AMC Philadelphia Mills 14

1149 Franklin Mills Circle,
Philadelphia, PA 19154

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AMC Franklin Mills 14

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The Franklin Mills 14 opened December 19, 1997 at Franklin Mills Mall, on the site of the former Sears Catolog Outlet store. The Franklin Mills Mall itself sits on the site of the former Liberty Bell Racetrack.

This theatre replaced a older GCC Franklin Mills 10 theatre, which was located on the outskirts of the mall.

The auditoriums are stadium seating, with digital sound, and two of the auditoriums are equipped with Lucasfilm’s THX digital sound system.

In 2002, General Cinema was acquired by AMC Theatres.

Contributed by Michael R. Rambo Jr.

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TheaterBuff1
TheaterBuff1 on May 9, 2008 at 12:03 am

Hmmm, just came back from visiting that link you provided — which by rights I should’ve done first before posting — and have no knowledge of any theater of old in Northeast Philadelphia called the Plaza, in the Franklin Mills area or otherwise. So now you’ve got me curious, too! I grew up here in NE Philly, but never remember ever seeing any movie listings for a Plaza theater other than the link I gave you. So if you find out anything please let me know as well. Thanks!

TheaterBuff1
TheaterBuff1 on May 9, 2008 at 10:46 pm

Ken MC, with HDTV267’s help, it appears we’ve just solved the mystery of the phantom Northeast Philadelphia theater of old called the “Plaza.” The photo that ministry uses at its website isn’t located in Northeast Philadelphia at all but rather is at 1049 Ponce De Leon Avenue NE, in Atlanta, Georgia. The CT webpage for it is /theaters/4226/
And from what I can determine, it’s still in operation and appears to be doing well and still has that great marquee.

Meantime, it should be clarified the Northeast Philly theater the ministry took over isn’t the AMC Franklin Mills 14 that remains in fullscale operation today but is the former GCC Franklin Mills 10 that had been on the mall’s outskirts.

Michael R. Rambo Jr.
Michael R. Rambo Jr. on February 1, 2011 at 1:25 pm

Since the end of 2010, the AMC Franlin Mills 14 Theatre has had a IMAX screen installed, joining AMC Neshaminy 24, AMC Hamilton 24, AMC Loews Cherry Hill 24, The Franklin Institude, and REG King of Prussia Stadium 16 as the only IMAX screens in the Philadelphia area

Michael R. Rambo Jr.
Michael R. Rambo Jr. on February 1, 2011 at 2:23 pm

IMAX Corp. has retrofitting existing screens for the Digital IMAX. They mostr likely will never build a 70mm IMAX setup again. Franklin mills, along with Neshaminy, Hamilton, cherry Hill, and New Brunswick 18 will be getting Sanctum: An IMAX 3D Experience this Friday. King of Prussia will be keeping Tron Legacy IMAX 3D.

chinatownkid
chinatownkid on September 18, 2012 at 11:03 pm

This theater used to show Hong Kong and Indian movies after midnight on Saturdays. I went to see a number of Hong Kong movies here back in the 90s. Usually people wouldn’t know what was showing until a couple days ahead of time when a poster would suddenly show up on a particular wall in Chinatown…

lizakovach
lizakovach on October 23, 2012 at 6:20 pm

I remember the old Franklin Mills building was purchased instead of leased by one of the Smith kids from General Cinema. The corporation lost their shirt on that purchase.

hdtv267
hdtv267 on April 6, 2013 at 2:30 pm

AMC should be embarrassed to have their name on this third world complex. I attended a morning presentation of “Jurassic Park” in Digital IMAX 3D on 4.6.13

I’ve got no idea where to begin on how appalling the conditions there are or how misbehaved the patrons are.

Starting with the ticket girl having her back to people entering so she can do busy work, to both registers not cooperating with cards holding up concession lines. The red circle logo morphing into various expressions being stuck in an endless loop because the computer to start the show misfired. No “warning” to put on your 3D glasses. No messages about keeping it down during the show. Not that this mattered as I was physically threatened twice by patrons when I politely requested that they put the phone away. Elevators that take you to a different part of the complex because the 2nd floor bathrooms are locked.

Then the main floor bathrooms are in the most deplorable conditions. Graffiti, names scratched into walls and urinals. When I needed to use those bathrooms, one of the workers decided to put the 3D glasses recycle bin right in the way of the doors. How about whenever anyone gets up to use the rest room the door opens up and then the bottom right hand corner of the screen gets bright.

I attended a 10am screening. I can’t even wrap my head around what this bleephole is like in the evening. Unfortunately due to my schedule today, I had to go to this one to see the movie I have been waiting to see again for years. Tell ya folks, avoid this place at all costs. Yes, I’ve contacted AMC corporate about my displeasure.

Needless to say, I’ll never be back here again. I’d rather miss a movie than put up with that nonsense again.

hdtv267
hdtv267 on July 7, 2013 at 11:09 am

Well due to timing for seeing the 3D version of “Despicable Me 2” saw me heading back to this venue again. It was 9:30 am and I was pleasantly surprised at what I saw.

The staff was quite welcoming this time. Even though minor confusion about the 3D glasses, but I just attributed that to it being roughly 30 mins before show time. I’m sure they sorted it out as the rest of the patrons came in.

People were well behaved as best I could see. I headed down to the front of the theatre half way through. Not because of problems, but because I wanted a better vantage point to enjoy the 3D.

There seemed to be a slight issue at the beginning with the AMC logo , but I let management know and it was cleared up right away. We got the info about putting the 3D glasses on and the “please be considerate” screen was kept up for a bit.

Will I go back? Not really sure. It might have been the morning after a holiday.

But since I took the time to bitch so much last time, I wanted to come back and say that job well done this time out.

Michael R. Rambo Jr.
Michael R. Rambo Jr. on November 18, 2014 at 3:23 pm

since Mid october, this theatre is now known as AMC Philadelphia Mills 14. The mall itself since late September has been known as Philadelphia Mills Mall

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