Today, Reel Critic Dink O’Neal gives readers his opinion of the new
AMC Burbank 16 that opened Friday.
BURBANK -- Burbank’s latest attempt at redeveloping its downtown
area took place last weekend with the grand opening of the
long-awaited AMC Burbank 16 megaplex. Located adjacent to and
replacing the AMC 14 theaters on East Palm Avenue, this
state-of-the-art complex is impressive to say the least.
A large patio area housing the ticket windows and featuring a
monolithic granite-and-water public art project leads to a massive
staircase. Patrons can also use escalators or an elevator to ascend
to the complex’s main entrance.
Once inside, you face an enormous concession counter spanning at
least 30 to 40 yards, with entrances to the 16 screens divided
equally at either end. AMC has made viewing its screens virtually
unimpeded with its stadium seating, which means that each row is a
full 18 inches above the one in front of it. The screens are enormous
and the sound quality is the best I’ve ever heard.
Someone in management has obviously emphasized customer
satisfaction, as the attention to detail on the part of the staff was
excellent. And, most importantly, the restrooms are clean, large and
numerous -- especially the women’s, or so I’ve been told!
It’s obvious AMC planned this new flagship theater complex
carefully, from the touch-screen ticketing kiosks available for
advance ticket sales to the famous movie quotes sculpted and inlaid
in the theater’s walkways.
Moviegoers will appreciate the quality, and no doubt Burbank’s tax
revenues will benefit from the influx of visitors.