AMC Interchange 30

30 Interchange Way,
Vaughan, ON L4K 5C3

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DavidDymond
DavidDymond on May 26, 2014 at 7:39 pm

CINEPLEX-ODEON are far better operators than AMC was in Canada — They are doing really well with the Yonge-Dundas 24!!

rivest266
rivest266 on May 26, 2014 at 5:02 pm

This was the largest theatre since the Roxy in NYC to close with 5,854 seats. The Roxy had 5,886.

jmarellano
jmarellano on May 11, 2014 at 12:29 pm

AMC lowered the screen count at Covina from 30 to 17. One wing is closed off completely.

When regal took over a 20 plex in San Bernardino they lopped off 6 screens to make it 14.

When AmStar took over the Grand 24, 10 screens were removed. And there are others that lowered screen counts.

Scott Neff
Scott Neff on May 11, 2014 at 12:16 pm

30-plexes have proven too large even for America. Most companies have agreed that anything over 20 is too much, and even then 20 is pushing it. So AMC’s 30-plex building wasn’t a failure only in Canada.

And in many places that AMC put down their 30-plexes, it drove other smaller theatres out of business so it’s not wholly unreasonable for them to think it might’ve done that in this instance. And who knows if it even cost them one cent to build the theatre there, my guess is that developers wanted theatres and may have built the entire thing for them… many chains give it a shot when the deal is sweet enough.

DavidDymond
DavidDymond on May 10, 2014 at 8:39 pm

AMC was arrogant in building a 30 screen theatre directly opposite the Famous Players Colossus (14 screens). 30 screens was too big for the Canadian market. NOWHERE did Cineplex Odeon or Famous Players ever build a 30 screen complex — and now the resultant closing of the AMC interchange 30 is proof of what I said. The Canadian market is too small for a 3rd national chain to be successful.

Scott Neff
Scott Neff on May 10, 2014 at 3:00 pm

I’m sure AMC selling off the Canadian theatres had more to do with the Wanda Corporation not wanting to deal with regulations of buying theatres in TWO separate countries. Didn’t they start selling them BEFORE Wanda bought AMC?

Also — how are theatres in Canada built differently than in America? What would make AMC arrogant about building the same theatre there as in the states? Cineplex Odeon did it for years…

DavidDymond
DavidDymond on May 9, 2014 at 1:05 pm

In choosing this location AMC decided to go head to head with Famous Players Canadian Corporation against the Colossus and it serves them right.

telliott
telliott on May 9, 2014 at 8:39 am

I noticed that too. Too bad things didn’t work out. We went there opening weekend and it was a madhouse! Went there a lot over the years. It used to share big new releases with the Colossus, but eventually that got all the new releases. As David mentioned maybe AMC shouldn’t have entered Canada, but then most of them did have several good years. I had seen films in all of the Toronto area ones except Whitby. It will be interesting to see what becomes of the site, probably more restaurants.

JCharles
JCharles on May 9, 2014 at 7:19 am

Looks like AMC may have finally pulled the plug on this place. As of today (May 9th, 2014), there are no movie listings available anywhere for the theatre and the showtimes phone number (416-335-5323) is no longer working.

If the Interchange 30 has indeed closed, their final line-up was:

2 States, About Last Night, American Hustle, Endless Love, Frozen, Gravity, Her, The LEGO Movie, The Monuments Men, Mr. Peabody & Sherman, Non-Stop, Philomena, Ride Along, 300: Rise of an Empire,

telliott
telliott on October 19, 2013 at 9:56 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 7:42 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 7:24 pm

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

John Fink
John Fink on June 23, 2012 at 10:41 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 3:47 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
John Fink on April 23, 2012 at 11:15 am

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 1:43 am

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

telliott
telliott on April 21, 2012 at 5:14 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 6:31 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 3:29 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 5:54 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 12:44 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
John Fink on December 26, 2011 at 8:00 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 6:24 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 1:32 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 9:53 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.