Ritz Center 16

900 Haddonfield-Berlin Road,
Voorhees, NJ 08043

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LeicaMan on January 13, 2017 at 10:22 am

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.

Michael R. Rambo Jr.
Michael R. Rambo Jr. on January 8, 2017 at 12:52 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.

alps on December 29, 2016 at 4:39 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.

LeicaMan on December 20, 2016 at 11:22 pm

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

LeicaMan on August 1, 2016 at 3:29 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.

HowardBHaas on June 27, 2016 at 6:49 pm

So far as I can tell online, the AMC purchase of Carmike hasn’t completed yet https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carmike_Cinemas

Mikeoaklandpark on June 27, 2016 at 12:47 pm

ALPS AMC purchased Carmike earlier this year. I didn’t know the merger was final. Glad Carmike there is good the one here in Asheville is the pits. I avoid it at all costs.

alps on June 26, 2016 at 8:20 pm

Here we go again, AMC has acquired this theater. The Carmike more than any other chain that ran this theater, has a good relationship with those that attend it. It’s pricing for the admission and concessions is what keeps this house well attended week after week, if AMC plans to curtail the good will that the hands on current Carmike management built with its guests, such as raising prices and offering nothing, they will fail.

rivest266 on June 26, 2016 at 5:25 pm

September 22nd, 1996 grand opening ad in photo section.

Scott Neff
Scott Neff on March 4, 2016 at 3:52 pm

These poor latchkey theatres that get shuffled back and forth during acquisitions…

LeicaMan on March 3, 2016 at 10:29 pm

AMC has acquired Carmike. It seems likely that the government will have the combined AMC/Carmike sell off theaters to recieve regulatory approval. Given AMC’s current position in the South Jersey market, the Ritz 16 might end up with a new owner… again. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/amc-buys-carmike-theater-chain-872653

LeicaMan on March 5, 2014 at 3:39 pm

Here we go again… http://deadline.com/2014/03/could-carmikes-strong-q4-earnings-help-to-put-it-in-play/

The exhibition chain’s stock is up about 7.7% so far today, and hit a 52-week high of $32.60, as its stronger-than-expected Q4 earnings delighted investors — and revived speculation that it might soon be ripe for a takeover. Some analysts say that the stars will align if the leading theater ad sales company, National CineMedia, buys its rival Screenvision. That “could happen this year,” B. Riley’s Eric Wold says. And since Carmike owns about 19% of Screenvision, that “would also put Carmike in play to be acquired by one of the top three domestic exhibitors.” Benchmark Co’s Mike Hickey says that a deal would “create a +$300 million asset within Carmike” potentially enticing bidders to offer about $40 per share. Even without a deal, investors like Carmike’s report that its attendance per screen increased about 3% in Q4. That’s a contrast with AMC, Regal, and Cinemark which were down — one analyst attributed that to the holiday season launches of Sony’s PS4 and Microsoft’s XBox One gaming consoles. What accounted for the difference? Wold says that Carmike benefited from its small market theaters which operate “within somewhat competitor-free film zones.” Maxim Group’s John Tinker pointed to “the success of family-oriented films such as Frozen and The Hunger Games, which align well [with Carmike’s] concentration in suburban markets.” And Wedbush Securities’ Michael Pachter noted that the chain bought 52 screens from Cinemark and 147 from Muvico Theaters that “added three IMAX screens, two other premium format screens, and two Bogart’s Bar & Grill restaurants to Carmike’s portfolio.”

HulkieD on December 28, 2013 at 1:18 am

Went to the new Moorestown Mall theatre and then went here. My jaw dropped when I went into the lobby. Deluxe new carpeting, repaired lighting, fresh coats of paint. The place seemed far warmer and way more alive than I’ve seen it in a LONG time. And you’re right, management and employees are doing a great job. I don’t know what Carmike did as far as training, but they did something right. And I did not expect them to put the maintenance in that they needed.

If higher prices are the tradeoff for this theatre looking like a showpiece again, I’ll gladly pay it. Carmike is doing a wonderful job with this theatre. Even some of the chainwide touches – I’m liking that policy trailer more and more – are nice.

alps on December 20, 2013 at 10:04 pm

Carmike in Voorhees has just raised it’s prices on admission by .25 for day shows, and it’s concessions has gone up as well. Christmas 2013, has too many releases at on time. Management and employees are doing a great job , the best group on young people I experienced working in a theater in a long time. I will say, outstanding!

Mikeoaklandpark on November 8, 2013 at 7:41 am

Glad they are better there. Here in Asheville they don’t even use the box office anymore you have to buy tickets at the concession stand which is ridiculous.

