AMC Essex Green

495 Prospect Avenue,
West Orange, NJ 07052

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AMC Essex Green

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Opened in 1997 this theatre contained nine new stadium seating auditoriums with digital sound and all the bells and whistles. The lobby area contained a 50-foot snack bar and a mini-cafe featuring Starbucks coffees and assorted pastries, The Soundstage Cafe.

When AMC acquired GC in 2001 the chain closed the Soundstage Cafe operation.

Theatre 1 is the largest, and is THX certified.

Contributed by John Fink

Recent comments (view all 36 comments)

Astyanax
Astyanax on March 8, 2011 at 3:55 am

Attempted to see the latest Liam Neeson flick, Unknown at this venue. Having already had dinner at a local restaurant, I was not interested in the Fork & Screen experience. Plain and simple, I just wanted to enjoy a good escapist movie, no frills. The hostess claimed that the movie was sold out for non-dining patrons as it was clear that the theater was holding out for those patrons willing to shell-out big-bucks for the food package. I find waitress service at entertainment events to be a distraction, even when they try crawling on their knees to be less conspicuous. AMC can keep their Fork & Screen concept. Instead I drove to Montclair and enjoyed Cedar Rapids at the Claridge. By dining out, and going for drinks and coffee at a local pub afterwards, I got to support some local merchants and not the corporate coffers of AMC.

thebrat
thebrat on July 29, 2014 at 4:21 am

Is screen #1 able to play back 7.1 movies? Plenty of 7.1 capable theaters like Alamo Drafthouse in Ashburn, VA do not appear on Dolby’s web site, so I am wondering if this is the case. I saw the latest Planet of the Apes on the aforementioned screen and the 3D was pretty bright and the sound was kicking loads of buttocks, literally. The bass was shaking my seat! I was wondering because the sound field was pretty robust. I think I saw two speakers on the back wall, the least amount needed to add 7.1. Just a general question, that’s all.

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on May 17, 2015 at 6:28 pm

according to the THX website, no theaters in NJ including this one are certified anymore. The closest one i can think of is in Franklin Mills, PA.

poland626
poland626 on April 15, 2016 at 9:42 pm

locations gone downhill lately. quality of service is declining as things get delayed and delivered at different times. It’s not good getting my drinks 30 min into the movie when I’m already finishing my food and can’t talk due to being thirsty.

They also sometimes only have 1 waiter for 2 screens. I had to wait 15 min to get my bill.

poland626
poland626 on December 27, 2016 at 1:49 pm

AVOID theater 3 with a passion. Just saw Sing 3d there and one of their 2 3d projectors has a color issue that if you close your right eye, can see a giant yellow tint over the bottom right corner and a purple streak going diagonally around that yellow border. It ruins the 3d. They need a new projector.

optimist008
optimist008 on December 27, 2016 at 5:53 pm

What a shame that AMC just does not care…and to think their major NYC theaters have problems after we all thought they would be so great…They need a major wake up call.

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on December 27, 2016 at 10:22 pm

I agree, even with reserved seating and other amenities.

hdtv267
hdtv267 on December 28, 2016 at 11:12 am

what bad experiences have you had there? Were they reported to management or AMC corporate? I hope Poland did and got some sort of compensation for his issues. Through the Fandango app it will tell you what theatre you are in before purchasing tickets.

poland626
poland626 on December 28, 2016 at 1:14 pm

I’ve been here multiple times. I’ve reported them each time and I have emailed Amc after this recent incident. I know what theater I was in, doesn’t mean I can predict the projector working or not.

Examples I’ve experienced first hand: -Cold Food with Warm Sides -Tea that was more water than tea. Literally had no color to it -Breaded Chicken Sandwich was 3 Chicken tenders put between a Bun -Drinks arrived mid movie well after I’ve finished my food -No Salt or Pepper at all unless you ask and then are given you a small cups worth -Sticky Menus replaced with just as Sticky Menus -Broken Tables that don’t move or are complete bent so much my drink falls -And just in general Over priced for this quality

I’ve complained each time. Sometimes I get a free ticket or a “thank you for telling us” speach but nothing ever changes. Look at recent yelp and Google reviews. This isn’t a one time thing. If they want the Dine IN format to succeed they need help

Yelp: https://www.yelp.com/biz/amc-dine-in-theatres-essex-green-9-west-orange?uid=h3fnmqrvEjvPPLU7RLMJKw&utm_source=ashare&utm_campaign=status_quo_sheet&ref=yelp-android

hdtv267
hdtv267 on December 28, 2016 at 4:17 pm

Sorry it’s been so bad. Complaining to theatre management is one thing- but have to spoken out to corporate?

I’ve had many issues, contacted @AMCHelps on twitter and they’ve responded and things get taken care of . Since this “Dine-In” experience is their ‘bread & butter’ (no pun intended) they’d like to be aware.

Good luck in getting things resolved.

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