AMC Braintree 10

121 Grandview Road,
Braintree, MA 02184

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rivest266 on July 26, 2018 at 9:29 am

This opened on May 21st, 1993. Grand opening ad in the photo section.

jeffpiatt on April 25, 2018 at 6:00 am

it’s how there competing with Alamo Drafthouse and Movie Tavern that there AMC Dine-in locations directly clone. the new remodels include Mcguffins Bars in both AMC and AMC Dine-in theaters. the AMC near me that had it put in never had any issues with the bar and drunk guests mainly due to the fact that it’s a bar they will not give you a drink if you look drunk like any other bar.

bob550 on March 27, 2015 at 10:37 am

Jeesh! Beer and wine in a movie theater. What could possibly go wrong? AMC apparently has been proposing this in it’s theaters across the country with mixed success. Can you imagine the possibilities of bringing beer to your seats? Drunk patrons becoming belligerent and loud, or spilling their beer on another patron as they maneuver to their seats. Bad idea! You want to consume alcohol, go to a bar. You want to consume alcohol and watch a movie, rent a DVD and stay home!

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on March 26, 2015 at 1:32 pm

AMC applied to the town for a license to sell beer and wine, but it has just been denied. The plan was to sell drinks from a bar in the foyer, then patrons would take their drinks into the auditorium. That did not go over! Apparently it would be OK if the consumption of alcholic drinks was limited to the bar itself. AMC plans to return in 2 months with a new plan. AMC reps told the Braintree board that cinemnas no longer cater to just teenage kids; that 75% of movie patrons today are over 21, and teen patronage has fallen off in recent years.

BobSchlapowitz on September 22, 2013 at 4:20 pm

I’m glad you enjoyed that photo. I wish I could remember which site I find it on.

My movie childhood was divided between the old version of theater, Quincy Center, and Showcase Dedham.

Films I remember seeing at the Braintree GC:

Return of the Jedi
Three Men and a Baby
Who Framed Roger Rabbit
Dick Tracy
Home Alone
The Rocketeer

bob550 on September 20, 2013 at 12:48 pm

I recently came upon this website and just had to comment. I have very special memories of the original South Shore Plaza Cinema. It not only was my very first job while in high school, but I helped open the theater as a member of the first team of ushers in the fall of 1966! I can remember following the theater’s assistant manager (Gerald Mahaney?) out to his car where he had all the paperwork I needed to complete. The inside of the theater wasn’t even completed yet. As I recall, the manager’s name was Larry Gleason. I also worked for Izzy Strier during his tenure as the manager there in 1967. I can remember him letting me use his 1965 or 66 Mustang fastback to run an errand to another cinema for him. Now that was trust, letting a 17 year old kid drive your car! I still have fond memories of the odor of the freshly made popcorn we made there. Of course, I had to “test” it to ensure it was just right. I want to thank a previous poster, Bob Schlapowitz, for the photo of the lobby. Wow, does that bring back some great memories! It’s like finding the Holy Grail of my youth. I now wish I saved my original uniform: Orange suit jacket, black tuxedo pants, white shirt, and black bow tie. Thanks for the opportunity to contribute, and for the wonderful memories!

fred1 on January 10, 2013 at 2:06 pm

Ron, The same renovations happen to AMC Fresh Meadows 7 in Queens NY .

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on January 10, 2013 at 12:52 pm

An article in the print edition of the Quincy Patriot Ledger, January 9 2013, states that the Braintree License Board has given permission to the AMC Braintree 10 to present midnight screenings on Thursdays, Fridays and Sats. But the shows must end by 230AM, otherwise additional permit will be needed. The article states that the cinema has been undergoing renovations which will reduce the total seating capacity from over 2,000 to 974 seats. Expensive leather seats are being installed which can be reclined, so if the movie is boring, you can sleep. Sound and projection systems are also being updated. The work is being performed with the cinema open.

