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First off, I really have a soft spot for this theater given how many good memories I have from the times I’ve seen movies at the theater over the years. Plus, it was my late father’s favorite movie theater as well. And the clutching of pearls isn’t for AMC necessarily, but because I’m honestly really concerned that due to what’s going on with the pandemic, movie theaters, in general, might very well not be able to survive. And I think it would be very sad if we were living in a world without movie theaters soon. I know a lot of people like to watch movies at home these days instead of going to the theater. But, as far as I’m concerned, nothing still beats the movie going experience!
So has anyone been back to this theatre since it reopened? If so, what is the vibe like? And are they selling concessions right now? I’m just wondering since I might finally check out Tenet soon and would like to have an idea of what I can expect. Also, I do respect that AMC is at least trying to keep their theatres open right now. If they play their cards right, maybe they can gain some new patrons over the next few months, especially given what has happened with Regal theaters. And generally speaking, I just really hope that movie theaters can survive this whole mess. Because given how much going to the movies has meant to me over the years, simply put, I can not imagine a world without movie theaters heading forward. That is too depressing for me to even think about.
So obviously with what’s going on with the current pandemic, this AMC theater along with all the others in the US are currently closed. My question is do you think this AMC theater will open again? Because I still greatly prefer going to it over some of the other AMC locations in the area and will practically be heartbroken if it ends up closed for good, especially given how much the theater has meant to me over the years and all the memories I have from the times I’ve spent at the place.
Thanks markp for letting me know where the auditoriums were located in the multiplex. As I wrote, I didn’t frequent it as much as other movie theaters in the area, so honestly couldn’t remember where they were located in that never-ending hallway. If someone parked their car behind auditoriums 1 and 2, it would take several minutes to walk to the front of the building. I recollect that very well. And thanks for letting me know that there was a box office on both the right hand side and left hand side near the entrance. I honestly thought there were 2 box offices, since I recall my late dad buying tickets from the one on the left hand side a few times, but couldn’t remember for sure.
And it will be interesting to see what happens with the property heading forward. It has already been 13 years since it shut down, so I can’t believe something hasn’t been done with the land yet. However, if the land is a clean-up site, I do kind of understand. But, it would be nice if they could redevelop it one of these days. As you wrote, a Drive-In theater would probably do really well there during the warmer months. I also think a weekend flea market could potentially do well at that location during the summer months.
Hey. I used to go to this multiplex every once in a while back in the mid-90s and even though I didn’t see movies at it as often as I saw them at other movie theaters, I continue to think about it a lot, since I fear the same thing may happen to one of my current go-to theaters in the Central NJ area. Anyway, some of the things I remember most about this theater were the green seats, the fact that it seemed like it took forever to walk to the front of the building/entrance depending on where you parked your car in the parking lot, the fact that it seemed like there were so many doors you could exit the building from and the never-ending hallway you’d sometimes have to walk down to get to the auditorium the movie you were planning to see was showing in. I also remember the locations of the restrooms very well. One thing I can’t recollect too well is the areas where tickets were sold. I remember there was a register where you could buy tickets from on the right hand side when you walked into the multiplex. But, didn’t they also have a register that sold tickets on the left hand side, too? Or am I not remembering the areas where they sold tickets correctly? Also, can anyone remember the exact location of the auditoriums in the building. For example, where were auditoriums 1 and 2 in proximity to where you would give the ticket taker your tickets? Were they to the right in that never-ending hallway or to the left? And what about auditoriums 13 and 14? Where were they located in the building? Thanks for any information you can provide me. And honestly, I still kind of miss this place. It was definitely one of the bigger and nicer multiplexes in the Central NJ area back in the day. I feel it is still a shame what happened to it.