AMC Burbank 14

140 E. Palm Avenue,
Burbank, CA 91502

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AMC Burbank 14

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The AMC Burbank opened in 1986 as a ten-plex and was a welcome sight for Burbank’s revitalization of Downtown. Located ½ block from the main street of San Fernando Road, the theatre was one of AMC’s highest grossing theatres all the way until it was closed in 2003, replaced by the AMC Burbank 16 across the street in the former parking lot of downtown.

The theatre was one level and was expanded in the early-1990’s to 14 screens, adding two screens to the east side of the building (these theatres sat only 150 people each and were numbered 3 and 4), and two on the west end which featured “ampitheatre seating,” a precursor to stadium seating, and a new satellite concession stand and restrooms. These two theatres sat 500 (#11) and 575 (#12) and had all the latest digital sound formats. In 2001, #12 housed a DLP Projector for Star Wars Episode 1. This first early 1990’s remodel also expanded both box offices to form one large 14 window box office.

Studios held premieres and screenings here a lot of the time since it was close to proximity with Disney, Warner Bros, Universal, and later Dreamworks. Disney, WB, and Universal had set special recognition tiles in the floor to welcome the theatre. I don’t know if these were saved or moved to the new theatre.

A second remodeling occured in 1998 for the 10 year anniversary of the theatre that incorporated AMC’s new “pass through” concession stand.

In 2002, construction began on the Burbank Entertainment Centre, with the addition of a new 16 screen AMC. In 2003, the old AMC 14 closed permanently, moving across the former street to the new facilities. The theatre was torn down and today it is an empty lot, sans a few of the orignal walls of the theatre. Its future is supposed to be a parking structure addition with more shops under it.

Contributed by Jeff Arellano

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jmarellano
jmarellano on February 14, 2005 at 1:39 am

Oops, forgot about seating: It held ht following:

1,2,5,6,9,10,13,14 – All sat 200 each
3,4 – 150 Each
7,8 – 389 Each
11 – 500
12 – 575

3753 Seats total.

jackhicko
jackhicko on February 20, 2005 at 1:54 am

I love the front row and this was the first theater I attended in which at least one screen went nearly to the floor, significantly improving the front-row experience.

120305
120305 on March 30, 2005 at 2:24 pm

correction: this theatre opened in 1986. the first movie i saw there was eddie murphy’s “golden child.”

Knatcal
Knatcal on April 4, 2005 at 11:57 pm

This theater was truly a flagship in the revitalization of downtown Burbank. Until this mid 1980s revitalization the nearby area along San Fernando Road was closed to traffic and was called the Golden Mall. It was a sleepy little area of small retail shops with playgrounds in the middle. Little different from its birth in the 1960s. After the AMC Burbank 14 was built many new business and restaurants, including an enclosed mall, came to the area and San Fernando Road was reopened to traffic. The first film I saw here was in 1986. It was some classic Disney re-release. Today the area is quite different form those days.

jmarellano
jmarellano on April 5, 2005 at 2:27 am

I worked at the theatre in 1997 when we celebrated the 10th anniversary…….

Logan5
Logan5 on June 16, 2009 at 9:09 pm

Zip code was/is 91502.

vincelliam
vincelliam on December 24, 2011 at 7:40 am

The site of the theatre is now a condo/loft/whatever complex. If you look on the ground floor they left a few original walls near the foundation for some reason.

Scott Neff
Scott Neff on January 15, 2012 at 4:15 am

Theatre should be marked demolished.

Logan5
Logan5 on February 26, 2012 at 9:13 am

Detailed article about the 1986 opening here: http://articles.latimes.com/1986-12-15/entertainment/ca-2862_1_multiplex

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