AMC Dine-In Fashion City 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 auditoriums range from 100 to 200 recliner seats. Two of the screens are ‘premium’ experiences, the Prime screen and the Dolby screen, the latter having state-of-the-art projection & sound as well as seats that pulsate. All the screens have 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

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