AMC Neshaminy 24 Theatres

660 Neshaminy Mall,
Bensalem, PA 19020

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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.

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 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.

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 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.

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.

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 on March 19, 2017 at 10:17 am

Thanks for the update. At least they aren’t doing the old 70’s slice and dice. From a business point of view, it does make sense. From what I have read, Neshaminy is one of AMC’s top grossing mulitplexes. Theater #24 is perfect for Dolby Cinema with its' 60ft wide screen and 500 plus seating capacity. From what I understand, Dolby Cinema includes dual 4k Laser Projection along with Dolby’s vaunted Atmos Sound System. So now you can demand a premium ticket price for your other big flagship auditorium. I am guessing that because of the addition of Dolby Cinema, the IMAX would need to be upgraded to Laser Projection and the sound enhancements that go along with that so as not to be viewed as “inferior”. I would also assume that recliners (and reserve seating) would also be part of the “upgrades” for both auditoriums.

HulkieD on March 18, 2017 at 10:06 pm

They aren’t cutting anything up. I spoke to a manager on duty when I went to see Logan tonight. IMAX is getting upgraded but they wouldn’t specify in what way (do they need to close the whole auditorium for three months for just laser projection?), and 24 is indeed being converted to Dolby Cinema. Which is the one “premium” experience I’d pay money for…

Cinedelphia on March 11, 2017 at 5:16 pm

I really hope they are not cutting up those two big auditoriums into more screens…that would be an absolute travesty. One would hope that at a big grossing location like Neshaminy they would be upgrading the IMAX to Laser Projection and theater #24 to “Dolby Cinema”. I don’t see what the advantage of converting existing auditoriums into more smaller screens accomplishes and I wouldn’t think they would get rid of the IMAX. Again it is troubling that they are so silent about what is going on.

hondo on March 11, 2017 at 3:17 pm

The former Premiere Theater was located within the Modell’s Sporting Goods store. If you look closely, you can see the tapered walls as it neared the screen in the rear of the store.

Cinedelphia on March 9, 2017 at 5:52 pm

Hmm….12 weeks is a long time. The only thing I can think of would be an upgrade to laser projection, new sound system, and a general sprucing up (new seats, etc)? I don’t know if a different screen is needed for laser projection but that is possible. The present IMAX screen at Neshaminy is one of the larger screens in a converted theater (I’m guessing around 64' wide) and I don’t see how they could go any larger in the existing space unless the auditorium was completely gutted and reconstructed with a new screen constructed on what would be one of the side walls in the present configuration along with raising the roof height. Whatever is being done, you would think that they would publicize any kind of renovations or improvements.

Zootopialover98 on October 10, 2016 at 12:53 pm

I think the reason why he does not have those grand opening ads is mainly because the Miami newspapers are not digitalized

Zootopialover98 on October 10, 2016 at 6:56 am

I’ll just try to find them myself

Zootopialover98 on October 10, 2016 at 6:55 am

Well moving on from grand opening ads

rivest266 on October 9, 2016 at 5:43 am

September 18th, 1998 grand opening ad in photo section.

Michael R. Rambo Jr.
Michael R. Rambo Jr. on July 31, 2016 at 9:03 pm

The MacGuffins Bar & Lounge opens every day around 1PM, and closes when the theatre closes.

Michael R. Rambo Jr.
Michael R. Rambo Jr. on May 31, 2016 at 6:57 pm

The MacGuffins Bar & Lounge is set to open by the end of June, 2016

Michael R. Rambo Jr.
Michael R. Rambo Jr. on May 16, 2016 at 7:32 pm

AMC Neshaminy 24 is getting an MacGuffins Bar

Michael R. Rambo Jr.
Michael R. Rambo Jr. on March 26, 2016 at 5:24 pm

AMC Neshaminy 24 now has the Coca-Cola Freestyle machines

Cinedelphia on December 26, 2015 at 5:48 pm

I sort of get what you mean about the problem with the top masking. It would be quite the understatement (and stating the obvious) that 70mm Ultra Panavision isn’t exactly a good match for a 200 seat multiplex auditorium with a 25' wide 1.85 to 1 screen with top masking for scope. I would think that a 2.39 to 1 screen, even a moderately sized one would have been a better match. Hopefully as digital technology moves forward (I’ve read that Arri now has a 6k camera that has a sensor larger than a 5-perf 65mm film frame and Panavision is working on a digital camera that allegedley will get in the ballpark of 65mm film) we may see a format that will work in the modern multiplex. With home screens getting bigger, better and more affordable everyday it will be needed.

markp on December 26, 2015 at 12:58 pm

The only problem with using the top down masking would be that you would have lost a lot of the side of the frame. 70MM is supposed to look like a piece of ribbon on the screen. Wide and stretched out. And its funny you mention “Far and Away.” That was the last 70mm I ran until this week.