HulkieD on November 6, 2013 at 10:56 pm

At Ritz, and from what I’ve seen, I for one welcome our new Carmike overlords. I am very impressed with the staff, the staffing, and the pricing. Talked to a ticket taker and they want to do closer to a 50/50 split between art and mainstream. They’re also changing to digital theatre signage soon -meaning LEDs at box office and auds.

They also have realllly nice specials. $5 wednesdays were a Rave thing they’re continuing, there’s a stimulus tuesday for popcorns and snacks, a $20 industrial sized popcorn tub that can get $3.50 refills all year. Oh and they brought back the twi-lite shows AMC was famous for!

If Carmike is a bad chain, then I must have bad taste in theatres or they know how to run things RIGHT. Far better than any Rave-era trip I’ve made here. They really let it go.

Mikeoaklandpark on October 31, 2013 at 6:41 am

Carmike is the worst theater chain around. Good luck I refuse to go to their theater here in NC.

alps on October 30, 2013 at 8:53 pm

Carmike is putting money into the theatre. I like their stimulus tuesday idea, and their $5.50 shows in the afternoon. I don’t like is their ugly standup posters covering the portraits of the great filmmakers, that partrons never heard of.

HulkieD on August 16, 2013 at 9:24 pm

As of today (8/16/2013) this is now a Carmike. They’re listing as “Carmike Ritz Center 16” or “Carmike Ritz 16”. Many employees there are still holdovers from Posel and articles portray them as excited so…

LeicaMan on July 19, 2013 at 3:27 am

Ugh!! Bummer Alamo didn’t pick this up as part of their national expansion. Don’t know about you guys, but I don’t know if I want to patronize this theater anymore.

HulkieD on July 18, 2013 at 11:06 pm

Carmike is getting it… :(


LeicaMan on June 3, 2013 at 4:17 am

Fingers Crossed!!

LeicaMan on June 3, 2013 at 4:16 am

Chuck1231, Cinemark will be operating the theater for now. From the ruling date, May 20th, Cinemark has 90 days to sell the theater or face government penalties.

Some thoughts on the chains that could buy the theater: AMC: They bought a fair number of Rave theaters last year. If they passed then, they’ll likely pass again. In this market, they’re planning on pouring lots of money into the existing theaters (Marlton 8 & Loews Cherry Hill 24). They just finished an extensive renovation of the Marlton 8 with 4K projectors, reclinging leather seats, a new lobby/concessions, etc.

Regal: They are building a new theater in Moorestown that was supposed to be opened by the summer. I think they would rather foues their time and public attention to their new state of the art theater over this theater they just bought.

The court ruling noted that the Ritz sold one million tickets last year. This is a theater that does well financially in a very nice area. I think chains like Landmark, after realizing their mistake, or Alamo Drafthouse, which has no current presence in the greater Philadelphia area and is making moves into the suburbs of Denver and DC, or an eccentric millionaire film geek like Ray Posel would be a good fit. In other words, someone who loves movies.

That being said, the Ritz, while by no means dilapidated, needs a lot of TLC. Since National Amusements installed 2K projectors, which was a bad decision in the long term IMHO, they’ll need to get 4Ks. I’m not so sure about the sound systems, but Dolby Atmos for the two large theaters would be nice.Then there are the little details that made the Ritz, the Ritz. Things like those cool color changing wavy light bars, the deliberate absence of cheap promotion material (Why would you cover up those beautiful classic movie posters with a crappy Hangover 3 cutout?!?!?), basic maintenance of the exterior like power washing the stucco and replacing lightbulbs. I almost forgot the menagerie of goodies they used to serve at the concessions stand!! Always see what I’m missing when I go to the Ritzes in Philly! More Art House/Foreign films are a given! :–) I could go on, but let’s just hope for the best! Fingers Crossed

LeicaMan on May 31, 2013 at 6:40 pm

@hdtv267, anything is possible so who knows. For posterity, here’s a link to the DoJ ruling. http://www.ofr.gov/(S(00exjxvzd0ot3r0gdyhed3ty))/OFRUpload/OFRData/2013-12762_PI.pdf

LeicaMan on May 30, 2013 at 5:23 pm

If I had to guess, I think a higher end chain would be more interested in buying the theater. Think Mark Cuban’s Landmark Theaters or the Alamo Drafthouse. Alamo seems a tad unlikely given the lack of space to build out a full service kitchen.

Another likely reason why said chains would want to buy the theater is the local demographics. Lots of upper middle/upper class folks with $$$ to spend. http://www.poselmanagement.com/images/Ritz_Center_Demographics.pdf