AMC Neshaminy 24 Theatres

660 Neshaminy Mall,
Bensalem, PA 19020

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Cinedelphia
Cinedelphia on December 26, 2015 at 8:48 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
markp on December 26, 2015 at 3:58 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
Cinedelphia on December 26, 2015 at 11:10 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
markp on December 26, 2015 at 9:43 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
Cinedelphia on December 25, 2015 at 10:12 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.

Michael R. Rambo Jr.
Michael R. Rambo Jr. on August 16, 2015 at 8:50 pm

New concession video menu boards added to the Uptown stand and the Metropolis stand by Theatres #23 & 24 this past Thursday, August 13, 2015.

Michael R. Rambo Jr.
Michael R. Rambo Jr. on October 1, 2014 at 10:04 pm

Interstellar will be shown here starting Friday November 7 in 4k digital and 2k IMAX

Cinedelphia
Cinedelphia on February 5, 2014 at 10:48 pm

Went to see “American Hustle” on New Years Day and while I was excited that I would be seeing the film in one of the “big” rooms (aud #24) I was a bit disappointed by the presentation. While the digital projection was razor sharp, the screen masking was incorrect. I don’t know why, but the masking was set at approx 2.0 to 1 as opposed to the proper 2.40 to 1 (it was very obvious as you could see the projected image through the masking). I have seen many 2.40 to 1 scope films in aud 24 and the masking was always correct. I let the staff know…but of course nothing was done (I don’t think they would know the difference)…hopefully just a bad day.

Michael R. Rambo Jr.
Michael R. Rambo Jr. on December 17, 2013 at 5:10 pm

IMAX 3D version of The Hobbit: The Desoliation of Smaug is playing at the Neshaminy 24, along with the Real D 3D version, and the 2D version.

Michael R. Rambo Jr.
Michael R. Rambo Jr. on December 20, 2012 at 1:16 am

AMC Neshaminy 24, along with AMC Hamilton 24, AMC Loews Cherry Hill 24, AMC Loews Freehold 14, and aMC Loews Monmouth Mall 15 to open “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” in High Frame Rate 3D.

Theatres #3 through 22 have the Sony 4K Digital Projectors.

HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on September 30, 2012 at 9:28 am

Anyone know if projectors here are 2k or 4k? Lawrence of Arabia will show Thursday only but if I attend, I want the 4k.

Michael R. Rambo Jr.
Michael R. Rambo Jr. on February 23, 2012 at 3:49 pm

As of today, AMC Neshaminy 24 is now “All Digital”, with Theatres 3, 8-11, 14, 20-21 going digital the week of February 13 to 16, and Theatres #2 and 22 on February 21, and Theatre #24 on February 22

Michael R. Rambo Jr.
Michael R. Rambo Jr. on July 18, 2011 at 9:37 pm

This past Thursday, July 14, had “Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part 2” in various formats, on 23 screens, breaking the record of 16 screens for “Star Wars Episode III: Revenge Of The Sith”

Michael R. Rambo Jr.
Michael R. Rambo Jr. on April 12, 2011 at 11:29 am

This week at Neshaminy, the following theaatres are going “Digital”: Theatres #4, 5, 6, 12, 15, 16, 17, 19, and 23. It will bring a grand total of 12 Digital Theatres and Digital IMAX to Neshaminy 24

Michael R. Rambo Jr.
Michael R. Rambo Jr. on September 28, 2010 at 5:19 pm

It was actually the neon light fixture in the “Neshaminy Mall 6” sign. That sign belongs to Neshaminy Mall, and not to the theatre.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on July 24, 2010 at 9:48 pm

We have a Regal 20 plex here in AUgusta that advertises itself as an IMAX theatre,but locals that have seen films there say iT IS NOT IMAX.Why do they let themselves sell IMAX when some of the moviegoers that see films there say it is not IMAX ?

Cinedelphia
Cinedelphia on January 17, 2010 at 4:44 pm

I’ve seen two “IMAX” films at Neshaminy, Transformers II and Avatar in IMAX 3D. I know that the Digital IMAX format has come under fire as a rip-off. However, after seeing it twice I look at it a little differently. First of all, it’s not real IMAX and the screen is only about 15% larger than before the IMAX conversion. What is impressive is the superb sound and clarity and sharp focus of the digital projection. The reality is, true IMAX wasn’t meant for regular theatrical films. If anybody has seen IMAX at both the Neshaminy and the UA King of Prussia (which has real 70mm IMAX) I’d love to know how they compared. I have heard horror stories of 2.35 films cropped to 1.85 for 70mm IMAX showings.

Michael R. Rambo Jr.
Michael R. Rambo Jr. on October 14, 2009 at 1:58 pm

Today, at AMC Neshaminy 24, they are installing a third digital projector. This is one of the new Sony 4K projectors. This, along with the Christie projector, and the Digital IMAX, will make moviegoing even better.

xxmonniexx
xxmonniexx on April 15, 2009 at 7:50 pm

heyy guys.
thanks for showing me that pic of outside the theatre, but id rather see one inside the imax theater. if anyone is going, can u please post or send me the pic. thanks

lupefransis
lupefransis on April 9, 2009 at 4:13 pm

They’re putting in an Imax in this megaplex!

lupefransis
lupefransis on April 9, 2009 at 4:12 pm

The Screens are much bigger here than at AMC Franklin mills 14
Heres the front of this theater on the inside of the mall:
http://flickr.com/photos/12676573@N07/2760836513/

Michael R. Rambo Jr.
Michael R. Rambo Jr. on March 30, 2009 at 7:51 pm

This past weekens, AMC Neshaminy 24, like many other IMAX and Digital 3D theatres, has “Monsters vs. Aliens 3D” and “Monsters vs. Aliens: An IMAX 3D Experience” playing and selling out.

xxmonniexx
xxmonniexx on January 22, 2009 at 4:21 pm

can anyone show me some pictures from inside the imax theatre in amc neshaminy 24?

Michael R. Rambo Jr.
Michael R. Rambo Jr. on January 4, 2009 at 1:14 am

It is worth seeing movies in the Digital IMAX Theatre (aka House #1). The seating is now at 529, down from 617 seats.