AMC Voorhees 16

900 Haddonfield-Berlin Road,
Voorhees, NJ 08043

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Ritz 16 - 2003

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This theater opened as the Ritz 12 on September 22, 1996 as part of a shopping strip with a 1,200 space parking lot. Both theater and shopping stip were owned by the Ritz Theaters of Philadelphia, arthouse film exhibitors. The Ritz 12 cost 7-million dollars to construct. The huge 5,000 square feet lobby was designed to recall a European hotel lobby, and included a lounge, a cafe and a concession area. Concessions included espresso, cappuccino, cafe au lait, and pastries. The hall leading to the auditoriums was adorned with portraits of dozens of renowned film makers. The auditoriums seating capacitys ranged from 187 to 437 people, with the largest two auditoriums sporting very large 40 feet wide screens. All auditoriums were built with digital surround sound, luxury seats, and what was referred to in 1996 as ‘terraced seating’ and explained as a 16 foot drop from back to front (as compared to the four foot drop in most theaters) for excellent sight-lines.

Four auditoriums were added later and the theatre was renamed the Ritz 16.

Following Ritz founder Raymond Posel’s death in June 2005, the Ritz Theaters were sold. The Philadelphia theaters and the Ritz Theaters name were sold to Landmark Theatres. The Voorhees theatre was sold in April 2007 to National Amusements and run by their Showcase division as the Showcase at the Ritz Center. In December 2009, Rave Motion Picture Theatres took over operation and the theater was renamed the RC Ritz Center 16. In November, 2012, as Rave Motion Picture Theatres were selling all its theatres to other chains, Cinemark announced its acquisition of this theatre and the former Bridge in Philadelphia that National Amusements and then Rave Motion Picture Theatres had as their local theatres, but due to federal antitrust concerns, were not allowed to keep this theatre. On August 16, 2013, Carmike Cinemas took over this theatre. In December 2016 it was taken over by AMC. In the Philadelphia region, the name ‘Ritz’ has been the gold standard for upscale movie exhibition since the first Ritz opened in 1976 in Philadelphia and this theatre continues to have a fine reputation as a top-notch cinema.

Contributed by Howard B. Haas

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LeicaMan
LeicaMan on August 1, 2016 at 8:29 pm

Now that the Carmike holdouts got the price they wanted, the merger is on. To be completed by the end of 2016. http://www.wsj.com/articles/amc-carmike-agree-to-sweetened-takeover-deal-1469447541

One wonders when federal regulators will decide if AMC-Carmike need to sell the Ritz 16. The case for them to sell is even stronger than when DoJ forced Cinemark to unload the theater to Carmike because AMC-Carmike would possess a much larger share of the market.

LeicaMan
LeicaMan on December 21, 2016 at 4:22 am

AMC-Carmike has receive conditional approval from the Justice Department. Per Reuters The Justice Department expressed two concerns over the merger. The first had to do with loss of competition between movie theaters in 15 markets in nine states: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Minnesota, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. One condition for the acquisition was that AMC or Carmike be required to sell a theater in each of those markets. http://reuters.com/article/idUSKBN1491ZN

alps
alps on December 29, 2016 at 9:39 pm

The AMC takeover has begun with promises not to make too many changes until months later. I just hope that they change out that popcorn soon. I can see a “Baby” IMAX like in Cherry Hill, Carmike Ritz 16 has a loyal following with their popcorn buckets.

Michael R. Rambo Jr.
Michael R. Rambo Jr. on January 8, 2017 at 5:52 am

What I read on AMC’s website, the Carmike Popcorn bucket program is staying. Also this was the only Carmike location in NJ that AMC acquired with the merger, the other 4 locations (Cranford 5 – Cranford, NJ; Town Center 10 – East Windsor, NJ; Sparta 3 – Sparta, NJ; Rialto 6 – Westfield, NJ) were not included.

LeicaMan
LeicaMan on January 13, 2017 at 3:22 pm

Kind of amazing that DOJ approved this. AMC will now handily control the South Jersey Market, especially in the Philadelphia suburbs.

Alps-Personally, I would prefer Dolby Cinema over lieMAX at the Ritz 16, provided they will actually invest in the theater.

alps
alps on March 5, 2017 at 6:51 pm

Carmike is slowly becoming an AMC theater, they have installed a Coke freestyle machine and on March 14th will install new pricing, eliminating 5.00 Wednesdays, The better be careful the reason this theater does well is because of the relationships they have with their customers.

HulkieD
HulkieD on March 17, 2017 at 10:10 pm

The official changeover occurred this week. New name for the theatre is “AMC Voorhees 16”…

alps
alps on March 24, 2017 at 3:34 pm

The first week of AMC Voorhees, was a bit bumpy. Beauty and the Beast was handled well but the theater will go through major changes in the first few months. The Coca-Cola Freestyle machine is ugly and ruins the lobby, I am sure AMC will make this theater look like an AMC theater. The classic movie posters and photos of great directors will be removed, the competition from Cinemark in Somerdale with their “luxury seating”, will prompt AMC to do the same, and I am sure a “baby IMAX or Lie-Max” will be built, Romon Posel is turning over in his grave, too bad, this theater had a great run but the Barbarians are at the gate.

alps
alps on March 24, 2017 at 3:34 pm

The first week of AMC Voorhees, was a bit bumpy. Beauty and the Beast was handled well but the theater will go through major changes in the first few months. The Coca-Cola Freestyle machine is ugly and ruins the lobby, I am sure AMC will make this theater look like an AMC theater. The classic movie posters and photos of great directors will be removed, the competition from Cinemark in Somerdale with their “luxury seating”, will prompt AMC to do the same, and I am sure a “baby IMAX or Lie-Max” will be built, Romon Posel is turning over in his grave, too bad, this theater had a great run but the Barbarians are at the gate.

LeicaMan
LeicaMan on March 28, 2017 at 7:48 pm

Why do I have this feeling AMC won’t be around for long? Perhaps it’s the history of the theater at this point, but AMC is the kind of company that will run a gold mine into the ground. Going back to the Posel days, the theater occupied a certain niche and succeeded. However, the theater exists in this strange place in the market where it’s not a huge theater near a mall or central corridor like route 73, but it’s not really a small theater either. I suspect the place will fail because AMC will assume that it can charge really high prices because of its location in an affluent area, like the Marlton 8 post conversion, and that will repel both the loyal “annual popcorn bucket” crowd and the folks like me who do see the specialty films that will likely be eliminated from the programming mix.

The theater’s location and context on the market make it difficult for a chain like AMC to run it well, which Carmike did to their credit by being hands off. If you go through this comments section, I have made my position clear that this theater works best if it caters to niche and builds a devoted following like… perhaps… an Alamo Drafthouse. (Tim League, if you’re reading this, please try to acquire this theater if the opportunity arises) There are just too many multiplexes in the market that are like what the AMC Voorhees 16 will surely become. You could do a lot better with that location, and charge the kind of prices AMC thinks it can get out of an affluent bedroom community, if you try to be unique. “Quality will out” as they say.

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