AMC Loews New Brunswick 18

17 U.S. Highway 1,
New Brunswick, NJ 08902

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AMC Loews New Brunswick 18

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Built on the site of the old Route 1 Flea Market at the junction of Routes 1 and 18, the 79,516-square-foot Loews New Brunswick was the circuit’s first to feature stadium seating and non-traditional concessions fare (chicken tenders, fries, restaurant-style nachos, etc.). The 18-screen theatre, built at a cost of $12 million, was designed by architect David Rockwell and was the first facility to be opened using the Loews Theatres name after the company’s brief stint as Sony Theatres.

The theatre, which opened on November 22, 1996, was an immediate success and prompted Loews to seek to expand the facility. In June of 1999, a seven-screen, 21,000-square foot addition was approved but, due to the company’s bankruptcy filing in February 2001, the proposed expansion never took place.

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Recent comments (view all 17 comments)

tmundell on February 1, 2011 at 11:35 am

Does anyone know which auditorium was converted to Imax? I’m guessing it’s either #17 or #18 as those are the largest.

moviebuff82 on August 12, 2014 at 1:17 pm

I first heard about this theater on the radio back in 1996 when they announced the grand opening of this theater. It was on z100. The theater was quite advanced for its time for the Loews Circuit. Since it was then owned by Sony, it had playstation kiosks as well as promos for Sony stuff and auditoriums that had the short lived 8 channel SDDS sound system.

markp on August 12, 2014 at 1:32 pm

I was the first projectionist from the union to work here sharing the booth with management. Unfortunately I ended up running the entire 2 booths most of the time.

DavidSimpson on October 5, 2015 at 1:04 am

This multiplex has an incredible, fun-filled, faux-Hollywood decorated foyer, which is great fun!

The link posted by gabedellafave in December 2005 isn’t working, so here’s some information about the gravestone in the middle of the rear car park. This dates back to 1828. A department store was built on the site and the ground was levelled – all except for the area around the grave, which now sits about 8ft above the ground! The story is that Mary Ellis (1750–1828) was a spinster. According to local legend, she was seduced by a sea captain who vowed to return to marry her. She would come to the spot where her grave now stands, each day, to look for his ship in the Raritan River in New Brunswick, but he never returned. As gabedellafave says, how’s that for unique?!

Paul on October 11, 2016 at 6:24 pm

So happy to see this theater, not only still remain, but prosper and flourish over the last 20 years. The cynic in me always thought it might die out. I don’t go out to the movies as much, so I haven’t gotten a chance to go here very often, but good to see people enjoying it.

rivest266 on October 23, 2016 at 4:11 pm

This opened on November 27th, 1996. The grand opening ad as the largest cinema in the state can be found in the photo section for this cinema.

Zootopialover98 on October 23, 2016 at 9:41 pm

your better at finding grand opening ads than me why not try gulf pointe

Zootopialover98 on October 23, 2016 at 9:49 pm

pleasure island too! oops i should not be nagging about grand opening ads too much

Zootopialover98 on October 24, 2016 at 9:58 pm

i just need someone to find grand opening ads fo these 3 theatres AMC Grapevine 30 AMC Gulf Pointe 30 and AMC Pleasure Island 24. Boy i should stop nagging over grand opening ads

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