AMC Loews Waterfront 22

300 Waterfront Drive West,
West Homestead, PA 15120

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AMC Loews Waterfront 22

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On September 29, 1998, Loews Cineplex Entertainment announced plans to enter the Greater Pittsburgh area with two new megaplexes. Just a few years later, one of these theatres, located in North Versailles, would be closed, having operated from November 23, 1999 to June 28, 2001. The other, the Loews Waterfront Theatre in West Homestead, would prove to be an enormous success.

Built on the site of a steel mill abandoned in 1986, Loews Waterfront, with its 22 screens and stadium-style seating, was the 108,000-square-foot anchor to Continental Real Estate’s 265 acre development of retail, residential, and office space. Opened on May 5, 2000, the theatre’s exterior was marked by a blend of squat, golden Moroccan columns and hand-cut tile, while the interior featured liberal use of red, yellow, and purple, all designed by architect David Rockwell. Topping the facility’s large concession island was, among other things, a ten foot-tall replica of a Coca-Cola cup.

The $22 million building’s gilded mezzanine level featured the Loews Club, a lounge and cafe that patrons could enter prior to or after their show for a $5 cover charge. Offering a full-service bar, this area also included a restaurant menu with items such as the Grilled Angus Steak Burger, a Caribbean Orange Rum Chicken dish, and a Chocolate Espresso Brownie Tower. Reservations for the Loews Club were accepted, over the phone or in person, up to three days in advance and included pre-selected theatre seat tickets which could be retrieved at the Loews Club box office. A private elevator would usher patrons to the Club’s coat check, intimate seating alcoves and sofas, and fireplaces. Access to the Club allowed customers to view movies from plush, oversized leather-like seats located at the top and center of the stadium sections within seven adjoining auditoriums. The bar and furnishings were a blend of polished woods, tufted upholstery, and painted-glass light fixtures. Back-lit photos of Oscar winners graced the space and Viewmasters on the tables featured images of the available dessert options.

Loews Waterfront was the last remaining theater operated by the company in the Pittsburgh area when it became part of the AMC Theatres circuit after the latter’s purchase of Loews Cineplex Entertainment. The others were the previously mentioned North Versailles location, Loew’s Penn, and Loew’s Ritz, which operated at 219 Fifth Avenue from 12/14/1923 through 4/30/1954.

Contributed by Damien Farley

Recent comments (view all 12 comments)

bamtino
bamtino on June 13, 2005 at 1:20 pm

Architect needs to be updated to “David Rockwell/Rockwell Group.”

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on March 22, 2006 at 2:59 pm

Here is a photo of the Loews Waterfront Theater.

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on January 10, 2009 at 6:34 pm

Come January 23rd, an IMAX theater will open in auditorium #13 and “The Dark Knight” will be its first movie.

SusanD
SusanD on March 17, 2009 at 1:17 pm

I went here with my husband and some of our friends to see “Coraline”. I hadn’t been here before ‘cos I see almost all my movies in my nieghborhood. The Squirrel Hill Theatre is within walking distance and the Manor is right around the corner from our house. The Waterfront is a pretty decent megaplex.

John Fink  (www.johnfinkfilms.com)
John Fink (www.johnfinkfilms.com) on March 17, 2009 at 5:53 pm

I’m shocked no one commented on the shooting death of a patron in the lobby while the theater was showing 50 Cent’s Get Rich or Die Trying. The film’s wikkepedia page: ( View link) ) discusses its controversies including incidents at a few theaters. Therefore this theater (which I’ve never been) has had some problems with patron behavior.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on November 10, 2009 at 1:16 pm

The theater must be in a rough part of town. Sounds like bad planning.

SusanD
SusanD on March 26, 2010 at 6:03 am

TSLOEWS,

It’s in the Waterfront, which is a shopping center/“lifestyle center” built on the site of the old US Steel Homestead Works. Where once high paying industrial jobs existed, now low-paid sales clerks ring up sales of goods made in China at places like Target and Abercrombie & Fitch.

The Waterfront itself is okay, but the rest of Homestead remains devastated by the loss of the mills and it’s ancillary businesses like Mesta Machine. Check out my reviews of the Waterfront View link here. Be sure to click on the two Youtube clips for songs about Homestead.

And despite what I said above, and despite that I like this place’s archeitecture, I’m beginning to dislike this theatre.

John Fink  (www.johnfinkfilms.com)
John Fink (www.johnfinkfilms.com) on March 26, 2010 at 6:24 am

It can happen anywhere, I now live in Buffalo and Walden Galleria had the same problems as this theater, the solution: a very visible security force. The problem with that: God forbid minority teens come to the mall to do what white teens do – shop, hang out and see a movie. I’ve always said rich white kids in Simsbury, CT do exsactly what black teens in Clifton, NJ do: hang out in front of their local theater, in both cases its annoying. Walden has an over 18 policy, interesting to see who is stopped frequently at the mall and asked to show ID. As for the theater, it’s the most over policed block in all of greater Buffalo I think, Regal Cinemas and the mall must pay a fortune for this kind of service.

I don’t know what security is like at the Waterfront but I can see how that developers and theater owners need to strike the right balance, another theater (Loews in Wayne, NJ) I hate going to is often a police state, the Wayne PD sometimes check tickets at the door and are rude and condescending to patrons. At that point going to the movies ceases to be entertaining setting a bad tone right from the start of the screening – management of coarse doesn’t care, there’s nothing they can do about the security and police they hire. At AMC Garden State I complained about their security, a guard used his cell phone in the theater during the show, and I’ve been given a free pass by management. All I really wanted for the security guard to apologize to me and acknowledge that he should never under any circumstances do that ever, management told me as a subcontractor that was not possible, I told them they need to hire better vendors. As you can see it’s a problem when you have police and security that are as moronic, if not more moronic than the patrons they are paid to guard against.

SusanD
SusanD on March 26, 2010 at 8:05 pm

John,

That’s why I prefer the Manor, even if it’s a little dingy.

SusanD
SusanD on March 26, 2010 at 9:32 pm

Oh I hope nobody inferred anything racial by my above comment.

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