AMC Studio 30

12075 S. Strang Line Road,
Olathe, KS 66062

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AMC Studio 30

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The AMC Studio 30 Theatre (originally AMC Olathe Station 30) was one of three new megaplexs to open on December 19, 1997. The other two megaplexes to open that day are AMC Town Center 20 and AMC Barrywoods 24. The name of this theatre when it opened was Olathe Station 30 for the name of the shopping center it was in but the name only lasted about a year and it was renamed to its theme name as Studio 30.

This theatre features 29 screens including one IMAX screen in three themed wings ranging from 100-550 seats. The theatre also features a concession stand in each wing, a small coffee shop in the main wing, an arcade room and plenty of bathrooms areas.

The middle wing of the theatre is Cyberspace themed wing and is where the four biggest screens in the theatre are and where the IMAX screen is, The IMAX screen opened on June 15, 2005 replacing one of the main screens leaving this theatre with three 35 mm main screens. The Cyberspace wing also features brushed-aluminum walls and movie clapper directional signs.

The wing to your left is the Action/Adventure Wing which has 13 screens (and one dark screen), it has bamboo and rock directional signs, color changing eyeballs look at you in the hallways, and has the look of a rain forest.

The wing to your right is the Animation Set Wing with 14 screens, it features ceiling tiles that are supposed to look like clouds in a blue sky but look like giant popcorn instead, and it features blimp directional signs.

Like some of the other 30 plexes in the AMC chain they had darken three of its screens (theatres 1-3) in 2000, because there wasn’t enough product to fill those screens and AMC wanted to see if they could put a restaurant in that spot. But AMC never put a restaurant in that spot and reopened two of those screens (theatres 2 and 3) a couple of years later leaving one of them dark. The one that was left dark was claimed to be used for testing stuff (I don’t know what they’re testing for in a 100 seat theatre) to put in new AMC theatres. To this day theatre 1 is still dark and this theatre continues to operate with 29 screens.

There are two other AMC theatres to use the Studio theme that I know of, the Studio 30 in Houston, TX and AMC Mesquite 30 in Mesquite, TX (Dallas/Fort Worth area).

Contributed by Chris Knight

Recent comments (view all 13 comments)

jmarellano
jmarellano on January 7, 2006 at 2:00 pm

AMC Covina 30 which is of a different design has only about 4500 seats. Most of the auditoriums are only 75-100 seats with 4 in the 250 range, 2 in the 380 range, and 2 in the 500 range.

sawblade5
sawblade5 on February 10, 2006 at 7:34 pm

It appears that they have done away with the IMAX screen and most likely making this back into a regular 35 MM screen or Digital.

sawblade5
sawblade5 on March 23, 2006 at 4:20 pm

And they reopened the IMAX screen. They must of had a problem that took them about a month to fix. Also Screen 2 is the one screen that is dark.

uciseethatuc
uciseethatuc on February 7, 2008 at 5:02 pm

we must have been having problems with the imax projector or there just wasnt an imax print out at the time. we still have a 35 mm projector in the booth but we rarely use it and mostly use it for spare parts that we dont have extra of.

danpetitpas
danpetitpas on October 20, 2008 at 3:37 pm

Here’s an article about the renovations at the theater:

AMC Entertainment Inc. said Friday that the renovated wing of AMC Studio 30 will open to the public Oct. 31.

The Kansas City-based company said in a release that it has transformed an entire wing of the Olathe theater into Fork & Screen, which includes casual, in-theater dining and entertainment; Cinema Suites, an upscale in-theater dining and entertainment option; and MacGuffins, a bar and lounge area. AMC Studio 30 is the first AMC location in the country to feature all three test concepts under one roof.

“The Fork & Screen test concept transcends anything our guests have seen before, and we look forward to everyone in our hometown experiencing this flagship location,” AMC Entertainment CEO Peter Brown said in the release.

Fork & Screen will feature eight auditoriums reserved for customers 18 and older and minors accompanied by a parent or guardian. Customers 21 and older can upgrade to one of three Cinema Suites auditoriums featuring reserved seating.

Needy
Needy on March 4, 2009 at 7:50 pm

A very nice theater. Watch out for teen friendly flicks as we actually left without watching the movie we were going to pay for as it was very loud.

It’s hard to imagine – Olathe KS has a NEED for 30 screens? Very impressive nonetheless. I especially liked how you could pay for your popcorn and soda, get a printout ticket of it, and walk to an express lane to get it without waiting. Very nice!

KingBiscuits
KingBiscuits on September 23, 2010 at 5:02 am

Olathe is a suburb of Kansas City (of which the metropolitan area is full of megaplexes). AMC just wants to serve their homebase with a large theatre. And the theatre actually has 29 screens.

I saw one movie here last year, Paranormal Activity (while it was still in limited release). Played pretty well in the 600+ seat auditorium it was showing in.

KingBiscuits
KingBiscuits on November 28, 2010 at 5:05 am

I saw Buried last month in one of the small auditoriums (it was the only theatre in Kansas City running it). The auditorium had digital projection (as with most, if not all auditoriums there) and leather (possibly pleather, but still) seats, amazingly enough. Despite several people walking out after 30 minutes (the film was an arthouse drama rather than the horror film it was promoted as), it was a great theatre experience.

Michael R. Rambo Jr.
Michael R. Rambo Jr. on August 26, 2014 at 10:45 pm

Theatres #2 to 6 are pure “Fork & Screen” Theatres, and Theatres #7 to 12 are a combination of “Fork & Screen” and “Cinema Suites” Theatres, with 3 of these theatres are the Cinema Suites. i don’t know which auditorium numbers.

OCRon
OCRon on November 17, 2014 at 3:57 pm

Hollis Miller Architects and Lickel Architecture share credit for the conversion into the Fork & Screen. It is on both of their portfolios, with photos.

Hollis Miller Architects

Lickel Architecture

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