridge.
Used to see tons of movies here when I was a kid (my grandmother lived three blocks away), but I can’t remember the last time I set foot in the place. I think it was one of the Police Academy movies.
Sorry to hear it’s being shut down, though. For people in this immediate area, there aren’t many moviegoing options (especially considering that the UA Grant sucks eggs).
I loved the old Premiere (2-screener) so much as a kid; I refused to let my parents take us anywhere else. Superman ‘78, The Empire Strikes Back, The Goonies, Aliens… Ah, memories.
Of course I was saddened when I heard that the 2-plex was being bulked into a mega-plex — but the Neshaminy 24 has turned out to be one of the best in the country. I’ve got no beef with Woodhaven or Franklin Mills, but the Neshaminy is easily the cream of the Northeast area.
Prior to its closing, I’d seen hundreds of movies at the GCC Northeast 4. (I even worked there for a while when I was in high school!) The place had an “old school” feel, but only when compared to the newer theaters in the area. One thing that always bugged me was that the place used to have these fantastic mega-high ceilings, all of which were covered up by regular (LOW) paneled ceilings some time in the ‘80s.
Although it was certainly no sort of ‘movie palace’ — I still have a lot of fond memories of this theater. My cousin and I could see 2 or 3 movies on one Saturday, and we did that an awful lot. I still live VERY close to the shopping center, and I’ve noticed a lot of recent work at the site. The building was gutted by fire and then again by (de-)construction workers; as of this moment the only thing that seems to remain from the original theater are the four walls, most of which have all-new rectangular spots where a bunch of windows will go. Just a few days ago I said to my sister “looks like they’re gonna put a medical building here.” Looks like I was close…
I saw Bachelor Party there, as well as Clue, Ferris Bueller, F13th Pt.6, The Witches of Eastwick … and way too many others to recall.