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Morristown Movies Begin Renovations

Concession stands first to be addressed in 2014.

The scratches on the screens and the pops in the sound are still there for now, but the concession stands at the newly re-opened Morristown AMC Theatres at Headquarters Plaza are the first things being addressed in the planned overhaul of the movie house. 

The first phase has begun, with the soda fountain and icee machines removed in favor of bottled soft drinks in coolers. But while the experience isn't perfect, the popcorn is still hot and the patrons are still showing up to take in a flick. 

Renovations planned for the 10-screen theater include plush power recliners, a revamped concession area that includes hot foods such as mozzarella sticks, chicken tenders, French fries and pizza, Coca-Cola Freestyle machines and state-of-the-art presentation equipment, such as new movie screens, new speakers and 100 percent digital projectors. The improvements will be completed in phases, allowing the theater to remain open during the work.

Tell us: What improvements do you want to see at the AMC movie theater? Tell us in the comments below!

Dan January 13, 2014 at 10:18 AM
After last weekends experience they should just shut down and do all the renovations at once. There was nothing but lemonade and orange juice in the fridges (bad for a diabetic) they didn't even have water. And our showing of Hunger Games had giant green scratches all over the screen. I know they can't discount the tickets and still keep good movies, so either discount the food/drinks or just close and renovate everything at once.
Russ Crespolini (Editor) January 13, 2014 at 10:48 AM
Dan, I had a very similar experience when I took my wife to see Hunger Games. That is a really interesting point about shutting down until the renovations are completed, but I do know there was such heavy demand to reopen. But the discounting idea would seem to be a happy medium. Thanks for commenting.
Edd Flammer January 13, 2014 at 02:36 PM
If it turns out like the other AMCs that have been renovated this is going to be worth the wait
Russ Crespolini (Editor) January 13, 2014 at 05:14 PM
I hear that, Edd. The Essex Green and Rockaway locations are pretty awesome. Bridgewater isn't bad, either.
Lois Lane January 14, 2014 at 06:58 AM
Agree with everyone, but not sure what the right answer is....if there is one. What I do know for sure is that my husband and I are avid movie goers and can't wait for the new theater. I am sure it will be awesome. We are locals and are really tired of driving to Rockaway or E. Hanover. We do not go to Bridgewater because the dine-in experience is very annoying to the serious movie goer. Too many distractions!!
Chris Flinn January 14, 2014 at 08:21 AM
My wife and I had a horrible experience there. It started off when I went to the concession stand with a AMC birthday coupon that I got for a free drink. The guy behind the counter said that since their fountain soda machine wasn't working, he wouldn't be able to give me any drink at all. I pointed over to the soda bottles in the display case, and he seemed clueless and said no and that was it. We heard from the girl selling tickets that there were scratches in the Hunger Games movie. She said she hadn't seen it, but she thought they were only on the sides. She was wrong. They were right in the middle as soon as the movie started. To make things worse, at our showing, the screen was completely distorted and zoomed in for some reason. I had to leave the theater 5 minutes into the movie starting and I tracked down a manager and told him there was an issue with the movie, even besides the scratching. I waited 5 minutes by the manager's closed office door. He came back and told me it was fixed, so then I went back to my seat. My wife said that they basically turned the lights on, turned off the movie, and had to fix it and then turn the movie back on and turn the lights off when I was gone. That is so amateur hour. How can you have scratches in the movie AND a distorted screen? I doubt we'll go back.
Russ Crespolini (Editor) January 14, 2014 at 10:12 AM
Chris, I think we might have been in the same Hunger Games showing. Lois, have you tried the Essex Green Dine-In Experience. Giant reclining chairs, more room, and no one under 21.
Adam Batt February 08, 2014 at 06:08 PM
A better entrance, one from the street. Don't like parking in a underground garage and then walking through a quiet deserted hallway though an office building.
Dan February 21, 2014 at 11:26 PM
A recent visit showed it being much better than it was before as far as concessions goes. The soda machine as in and they have a bit more selection.

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