dickneeds111 on May 22, 2012 at 4:04 pm

Never been to the AMC cinema 10. Went to the old South Shore cinema several times. Saw Star Wars 5-6 there. Also saw Midway and Rollercoaster in Sensurround there. One of the few Boston areas to run Sensurround. Shoppers World was 1st and then the Saxon Downtown later. Living in Scituate most of my movie going was at the Scituate Playhouse under Lockwood and Gordon. Scituate was a beautiful 1930’s theatre which was kept up and always clean until L&G sold to Sonderling who the triplexed it which was not bad and then they made it a quad and let it deterioate. Then Hoyts took over and made it worse. Richard Smith(General Cinema boss)was the manager when I moved there and the wonderful Bud King replaced him and was there till it closed the 1st time. The theatre is gone and has been replaced by a very comfortable twin under South Shore Cinemas along with the Cameo in S. Weymouth. Also gone are the Marshfield Drive In, thee Marshfield twin. The Pembroke 4 and the Avon drive in.

Marcel on July 13, 2011 at 6:24 pm

Great photo Bob! I’m posting one of the front of the theatre from 1988.

BobSchlapowitz on September 2, 2010 at 11:30 pm

Here’s a photo of the lobby of the old Braintree South Shore Plaza Cinema. The Saturday Night Fever standee makes me think it’s from 1977.

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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on March 15, 2010 at 7:37 pm

I enjoyed my times at GCC.they worked the crap out of managers and that salary certainly never covered the long hours,but i think most of us never did it for the money.

BobSchlapowitz on March 15, 2010 at 7:23 pm

Tom, I was at this theater a week ago, and didn’t see the THX sign outside Cinema 6. But they are still listed on the THX website.

ps2phreek on December 21, 2009 at 4:12 pm

They still have the Vic 8 there for 70mm but if I remember correctly the 70mm parts have been mostly stripped off and it is used exclusively for 35mm.

Braintree also recently installed their Sony 4K SXRD projector in Cinema 2. They can no longer show 35mm in that house. Currently they’re showing Avatar in 3D in that particular house.

tmundell on October 6, 2009 at 1:31 pm

Screens 5 and 6 are the two largest (screens 1-5 are mirror images of 6-10 size wise); I’m guessing the screen is something like 45 feet wide. Screen 5 used to have 70mm capability I think; no idea if it’s still there. Not sure it matters though, I can’t imagine them ever using it again.

No THX? according to the THX website both 5 and 6 are still THX certified; last time I was there (been a year or so now though) the THX sign was still up outside both rooms.

CinemarkFan on September 9, 2009 at 3:27 pm

Can anyone tell me the screen size of the largest auditorium? And does the said auditorium still have a 35/70 projector? I’m curious.

joen05 on June 4, 2009 at 12:18 am

John Allen is here re-certifying our HPS 4000 houses right now! It’s awesome to see him do his work… he really knows his stuff. Houses 2,3,and 7 should sound superb once he is done. Still no THX in 5 or 6, but it’s always been the HPS 4000 for sound while I’ve been here. It’s just incredible.

David Wodeyla
David Wodeyla on November 14, 2008 at 6:58 pm

I never met him, because Fred Tomeo was the Manager at the Drive In when I managed the Cinema. The name is familiar though, and I believe his daughter was an Assistant Manager at the Natick Drive In.

TMK34 on November 14, 2008 at 1:37 pm

Does anyone from GCC remember Mgr. Wendal Clemment (1960’s-1970’s)?
He started as a Manager/owner?? at South Shore Plaza Twin Drive-In, on Forbes Rd.Braintree, Ma and then went to GCC in Braintree (Plaza) next to the howard Johnson’s resturant on Granite St., Braintree, MA which is now the big AMC on Grandview Rd. Braintree.

mistertopps on June 12, 2007 at 5:33 pm

In the early and mid-90’s I remember driving extra lengths to go to this theatre. They were one of the few theatres in the area to have those special strobe lights installed for the Twister and Lost World trailers. When they went off I had no idea what was happening— boy was it effective! They also sold taco bell at the concession stand which was extra awesome back then. Sad to hear that it’s gotten worse…

dave-bronx™ on May 21, 2006 at 12:18 am

…oh, man –
You’re right about Izzy – when Chestnut Hill was being prepared to open, even the managers in Cleveland were betting they would give it to Izzy –
There were also the endless mentions about his promotions in the ‘Brass Ring Awards’ those blue sheets that came out monthly – or quarterly – I can’t remember exactly.
Did he retire when AMC took over, or before? Was his last theatre the old Framingham or the new one?

