AMC Loews Menlo Park 12

390 Menlo Park,
Edison, NJ 08837

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markp
markp on January 24, 2014 at 1:44 pm

The GCC which I worked at for almost 15 years was across the street and was demolished after this opened in late 1991.

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on November 29, 2012 at 11:55 am

No, cineplex odeon owned the theater before it merged with Loews, then it was a loews cineplex before amc took over.

Mikeoaklandpark
Mikeoaklandpark on November 29, 2012 at 11:50 am

Wasn’t this also a GCC theater originally?

markp
markp on November 29, 2012 at 9:52 am

Went to see “Skyfall” last night. I must say the place has changed since it was first built, and I was installing the original screens there. My only complaint was how I could hear the movie from theatre 6 so well. (We were in theatre 5). There were 6 other people in the theatre. Of course we did go to the 5:00 show.

Michael R. Rambo Jr.
Michael R. Rambo Jr. on March 2, 2011 at 9:51 pm

This theatre should have in the “also known” area it’s org. name, of Cineplex Odeon Menlo Park 12.

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on December 22, 2010 at 8:49 pm

An article about the theater now that it is an AMC Fork & Screen location: View link

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on November 15, 2010 at 3:46 pm

This theater will become one of AMC’s Fork & Screen theaters as Dec. 15, 2010: View link

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on October 16, 2010 at 1:58 pm

how’s the conversion going?

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on August 10, 2010 at 12:34 pm

Essex Green will open first, with this theater and Bridgewater to follow.

John Fink
John Fink on June 29, 2010 at 7:12 pm

Due to get a Fork & Screen and Cinema Suite upgrade – I know AMC had plans for this at Bridgewater (I don’t know if those were approved) but it’s a good idea in an over screened area in an upscale mall that is still is as crowded as ever in advance of the Edison Town Center project that will happen down the street. I believe AMC will open a location that Kerastoes had been planning (tragic that Kerastoes won’t be opening one of their Showplace Icon sites). Here’s the article about Menlo:

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moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on November 14, 2009 at 11:45 am

digital projection is now at this theater.

theater01
theater01 on October 18, 2009 at 5:51 am

I worked as a manager in this theater for a few years in the mid 90s and loved working there. I am sad to hear Cineplex went away and that now it is an AMC theater. I liked the spacious environment the theater had and the design. I also worked with a lot of great people there.

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on July 2, 2009 at 4:59 pm

The same company that is building the new theater in Secaucus is also planning to build and open a 16-screen stadium seating Kerasotes theater in Edison. Once that opens, this theater might close.

supermp2
supermp2 on December 7, 2008 at 2:35 pm

Funny enough after saying I’d wouldn’t make a special trip here to see a movie, this become what the tenplex was to me, The place where I go to see movies. I know AMC owns it (and has gone so far to replace the Cineplex Odeon logo ont he marquee with theirs, boo!) but after being used to the CO signage from the tenplex there’s a familiarity there. I saved the interior pictures from the tenplex and confirm thwe insides of thsi theatre are identical, even the carpeting is a close if not exact match.
Unlike the Garden State 16 where parking is a nightmare this mall has three levels of parking. I’ve never once had an issue getting a space.
The other thing I noticed is the same criticisms were leveled at this theatre that were leveled at the tenplex…until people found out it was closing.

supermp2
supermp2 on September 2, 2008 at 4:49 pm

I went to this theatre a couple of weeks ago and enjoyed. I like the fact that it’s throwback with Cineplex Odeon signage/seating. As choices become fewer these days it’s a nice change of pace. I also like that’s located directly across from an arcade in the mall. The closest thing to the tenplex feeling I'be gotten. While it’s too far for me to make a special trip just to see a movie if I’m in the area I’d go.

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on April 22, 2008 at 2:00 pm

Maybe AMC should take a page from Paramus and Rockaway and rebuild the theater as a 16-screen stadium seater with digital sound and picture, in order to spruce up the shopping area.

JackS124
JackS124 on April 21, 2008 at 8:13 pm

I think part of the problem with the Menlo 12 is that it’s showing it’s age, poor theatre design and terrible parking situation. Parking is really limited on the upper parking deck area outside of the theatre with 2 main entrances to mall on that level so it’s mixed shopper and movie-goer parking.

Also, I recently went to the Menlo 12 and was surprised that the theaters and the interior area are looking a bit thread-worn and shabby compared to other theaters. Another factor that may be turning patrons away is the amount of loitering that goes on outside the theaters on the weekends and evenings. Going into the theaters is like running a gauntlet at times with young people hanging around outside the entrance area. On exiting that evening, mall security and Edison Police were breaking up what looked like a scuffle that was occurring 10 feet past the exit to parking deck.

BarryMonush
BarryMonush on March 19, 2008 at 1:05 pm

This cinema seems to have become rather unpopular lately, though it doesn’t seem all that different than in its heyday – unless somebody knows something I don’t. Or is it just an overall decline in cinema attendance these days? I remember having trouble finding a parking space back in the 1990s so popular was this place once. Where have all the patrons gone?

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on February 12, 2008 at 10:14 am

Beowulf was shown in Digital 3-D at this theater. Also worth noting on the theater’s Fandango page is that one of the theaters is THX certified. Is this true? It’s playing “Atonement”. Still a pricey theater, since the price change back in November.

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on June 8, 2007 at 8:01 pm

Just went to this theater to see “Shrek the Third” and I was a bit disappointed. The projection was decent, and the sound was so-so. The seating needs improvement, as there are better theaters around the area (especially around New Brunswick and surrounding cities). This is the only Cineplex Odeon theater remaining in NJ after the Tenplex was closed.

JackS124
JackS124 on December 27, 2005 at 6:20 pm

The Menlo Park 12 started life as Cineplex Odeon when it opened, becoming a Loews Cineplex after the merger.

The Menlo 12 is a hugely popular theater, however not one of my favorites due to its poor theater design. Many of the theaters have “off-center” seating, meaning that the seats are not center aligned to the screen but are in some cases off-set to the left or right.

Also, during its Cineplex Odeon days, the Menlo 12 had the rightful reputation as one of the priciest theaters in Central Jersey, with its limited bargain matinees and high priced evening shows. I remember shortly after its opening that it even charged 50 cents extra for the “butter topping” on popcorn.

timquan
timquan on November 8, 2005 at 5:36 pm

This multiplex opened in December 1991, and is located in the back of the Menlo Park Mall. Originally, this multiplex replaced the old GC-owned Menlo Park Twin Cinema, which was at the corner of Route 1 and Parsonage Road, just a few feet south from the mall. Ironically, the mall complex was torn down and rebuilt into a two-story shopping mall just 9 months before this multiplex opened.