AMC Interchange 30

30 Interchange Way,
Vaughan, ON L4K 5C3

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telliott
telliott on October 19, 2013 at 10:56 pm

Who says we didn’t understand it David? I just said I preferred the AMCs to others. Nothing to not understand about it…

DavidDymond
DavidDymond on October 19, 2013 at 8:42 pm

Look folks you need to understand a few things about AMC coming into the Canadian market. First off the Canadian market is very mature and was divided up years ago, there was absolutely NO chance for a 3rd large chain in the smaller tough Canadian market. Secondly. when AMC entered Canada, they hired a former executive of Famous Players to choose the locations for their new cinemas. They most always were put in locations head to head against Famous Players Canadian Corp. Thirdly, AMC was arrogant enough to build their theatres exactly like America, not considering that Canada is different in many ways. They DID NOT consider that Canada is a much much tougher country to operate in than United States. Finally, in Canada Famous Players and Cineplex Odeon had all the booking power unlike AMC, so AMC wasn’t able to get the best films like FPCC and Cineplex Odeon. THE LONG AND THE SHORT OF THIS WAS THAT AMC SHOULD NEVER NEVER HAVE ENTERED CANADA. When AMC was bought by the Asians, the very first thing they did was close or sell off their Canadian theatres. I hope you understand this now!!

Trolleyguy
Trolleyguy on October 19, 2013 at 8:24 pm

Now down to 13 screens, showing a variety of art, Hindi, and second-run films.

John Fink  (www.johnfinkfilms.com)
John Fink (www.johnfinkfilms.com) on June 23, 2012 at 11:41 pm

I’m guessing this one is slated to close with the sale of the AMC Ventures to Cineplex – and this complex not getting picked up by Empire or Cineplex (along with Kennedy Commons – which from pictures almost looks like a Cineplex Odeon build). AMC really isn’t putting effort into programing this place, none of the first run features out this weekend are showing. If anything AMC leaving the market leaves only two major players in the whole country (three in QB) – I’m surprised that they were allowed to purchase AMC but given the lack of another player with the capital to acquire these theaters (many of which do sound as if they are loosing money – if Cineplex paid only a “nominal fee” to AMC as they claim in press releases). This allows Cineplex the programing muscle in Toronto (they certainly used their leverage to keep Scotibank heavy with first run films).

Cineplex seems to be a well run company and diverse company (they operate in areas other than cinematic exhibition) that knows their markets well – they build selectively (unlike AMC’s carbon copy model – at least they had the common sense to build indoor box-offices in Canada), on one hand it makes sense they’ve succeeded, it’s just disturbing that there is no stronger independent operators in Ontario beyond a handful of Magic Lantern/Rainbow locations.

telliott
telliott on April 23, 2012 at 4:47 pm

Yes, it’s really too bad John. I much prefer the AMCs to the others that Cineplex Entertainment offers, they’ve been in Canada about 13, 14 yrs now, too bad we have fewer choices that we used to.

John Fink  (www.johnfinkfilms.com)
John Fink (www.johnfinkfilms.com) on April 23, 2012 at 12:15 pm

I’m not sure what AMC’s longterm plans are for the Canadian market, there hasn’t been a wide commitment to digital projection apart from Younge & Dundas which opened as “all digital” (it does have some 35MM used at TIFF). I saw a film at the Winston Churchill and was taken back by the lack of pre-film ads (not a complaint but unusual), the fact my Stubs card wasn’t valid (They did give the movie watchers price however) and how little staff there was (maybe about 10 people on the floor between box office and concessions for a 24-plex on a Saturday afternoon). But AMC is in an odd position should it want to get out of Canada, maybe Empire can right size them.

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on April 23, 2012 at 2:43 am

There are some pictures of the theater on this webpage. Click on each to enlarge.

telliott
telliott on April 21, 2012 at 6:14 pm

Well, my wife went to a movie here today and she said that once inside, there is a wall completely closing off the whole large lobby that was straight ahead including the large concession area as well as all of the 4 largest theatres from the lobby and the whole northern wing of theatres. You now just go to the right wing to the theatres down there with the concession at the end of the hallway. So don’t know what the heck is going on with this place. It’s a shame too, because I much preferred this place to the loud, garish Colossus across the highway, but now that one gets all the major 1st run releases and this one is relegated to the odd 1st run and mostly older films that have played out. For the first 12 yrs or so, the Interchange and Colossus both got initial blockbusters upon release but something sure changed in early 2011. It is so ironic since in the 80’s the then small Cineplex chain went to court to get better 1st run product from then majors Canadian Odeon and Famous Players and now Cineplex Entertainment is doing the same to AMC.

rivest266
rivest266 on March 23, 2012 at 7:31 pm

AMC also has some booking trouble with the cinemas in Montreal at the Forum, but they still invested with an IMAX and ETX screen. All 22 of its screens are being used.