David Wodeyla
David Wodeyla on May 20, 2006 at 7:24 pm

Braintree’s finest manager passed away this week, Izzy Strier, who managed the theatre in the South Shore Plaza from 1966 until 1975 was a legend in the town. Here are my comments regarding his career:
Izzy was a legend, admired by everyone, including every theatre manager who worked for GCC. Over the years, whenever a manager came to Boston for a meeting, and whenever managers traveled to other cities, everyone wanted to meet “Izzy”. He began his career working for Ben Sack at several Boston theatres, including the Music Hall during their busiest years, with films like Goldfinger selling thousands of tickets a day. He helped open the Cheri, then was lured over to GCC by Mel Wintman and Richard Smith to help them open their newest theatre, the Northshore Peabody Cinema in 1963. In 1966, General Cinema wanted their best to open the Cinema being planned for the South Shore Plaza in Braintree. Izzy went, and became a legend. When he left Braintree in 1976, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts declared the day “Izzy Strier Day” and a grand dinner was held in his honor at the Jordan Marsh Restaurant in the South Shore Plaza. Many will remember his promotions, and relationships with Town Clerk Bob Brunell, as well as many merchants and government officials. When General Cinema wanted their best manager to open the new Home Office Theatre at Chestnut Hill in 1975, they picked Izzy. He managed that one until 1986, when they wanted him to handle one of their top ten theatres in Framingham. From being their top salesman in VIP tickets, to number one Concessions Manager, to Manager of the Year, Izzy was the manager that everyone wanted to be like. But nobody ever came close.
Hundreds, maybe thousands of kids grew up working for Izzy at those theatres, and will never forget what was usually their first job. Izzy would say “please do me a BIG favor” and everyone wanted to help him do whatever it took. And he made everyone who worked for him, proud of their theatre.

ggates on November 10, 2005 at 4:09 pm

[quote]With Six You Get Eggroll premiered at 3 General Cinemas on the same day, Braintree, Peabody, and Framingham, with a helicopter taking Barbara Hershey, et al to each location. When they arrived in the parking lot at Framingham, there was a High School band playing to greet them. Probably the same kind of local things happened at each location. There was even a Boston Record American with an extra front page wrap announcing the event, handed out at each theatre.[quote] Correction, the Premiere festivities were also held at the Loews Orpheum in downtown Boston. (I finally found my copy of the Herald for that day)

Tom10 on October 9, 2005 at 8:47 am

dwodeyla: No, not related to John Norton. We became friends when I called the Home Office in Chestnut Hill with a technical question about Dolby. He must have talked to me for twenty minutes with all sorts of information. We’d chat from time to time, and had lunch at Legal Seafood nearby. Through him, I became a theater checker. I might have been the checker during your last year at the Braintree GC at the original Plaza site. Anyway, they changed the checker program, and I was dropped. Later, I got bogged down with family matters and lost touch with John. He was very knowledgable, and I truly enjoyed learning technical aspects of cinema with him. He chose HPS-4000 speaker systems for several auditoriums in the GC chain. They have superb clarity, particularly in the mid-range. I think the current AMC Braintree Cinema still has them in one auditorium (at least they looked like the same configuration—cinema 3 on the left in the SE corner). When I asked the current AMC manager, he didn’t know. The THX designations for the two, big auditoriums are gone, as well as the Kodak image quality designations. John Norton had the highest professional standards. I’m sure he was the key reason why GC had such high presentation quality. I wish him all the best in his current endeavors. tn

David Wodeyla
David Wodeyla on October 6, 2005 at 5:40 am

To Tom N., John Norton was Technical Services Director, in the Home Office. Are you his son?