AMC Classic Arizona Center 24

565 N. 3rd Street,
Phoenix, AZ 85004

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The AMC Arizona Center 24 opened on March 6, 1998 in downtown Phoenix. An IMAX screen was added in 2008.

Local news sources note that the center was originally owned by the city. With the exit of Gap and Foot Locker the retail portion of the center never lived up to its potential. The food court had to be closed and converted to offices and upscale restaurants were added for the tourist trade.

A later lessee of the center filed for bankruptcy and since 2011 the center has been under the ownership of a well respected REIT. The Phoenix Business Journal quoted the selling real estate agent: “It’s a great property and these people, I think, will make it even better.”

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Recent comments (view all 11 comments)

Zootopialover98 on April 25, 2017 at 2:43 pm

Now AMC Classic Arizona Center

rayman29 on April 25, 2017 at 6:06 pm

I thought AMC would not use the Classic brand on anything with more than 12 screens. Guess I was wrong.

Scott Neff
Scott Neff on April 27, 2017 at 3:07 pm

It’s determined by annual attendance I believe. And if I’m not mistaken, this theatre is a stinker as far as attendance goes.

Scott Neff
Scott Neff on April 27, 2017 at 3:08 pm

Also — some of these AMC 24-30 screens aren’t fully open anymore, often 10 screens are closed down/cordoned off.

Puppygnu on April 28, 2017 at 8:24 pm

I used to go here when I was a little kid. It’s disappointing to see one of my favorite theatres get the AMC Classic branding. At least it hopefully retains its original look and feel, as I haven’t been there since 2008. If it continues to have low attendance, Harkins might be interested in acquiring this theatre.

Puppygnu on April 28, 2017 at 8:31 pm

Also, in Arizona Carmike was unheard of, with only one theatre in the entire state during its existance. I wonder if that theatre gets that branding as well. I wish this would still be just AMC, like it used to be. Scott Neff can you post a list of the 24-30 screen AMC locations that are closed off? I’m pretty sure many AMC 30s have only 17 screens open, with 13 screens closing sometime after enough of those 30 screens receiving digital projection.

Puppygnu on April 28, 2017 at 8:43 pm

If Harkins gets this theatre, I might be more disappointed. I like it as simply AMC. I wish the signage still looks like this (like it used to be) instead of “AMC CLASSIC” alongside a modernized Carmike logo:

amc 24

Also, this could stink in terms of attendance because of paid parking, the fact that the AMC Esplanade 14 Dine-In Theatres (also formerly regular AMC) – as well as some Harkins locations, is only minutes away, and the fact AMC did not remodel this theatre and get recliners in it. I like movie theatres with recliners, but to me, many AMCs that now have recliners seem to be blander than it used to be now that inside they have a common design. Cinemark is also remodeling their theatres in the same vein – even when they get recliners.

rayman29 on April 29, 2017 at 8:13 pm

It sounds like AMC either needs to work to improve this theatres attendance or close it. Giving one of their larger theatres the brand name that’s mostly used on small and medium sized theatres is a way of saying this theatre is a failure, it the name is based on attendance.

Zootopialover98 on April 29, 2017 at 11:08 pm

I think they should not close it because it would be a hige waste of screens

jjaayy123 on May 1, 2017 at 4:33 pm

@puppygnu from what i read there are a few theaters that have one wing closed off. Mesa Grand, Covina, Deer Valley, Palm Promenade.

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