In 1998 Cinemas Guzzo opened an 10-plex in DDO near Montreal, they got one one blockbuster in 5 of its screens and the rest second-run. Guzzo sued and within weeks they got everything they want. Maybe AMC should sue Cineplex.

telliott
telliott on March 3, 2012 at 4:29 pm

Doesn’t it seem odd that the Colossus across the highway gets ALL the new attractions? Oh sure the Interchange gets a few here and there but not nearly as many as they used to. What changed? Maybe if it got a few more of the big blockbusters when released then they wouldn’t have had to close half the theatres. Kind of ironic since Cineplex once sued to get more product all those years ago.

rivest266
rivest266 on December 30, 2011 at 6:54 pm

Also AMC Covina 30 is down to 17 screens. The Colossus across the way is now Canada’s largest cinema.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on December 26, 2011 at 1:44 pm

30 screens,it is just insane,this world was much better off with one and two screens Theatres.Hell. today they[moviegoers} are nothing but cattle,Glad I got in 1983.

John Fink  (www.johnfinkfilms.com)
John Fink (www.johnfinkfilms.com) on December 26, 2011 at 9:00 am

The Hollywood Reporter had an article regarding AMC’s Canadian operations, many of which from my experience in the GTA had to share movies with Cineplex. To say they have over capacity would be a misstatement, last time I was at a Canadian AMC (for Breakaway) last October – I noticed how little effort they put into running the place, for a 24-plex they had no expanded menu apart from ice cream, one of their large houses was entirely closed off. As far as I can tell they also didn’t have gift cards (they were running a trailer tag for “AMC Gift Certificates” from the 1990’s) and apart from a few digital installs this location was 35MM (AMC has converted many of the sites they’re planning on begin in for the long term to all digital). They also haven’t introduced their bar/fork and screen concept either to Canada – whereas Cineplex/Famous Players had been leading on expanded concessions.

I know Cineplex can’t really grow any more to buy AMC (and perhaps even AMC closing would present an issue of Cineplex were to want to open a new complex). In the US a lot of these big AMCs that they weren’t renewing their leases on were bought up by other operators who came in and “right-sized” them, including their first megaplex the Grand 24. Empire it would appear would be the only one that could pull this off unless another exhibitor wanted to enter Canada (though I feel as if Cineplex is dominant and any exhibitor would have an issue competing directly with them). I wouldn’t appear though that the big US exhibitors are interested – Regal has a few on the border, Cinemark withdrew from Canada, and Carmike and Rave have no international operations.

Jason Whyte
Jason Whyte on December 26, 2011 at 7:24 am

Even as of December, they are still on about 13-14 of their screens. Likely because the cost of booking/operating 30-35 movies in this day and age would put this location in the red.

I know AMC wants out of Canada and this 30 screen could probably be re-done with a much smaller screen count. Calling Empire Theatres!!! ;)

telliott
telliott on August 12, 2011 at 2:32 pm

Well after all these months, they are still showing films in about half of their screens, so I guess this is ongoing. Another thing I’ve noticed is that they never seem to get the big blockbusters that they used to get. Always shared them with the Colossus across the highway, but now the Interchange seems to get mainly second run. Which is a shame, because personally I like the Interchange better. Not nearly as noisy or as garish as the Colossus.

Jason Whyte
Jason Whyte on April 13, 2011 at 10:53 am

I just noticed this too…I DO know that in the US, AMC has converted a lot of their 24-30 screen locations into Fork & Screen complexes. This just looks like they have closed an entire wing of cinemas off. Very strange.

qwo06
qwo06 on April 7, 2011 at 1:07 am

There is a possibility that A.M.C. maybe struggling against the Cineplex across the highway since the Colossus got the Imax and UltraA.V.X.

telliott
telliott on April 6, 2011 at 12:18 pm

Don’t know what’s going on with this theatre. For the past couple of weeks, they’ve only been showing about a dozen films and only from about 3 in the afternoon. So obviously about half of their screens are closed. Doesn’t mention anything on the AMC website about renovations etc.