AMC Dine-In Fashion District 8

1001 Market Street,
Philadelphia, PA 19107

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Aud 4, 12-2-19 by James Fennell of Philadelphia

With its own entrance on the corner of 11th Street and Filbert Street, the AMC Dine-In Fashion District 8 opened on November 4, 2019. Located on the 3rd floor (top floor) of the shopping mall that used to be known as the Gallery, and is now the Fashion District in City Center East, Philadelphia. The roof of the shopping mall had to be raised to accommodate the theatre. The two largest auditoriums are ‘premium’ experiences, which are the Prime screen (auditorium #5 with 159 seats) and the Dolby screen (auditorium #1 with 148 seats) which has Dolby Vision projection and Dolby Atmos surround sound as well as seats that pulsate. Auditorium #2 has 58 seats, #3 has 105 seats, #4 has 109 seats, #6 has 49 seats, #7 has 103 seats and #8 has 139 seats. All the screens have laser projection, assigned seating, and plush, reclining, heated seats.

This theatre is the 1st multiplex for mainstream movies ever built in downtown Philadelphia, after many years of announcements by various movie theatre operators of other sites that did not come to fruition.

Movie theatres for mainstream movies had been on Market Street east of Broad Street for decades, but with the exception of the Earle Theatre (demolished in 1953) most of those theatres had gone into 2nd or 3rd run by or during the Great Depression. In recent decades, moviegoers attended mainstream movie theatres that were mostly on Market Street and Chestnut Street west of Broad Street until the last large theatre, the Sameric (Boyd) Theatre closed in 2002.

Contributed by Howard B. Haas

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alps
alps on November 17, 2019 at 1:39 pm

have mixed emotions about this theater, on the one hand I am happy that East Market Street has once again come alive. I work in hospitality for a nonprofit, when I meet our clients, they are very impressed with the city, some prefer it to New York, and they are fascinated by City Hall. The AMC Fashion District is marketed to millennials, who flood the bars and other attractions at night, the city has a lot riding on the success of the Fashion District. Downtown is going through a change homelessness and roaming juveniles continue to be a problem, this theater along with the arcade, may be a lightning rod for a lot of foolishness. I am looking forward to visiting the theater, if security is in effect to keep people from sneaking into the other screening rooms, a problem with the old Sameric. The price is also a concern it seems to be different than other AMC theaters, higher. My other concern is how this will affect the Philadelphia Film Center, the AMC as is PFC, is showing both Frozen II and Star Wars, PFC is marketed as the largest screen in Philadelphia, but AMC is more up to date. PFC releys on these films to run it’s programming, what will happen now, along with the Ritz Theaters, will have to be seen, since AMC will get first crack at any new release, for example, The Good Lier, is showing at AMC Fashion District, the Ritz Theater would have been a better choice for a movie marketed to the over 55 crowd. The is still some work to do in that section the theater is in, I am hoping that this will succeed, our convention business is up, almost every one in the world wants to see the Rocky steps and the Reading Terminal, when the Fashion District comes to full flourishing, in the Spring will be the big test.

Mikeoaklandpark
Mikeoaklandpark on November 18, 2019 at 12:23 pm

My only concern is will it kill what films the Prince shows.

alps
alps on November 20, 2019 at 5:18 pm

yes, that is a concern. But now the Film Center a/k/a/ Film at the Prince, can market itself as having more seats than AMC Fashion District 8.

Mikeoaklandpark
Mikeoaklandpark on November 21, 2019 at 1:55 pm

That’s great Alps. Thanks

Michael R. Rambo Jr.
Michael R. Rambo Jr. on December 13, 2019 at 8:41 am

I saw Jumanji 3 there yesterday in the Prime (#5) and it was excellent.

HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on January 18, 2020 at 9:54 am

I saw “1917” here this past week. The movie was in the Dolby auditorium (#1) Huge (maybe 60 feet wide) curved screen! Dolby Vision with dual Christie laser projectors; the projection means a brighter picture, better colors, and more details! Dolby Atmos means the best surround sound including ceiling speakers! Downsides: 1) flat screen without masking so ‘scope films are letterboxed, 2) must reserve seats, 3) recliner chairs are soft, so not great for one’s back, and 4) waiter service, but I did not see waiters after the movie began, maybe because there are no call waiter buttons at chairs. Overall, the best movie experience for digital movies. I am eager to return the next time an intelligent mainstream movie appears there!

alps
alps on January 19, 2020 at 2:05 pm

I attended a showing of 1917, in the Dolby Cinema, WOW, this was the best sound and picture I ever experienced. The seats are a little cramped compare to my main cinema I attend, Cinemark 16 in Somerdale NJ. The price is high at AMC Fashion district, but I work in Center City Philadelphia, so it is an option, how this will impact the Ritz Theaters is yet to be seen. The AMC did book films that would have easily played at the Ritz such as Little Women. Now, the downside. I work in hospitality for one of the city’s most visible companies, we keep Center City clean and as safe as possible, since the downtown area’s revival, we have had a problem with large groups teenagers causing havoc down there. As I left 1917, ten teenagers chased a young man from the arcade, cornered, and beat the daylights of him, running away as security showed up, this is occurring more and more, and reminded me of an event on Easter Sunday 35 years ago, 16th and Chestnut, when hundreds of kids rioted because the movies The Last Dragon and Friday the 13th Part V were sold out, causing property damaged and eventually phasing out movie theaters of the west side of Broad St. Since the Mayor is silent, and the media says nothing, I hope the days of the Fashion does revert to the days of the old Gallery and AMC Dine In doesn’t become a dollar cinema.

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