AMC Dine-In Movie Theatre in Chadds Ford getting rave reviews

By FRAN MAYE

fmaye@21st-centurymedia.com

Movie fans in Chester County can now eat dinner and watch summer attractions like “22 Jump Street,” or “Edge of Tomorrow,” or “Jersey Boys,” as the new AMC Painter’s Crossing 9 in Chadds Ford re-opened last weekend to much fanfare.

“We have had a great response,” said Ryan Noonan, AMC spokesman. “It’s a concept that many people are very excited about. People can dine-in and have the comfort and convenience of the movie experience.”

The theatre had been closed most of the spring while being converted into a dine-in theatre with nine screens with auditoriums equipped for serving restaurant-type meals.

“Feedback from moviegoers (has been) tremendous, with 95 percent of guests saying they would recommend the experience with a friend,” said Jennifer Douglas, vice president of Dine-In Theatre operations. “Whether it’s our top-notch service strategy, the layout of the auditoriums, or even down to the selection of plateware, every detail of the AMC Dine-In Theatres concept is designed to ensure the guests’ focus stays on the screen, providing the ultimate enjoyment of a night out at the movies.”

Patricia Draper of Oxford was one local resident who tried the theatre last weekend.

“It was great service and comfortable seating,” she said. “It’s the new way to watch a movie. Now it will be the only way to watch a movie. I loved it.”

Jennifer Wyse-Dillinger of Oxford posted on Facebook that she went Thursday and “loved it.”

Said Steve Peterson of Avon Grove: “I went this past weekend and I thought that it was pretty awesome. I ate food and found that it was reasonably priced.”

Food prices are comparable to any casual American restaurant,” Noonan said. Offerings range from appetizers, sandwiches, and burgers to tacos, flatbread pizza, chicken tenders, entrees, waffle sundaes, kids’ meals and desserts. The MacGuffins Bar sells beer, wine and specialty cocktails. Also available: the usual movie-going array of sodas, popcorns, M&Ms, and other candies. Salads range in price from $10 to $12. Appetizers range from $7 to $14, and entrees range from $12 to $16, according to the menu. Popcorn is $8.50 and includes unlimited refills.

A full menu is available online at http://dinein.amctheatres.com/menu.

AMC renovated the theatre to include its “Fork and Screen” and “Cinema Suites” concepts. The Fork and Screen has plush rocker seats. The Cinema Suite is an adult-only auditorium with power recliners. Film features in the Cinema Suite are the same variety of films AMC shows, but some patrons prefer watching movies with a more mature audience, Noonan said.

For the best experience, Noonan suggests moviegoers take seats 15 minutes before the film starts, which gives them time to pursue the menu and place orders. Food arrives just as lights dim and customers can also order at any time during the show. Seats have silent call buttons that summon servers who are trained to be unobtrusive.

Moviegoers will not find an additional cost when attending the Fork and Screen auditorium, but the Cinema Suite, which has up to nine feet of row spacing, will increase the cost of a ticket by a little more than $2.

The AMC Painter’s Crossing 9 is located at the intersection of Routes 1 and 202 in Chadds Ford.

The theatre is similar to Movie Tavern that opened outside Collegeville, Montgomery County, in 2011, which plans a Flourtown location later this year.

Other AMC dine-ins are in Atlanta; Olathe, Kan., Columbus, Ohio; Bridgewater, Edison and Menlo Park. N.J.; Grapevine and Mesquite, Texas; Orlando, Fla.; Creve Coeur, Mo.; Phoenix, Ariz./ Marina Del Rey, Calif.; and Aurora, Colo.