AMC Magic Johnson Harlem 9
2309 Frederick Douglass Boulevard,
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AMC Theatres (Official)
Operated by: AMC Theatres
Previously operated by: Loews Cineplex, Magic Johnson Theatres
Functions: Movies (First Run)
This Magic Johnson nine-plex inside the Harlem USA shopping complex was a ray of hope for this neglected but improving low income neighborhood when it opened on June 30, 2000 without the expected presence of Mayor Gulliani, who snubbed the project.
Featuring all-stadium seating, all digital sound, and ticket prices to match any other Manhattan multiplex, it has had a rough going with non-genre films even though it is the only theatre in the area.
In the summer of 2008 the entrance area glass looked like it had never been cleaned and half a block away, in front of the Apollo Theatre, you could buy pirated DVD’s of the films current playing from two different vendors. Although such vendors have been actively eliminated from most other Manhattan streets, Harlem is apparently still being neglected.
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Exterior photos from AMC Magic Johnson Harlem 9 February 2012.
One thing to note, unlike almost every other multiplex there is hardly any variation in the capacity amd screen size of the auditoriums. If you want to see a movie late in the run, this unheralded uptown theare may well provide the biggest screen on which to see it. Around 260 seats, I believe, in every one of the 12 auditoriums.
Seating capacities at this theater (via Fandango’s reserved seating service):
Theater 1 – 282 seats
Theater 2 – 298 seats
Theaters 3 & 4 – 281 seats
Theater 5 – 284 seats
Theaters 6, 7, & 8 – 290 seats
Theater 9 – 277 seats
Does anyone have any idea about what the relationship is like now between AMC and Magic Johnson, if any? With AMC dropping LOEWS and other names leftover from other chains, I wonder if Magic Johnson will be dropped too, assuming they are are allowed to do so.
The partnership was dissolved some time ago, with AMC solely in charge of any remaining Magic Theatre locations. Magic Johnson has nothing to do with the running of any locations that remain, so one can assume they will be re-branded to AMC. Another sub brand that Loews Cineplex used was Star Theatres in the Michigan market, those are all goners too with the re-branding.
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Dolby cinema was installed at this theater a few weeks ago with the release of Skyscraper.
Exterior and interior images taken by patrons of the Magic Johnson multiplex can be viewed here