Atco Multiplex Cinemas

178 White Horse Pike,
Atco, NJ 08004

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Atco Multiplex Cinemas

The Atco Multiplex Cinemas is on White Horse Pike, at the intersection of Routes 30 and 73. The theatre is in South Jersey, in the Philadelphia suburbs and was built on part of the site of the Atco Drive-In, which closed in September 1989. The Atco Multiplex Cinemas was opened December 13, 1991 and was operated by National Amusements.

They closed the first-run Atco Multiplex Cinemas on September 2, 2009. It was demolished by 2011.

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Crazy Bob Madara
Crazy Bob Madara on September 28, 2009 at 12:17 pm

The foot print of the Atco drive-in is still behind the Multi-Plex. Saw it on google earth.

..Hey, I used to work @ Atco Raceway as a part time announcer. ..NITRO BURNING FUNNY CARS!

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on July 21, 2010 at 1:57 pm

Had the Atco survive into this decade, it would’ve gotten digital projection and 3d.

Jersey_Mike
Jersey_Mike on October 4, 2011 at 4:46 am

When I drive by the site in July the multiplex has been completely demolished :–( When it opened I remember that having 14 screens at one theatre was just beyond belief.

Totally500
Totally500 on June 22, 2012 at 5:11 am

I used to go to that theater a lot saw lots of movies there i was crushed when it was closed. all the memories. now i go to AMC Marlton 8 in my town for seeing movies. Hope someday it will bring it back

TomSienk
TomSienk on March 27, 2014 at 9:07 pm

Atco Drive In Theatre is an early memory in my 64yr life. I watched it being built in 1956. My late Dad owned a tavern called Sadler’s Tavern two doors down on the White Horse Pike in 1955- 1957. I vividly remember walking back to the observe the screen being constructed and My dad and mom bringing me and my two brothers to see Creature From The Black Lagoon. I played on the swings and monkey bars while waiting for the darkness to start the movie. In 1972 while stationed at Fort Dix I brought a date to the still functioning drive-in with two bottles of bones farm strawberry hill. I did not watch the movie.

rivest266
rivest266 on June 26, 2016 at 12:50 pm

This opened on December 13th, 1991. Grand opening ad and aerial photo in photo section.

ridethectrain
ridethectrain on September 19, 2020 at 11:49 am

Please update, theatre closed September 2,2009

joejones
joejones on January 31, 2021 at 5:45 am

Spent many years working on the hvac systems on the roof. Very friendly employees at the Multiplex. One particularly harsh winter I had to borrow a snow shovel from management to dig out the exhaust units for the projectors on the roof. Good times.

joejones
joejones on January 31, 2021 at 5:52 am

In response to a question about why Atco closed, I do know there was a mold problem in the theater. Probably the result of the building sitting lower than the parking lot. I remember over a period of a couple of years, the parking lot was dug up to install drainage pits. Must have taken a lot of gummy worms to pay for that upgrade.

joejones
joejones on January 31, 2021 at 6:08 am

Speaking of gummy worms, most of the revenue generated at the Multiplex was from the concession area. Soda, popcorn, they had bulk containers that sold items like sno caps, milk duds, and gummy candy. They made very little from selling tickets. I can recall seeing large lawn bags full of popcorn lining the hallway on the 2nd floor office area. Often wondered why they were there, but many ended up in the dumpster behind the theater. What I wouldn’t give to be able to go back just for a day, maybe in the spring, to do my maintenance routine on the hvac equipment on the roof. Had a great view of the Patco speedline and the old Owens-Corning water tower from that vantage point. Oh well, they say you can never go back.

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