AMC Orange Park 24
1910 Wells Road,
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One year after the Orange Park Mall opened, the Orange Park Five Theaters opened in the summer of 1976 with "The Omen", "Logan’s Run", “Food of the Gods” and Walt Disney’s "Peter Pan" in two theaters. "The Outlaw Josey Wales" replaced Peter Pan in one of the theaters the second week the theater was open.
This was the first theater in the Jacksonville, Florida area with more than two screens. It also presented the smallest theater auditoriums that had ever been encountered by movie patrons in this area. Auditorium 5 had only about eighty-five seats! The screen was about the size of some you see in church and school auditoriums today. A huge mural of Marilyn Monroe caught your eye as you entered the lobby. The concession was set up to serve movie goers, as well as mall patrons who wanted a treat, but not a movie.
The theater was located at the mall entrance near the Morrison’s and Orphan Annie’s Restaurants. Due to the fact that the mall placed size limits on signs, you had to look hard to find the theater from the outside. Small black letters spelled out "Orange Park Five Theaters". No movie posters were allowed on the outside of the building. In 1977, "Star Wars" played there for 32 weeks after playing for 27 weeks at the Kingsley Twin down the road!
In the late 1990’s, the theatre expanded to the outside of the mall with a Twenty-Four Screen Mega Theater. Having seen a number of theaters (Village Cinema, Kingsley Twin, UA Movies of Orange Park, General Cinema Four) come and go from the small town of Orange Park, this AMC Theater has been the reining champ for over thirty years now!
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