AMC Neshaminy 24 Theatres
660 Neshaminy Mall,
660 Neshaminy Mall,Bensalem, PA 19020
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As of November 11, 2022, the IMAX Theatre reopened as a “IMAX with Laser st AMC” Theatre, with “Black Panther Wakanda Forever” in Laser IMAX and Laser IMAX 3D.
As of October 3, 2022, the IMAX Theatre is being renovated to become a Laser IMAX Theatre. It is slated to be open in time for Avatar: Way Of The Water
The only AMC’s in the Philadelphia/South & Central area that received Laser IMAX we’re: Cherry Hill 24, Hamilton 24 (since Closed), and New Brunswick 18
I read that starting in 2018 they were starting a rollout to convert 85 IMAX theaters in the USA to 4K Laser Projection. I’m hoping that the Neshaminy 24 is one of them. IMO it would seem like the Neshaminy would be a natural choice for 4K Laser as it’s one of the larger Digital IMAX theaters and has a nice big screen as Digital IMAXs go plus the Neshaminy 24 is apparently one of the highest grossing megaplexes in the US. With the way technology is moving forward, I wonder how soon other companies like Barco, Sony and Christy will start rolling out their own 4K projectors in regular auditoriums? I have read that the new THX Ultimate Cinema may even surpass Dolby Cinema in sound and picture quality.
Neshaminy IMAX has tiered Dolby recliner seating but no Laser projection. Saw Parasite at an IMAX Laser and then at Neshaminy and the Neshaminy showing looked utterly pedestrian by comparison. As for Dolby Cinema at Neshaminy, I was impressed when I first started going (it’s very big and I have no complaints regarding the Atmos sound) but even then I thought it looked dim and a bit washed out compared to standard IMAX showings I’d see at other theaters. Only after attending several other Dolby Cinemas in the area did I realize how poor the lighting is in the auditorium and that it was negatively impacting the screen. Even the standard theaters at AMC Fashion District are superior to the AMC Neshaminy Dolby Cinema.
Hmm….my experiences with the Dolby Cinema have been very positive (except for a showing of Thor Ragnarok where one of the projectors went down with about a half hour to go in the film; we were able to see the rest of the film, but the picture quality really suffered but they did give everyone free passes and let us know what was going on at least). Don’t recall any issues with the house lights, etc. I do like the fact that Neshaminy has the 2.39 to 1 common height screen (unfortunately no side masking for 1.85 to 1). It’s been a little while since I was in the Neshaminy IMAX but I have seen films there since the renovations. Anybody know if they have converted the IMAX from the dual 2K Zenon projectors to the new IMAX single 4K Laser Projection or better yet to the Dual 4K Laser or if there are any plans to do so?
AVOID the AMC Neshaminy Dolby Cinema. Of the four Dolby Cinemas in the Philly metro area, this is easily the largest. Common height screen and good Atmos (though not as good as the new common width Fashion District Dolby). Unfortunately they RUIN the Dolby Cinema experience by making the signature blue Dolby light too bright and keeping most of the house lights on during the ENTIRE FILM. Repeated requests to management and Dolby/AMC representatives to fix this have yielded no improvements. It is obviously not a safety or regulation issue as the IMAX auditorium with tiered Dolby seating at the same theater is kept appropriately dark. Until this is resolved, I recommend paying for a NJ tier membership and going to the common height Dolby at Cherry Hill. It’s not quite as large BUT it is lit properly. I have added a photo to the photo section for illustrative purposes but bear in mind that it only shows a fraction of the problem. There are many more lights left on as you move toward the back of the auditorium.
I just read that the IMAX at the UA King of Prussia is getting dual 4K Laser Projection. I wonder if there are any plans to upgrade the IMAX at the Neshaminy to 4K Laser?
There is new Blue interior lights in the Dolby Cinema. There are pic in the picture section.
There is new exterior signage on the former Sears side that is “Dolby Cinema” and “IMAX” with “AMC” above it. The Boscov’s dide and back of theatre still has “AMC 24” signage.
I still wish the IMAX had been upgraded to dual 4K Laser Projection.
so they upgraded to the new model https://www.pyramid-computer.com/retail-interactive/products/polytouch/polytouch-24-classic.html#py_tab_6
Neshaminy now has Polytouch Box ABO Machines for all Credit and Gift Cards purchases of movie tickets.
So does AMC in Rockaway which is expecting its Dolby in Rockaway to open next month.
Neshaminy now has the Feature Fare food offerings as of 7/24
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.
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, 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.
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.
The Dolby Cinema opens tonite at 8 PM with Baywatch.
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.
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.
You are correct. The Dolby Cinema and IMAX will have special recliners and reserved seating.
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.
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…