Cinedelphia on December 26, 2015 at 8:10 am

Thanks markp. It’s great to hear from someone who really has knowledge. All the auditoriums at AMC Neshaminy 24 were 35mm at one time and all the rooms have more than one port in the booths so it definately sounds like spin that they couldn’t use any of the big rooms. IMO, they just didn’t want to compromise the “Star Wars” receipts. With regards to the screen masking, I was befuddled as to why they chose not to use the existing movable top masking to at least mask down to 2.4 to 1 which would have significantly cut down on the empty unmasked screen left below the 2.76 to 1 frame. IMO it just really took alot away from the presentation having over a third of the screen unmasked. A small area below the frame would have been much more acceptable. I had considered going to see it at the UA/Regal 17 Riverview Plaza (they actually had 70mm capacity before digital took over; saw “Far and Away” in 70mm there and it looked fabulous) but the Neshaminy is a bit more convenient.

markp on December 26, 2015 at 6:43 am

I have two comments to make Cinedelphia. One, I am one of 2 projectionists at the Regal E Walk in NYC for the 70mm run. No theatre is equipped for top and bottom masking as no one has used 70 in years. Lenses were all built brand new for this movie. And as far as the equipment couldnt fit, thats BS. If they ran 35 in this theatre they can run 70. Same size equipment. AMC has been having issues all over. They lost a show at Lincoln Square. My theatre has had the best reviews in NYC. And we are showing it in the second largest house in the complex.

Cinedelphia on December 25, 2015 at 7:12 pm

Changed my avatar name to “Cinedelphia” from HowardB so as not to be confused with HowardBHaas. Anyway, went to see the 70mm Ultra Panavision “Roadshow” Engagement of Tarantino’s “The Hateful Eight” today at Neshaminy. I liked the film itself but what I really want to comment on is the presentation (which was a mixed bag). First the positives: despite the age and cobbled together nature of the old 70mm projectors and 70mm anamorphic lenses that needed to be scrounged for these presentations the projection was bright, jitter free, with the ultra sharp detailed image and depth of field one would expect from real 70mm. No focus problems, etc. There was some damage evident at times on either the right or left edge of the frame (two or three lines) but it was not a distraction and again considering the age , etc of the equipment, understandable. The film was also framed at the proper 2.76 to 1 aspect ratio. Now the negatives: IMO this was a wasted opportunity to see real 70mm. AMC opted to show the film in a 200 seat auditorium with about a 25' wide screen instead of one of the 40' or 50' wide screened large rooms. What compounded the problem was that the auditorium has a 1.85 to 1 screen that has top masking for scope and for whatever reason (could have been some technical reason related to the throw of the 70mm projector) they opted not use use the masking at all and just project the 2.76 to 1 image from the top of the screen down leaving the bottom of the screen empty and the bottom edge of the frame looking a bit blurred and frayed. This definately took away from the impact of the projected image and was a bit distracting to say the least. I did ask one of the Ass’t Managers why they didn’t retro fit one of the large rooms for 70mm (which would have made sense,specifically Auditorium #24 which has a 60'wide 2.39 to 1 screen and side masking) his response was odd, he claimed that the 70mm projector would not fit in the booth…..and then went on the extoll the virtues of the auditorium it was shown in….sounded like spin to me. After giving it some thought, the real reason could be that the theater may have a contractual obligation to show the new “Star Wars” in the largest four auditoriums for the first two weeks of its engagement (not uncommon practice for big event films). Anyway, I don’t regret shelling out the extra bucks despite the shortcomings. What really hit home was the loss of the Boyd and what a perfect venue a restored Boyd would have been for a special, unique engagement like this. If anyone else has seen the 70mm “Roadshow” of Hateful Eight at other venues I’d love to hear of your experience.