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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teecee on October 29, 2005 at 9:04 am

Only in Jersey…

The Star-Ledger (Newark, NJ), Sept 25, 2005 p046
Condos planned next to cinema. (MORRIS)

Piscataway developer Jack Morris hopes to convert the parking lot of the Loews Theater on Route 1 in New Brunswick into a mixed-use retail and condominium project.

The development will include about 400 luxury condominiums and market-rate apartments, 40,000 square feet of retail and three parking garages. Loews Theater would remain, as would barbecue restaurant Famous Dave’s, which would move to a new restaurant on the 23-acre site, according to plans released by the city.

The four- to six-story condos and apartments are planned toward the back of the property, which abuts open space along the Raritan River. Directly across the river is a view of Highland Park’s Donaldson Park.

“One of the things that make this site great is the views over the water and over the park,” said New Brunswick spokesman Bill Bray.

Edgewood Properties Inc. bought the site in 2004 from Sheldon Elizabeth Co., a Roseland-based company, for $14.7 million. Sheldon Elizabeth owned the property since 1965, and opened the Loews Theater in 1996 on what was once the site of the Route 1 Flea Market.

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gabedellafave on December 14, 2005 at 6:11 pm


and before it was the Route 1 Flea Market it was a Great Eastern department store.

Still it’s the only multiplex I know of with a graveyard in the middle of the parking lot (“only in New Jersey”). Do you think I’m kidding?:

How is that for unique!?

mjb1124 on January 21, 2007 at 7:42 pm

I remember the old days of the Route 1 Flea Market on this site, and I also remember the buzz when this multiplex first opened. This is a very nicely-designed multiplex with nice large auditoriums and screens – a refreshing change of pace from the scaled-down multiplexes of the ‘80s. The stadium seating was a little off-putting at first, but I got used to it pretty quickly. I also enjoyed the new food options, as pricey as they were – unfortunately they stopped serving buffalo wings and sssupreme nachos after AMC took over.

And yeah, how about that grave? I heard they might move it if these new developments around the theater go through.

moviebuff82 on September 1, 2009 at 1:48 pm

Sony 4k to be installed at this theater soon…

moviebuff82 on September 19, 2009 at 5:44 pm

An IMAX digital theater is now at this theater.

moviebuff82 on November 5, 2009 at 3:32 pm

advance tickets for the midnight showing of Avatar are now online. Surprisingly, this is the closest theater that has advance tickets alongside the AMC Empire 25 and the Lincoln Square theaters.

tmundell on February 1, 2011 at 1:35 pm

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 3:17 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 3:32 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.

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