AMC Neshaminy 24 Theatres

660 Neshaminy Mall,
Bensalem, PA 19020

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The AMC Neshaminy 24 Theatres opened in September 18, 1998 at the Neshaminy Mall in the Philadelphia suburbs as one of two theatres with this design, the other being in Spain. Costing $11 million to construct, when it opened it was the largest multiplex movie theatre in Pennsylvania.

This state of the art megaplex has 24 stadium seating theaters with digital surround sound. At the main entry to the mall, are the four largest auditoriums. Originally auditoriums 1 and 24 had about 600 seats and 61 feet wide screens. Auditorium 1 was redone and reopened in August 2008 as a digital IMAX theatre with 529 seats. Auditoriums 2 and 23 have about 400 seats and huge screens. Auditoriums 7 thru 18have fairly large screens. The smallest auditoriums, with about 100 or fewer seats are 3 to 6 and 19 to 22. In 2007, the theatre’s first digital projection arrived for the movie “Zodiac”. As of April 2011, about half the auditoriums had been converted to digital projection.

3 concession stands serve patrons, as the two Metros are located by auditoriums # 1, 2, 23 and 24, and the Uptown is located by auditoriums 7 to 18. When all three concession stands are open, they can serve 2,500 people an hour. This theater replaced a previous AMC Theatre in the mall, the AMC Premier Twin Theatre, which was closed in around 1992/1993. The nearest movie theatres are at Oxford Valley and Franklin Mills.

This theater has been voted by the people of Bucks county (via the Bucks County Courier Times) to be the best theater in the county from 1999 thru 2005. It has been one of the most busiest and profitable movie theatres in the nation since it opened.

Contributed by Michael r. Rambo Jr., Howard B. Haas

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Michael R. Rambo Jr.
Michael R. Rambo Jr. on April 29, 2017 at 8:10 am

You are correct. The Dolby Cinema and IMAX will have special recliners and reserved seating.

Cinedelphia
Cinedelphia on May 26, 2017 at 8:47 am

It is confirmed on the Dolby Cinema and AMC site that Dolby Cinema is coming to the Neshaminy, however I’ve seen nothing official regarding the IMAX upgrading to Laser Projection. Just moving to recliners without Laser Projection in the IMAX does nothing for me.

Cinedelphia
Cinedelphia on May 27, 2017 at 11:55 am

IMAX has re-opened with reserved seating. Going to see new Pirates of The Caribbean there tonight. Nothing on the Neshaminy 24 website regarding Laser Projection. Will know more after tonight. If no Laser Projection I will be disappointed.

Michael R. Rambo Jr.
Michael R. Rambo Jr. on May 27, 2017 at 4:55 pm

The Dolby Cinema opens tonite at 8 PM with Baywatch.

Cinedelphia
Cinedelphia on May 27, 2017 at 7:39 pm

No upgrade to Laser Projection in the IMAX. Same old 2K dual digital projector system. New amped-up sound system (it’s louder, not sure if it’s better). Seating has been redone in a semi-circular amphitheater style with large recliners (the touch controls on mine were balky and only worked intermittently). The new blue lighting is an improvement and there is nothing reflecting on the screen during the show. Other changes appear to be cosmetic including a large blue lit IMAX logo on each side wall. The renovation is OK and it’s still one of the better if not best Digital IMAX theaters in the area but an upgrade to Laser Projection would have really been a significant difference maker. All in all, it now “looks” more like a real IMAX theater than a conversion but in actual function, it’s still just a very good Digital IMAX. Looking forward to checking out the new Dolby Cinema when something I actually want to see opens there. An Ass’t Manager I spoke to, who was also disappointed in not getting the IMAX Laser upgrade told me the Dolby Cinema with the dual laser 4k’s and Atmos Sound is the impressive visual and sound experience he has ever seen other than 70mm IMAX documentaries at the Franklin Institute.

rhunt
rhunt on June 6, 2017 at 11:57 am

Cinedelphia, can you comment on the speaker count in the renovated Imax theater? Imax recently (although very quietly compared to laser projection) updated their surround format to 12 channels versus the old 5. I wonder if Neshaminy updated to the new format? If so there would be speakers on the ceiling now.

Cinedelphia
Cinedelphia on June 6, 2017 at 8:07 pm

That’s a good question. I didn’t think to look for the speakers. The sound was definitely louder or “bigger” than in the past. The Ass’t Manager I had a brief chat with when I was going into the theater as I recall did mention that the sound system had been upgraded. The film, the new Pirates of the Caribbean, was reformatted to fit the taller 1.9 to 1 IMAX screen and the projected image was very bright, sharp and clear (especially for 3D) with no visible pixilation. I am not a big fan of 3D, but I must say that the 3D was excellent for this film and actually an enhancement. Regarding the upgrade to Laser Projection, it might not be up to AMC as IMAX itself apparently calls the shots on a lot of stuff. When I was in London at the BFI IMAX I asked the projectionist if they would be upgrading to Laser and he said that since they still had IMAX 70mm film that IMAX would not do the Laser upgrade.

Cinedelphia
Cinedelphia on July 25, 2017 at 11:56 am

Was very impressed with the Dolby Cinema. The Atmos sound is very immersive and the dual 4k laser projection system achieves levels of detail, clarity and color contrast that gets awfully close to 70mm film. The other nice feature of the Dolby Cinema at the Neshaminy is they kept the 60' wide 2.39 to 1 ratio screen unlike other Dolby Cinema conversions that utilize a 1.85 to 1 screen that displays the ‘scope ratio with bars at the top and bottom. I couldn’t tell if the screen had movable side masking as both films I’ve seen there were 2.39 to 1. The new recliners are a bit narrower than others but were still very comfortable.

Michael R. Rambo Jr.
Michael R. Rambo Jr. on July 26, 2017 at 10:39 am

Neshaminy now has the Feature Fare food offerings as of 7/24

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on July 26, 2017 at 11:17 am

So does AMC in Rockaway which is expecting its Dolby in Rockaway to open next month.

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