AMC Mission Valley 20

1640 Camino Del Rio North,
San Diego, CA 92108

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Operated by: AMC Theatres

Firms: STK Architects

Functions: Movies (First Run)

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 619.296.7779

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AMC Mission Valley 20

Opening with special screenings of Charlton Heston movies on December 11, 1995. The first new movie was “Jumanji” on December 15, 1995, this theatre was the largest in San Diego at the time. Theatre is built on stilts above the parking structure below. It opened with twenty Strong projectors and Strong platters, all projectors with SDDS, some DTS and Dolby Digital as well.

This theatre was AMC’s first with stadium seating in San Diego. This mammoth ushered in the era of the megaplex to San Diego. Great location in the heart of San Diego.

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Recent comments (view all 6 comments)

CTCrouch on June 27, 2012 at 2:45 am

Beyond San Diego, this was AMC’s first megaplex in southern California and one of the early test sites for fine tuning megaplex operations. I remember quite a few managers being sent to Mission Valley for training as the company launched it’s first generation of megaplexes. For a brief time, Mission Valley was quite the cutting edge marvel (before operators over saturated the market and nearly every community had it’s very own 20+ screen “marvel”).

Larry Wilson
Larry Wilson on May 14, 2017 at 11:22 am

The AMC website is listing Mission Valley 20 as a future Dolby Cinema screen, but they don’t have a specific date. I certainly hope it’s before December; that’s when I’m supposed to be out that way…

Mikeoaklandpark on May 15, 2017 at 1:41 pm

Can I ask what is a Dolby Cinema Screen. Is this an AMC exclusive?

moviebuff82 on May 16, 2017 at 11:34 am

Dolby Cinema information can be found at AMC has it as an exclusive for its larger theaters, while their competition have Regal RPX, Cinemark XD, as well as Big D which AMC acquired from Carmike. Worldwide, there a few chains that have it according to the website. The dolby auditorium is a retrofitted screen with projection that is crisper and natural and brighter than a normal screen, reserved rumbling recliners, and Dolby Atmos surround sound. Upon entering the theater, a video wall featuring the upcoming movie awaits moviegoers on their way to the theater. Before the movie, a soundcheck trailer is shown informing the audience about the process. Much like THX, a person checks all the equipment and seating before each show to make sure that the presentation is top notch. My local AMC in Rockaway is getting it soon.

Mikeoaklandpark on May 16, 2017 at 6:23 pm

Oh wow thanks moviebuff 82. Sounds like a totally different concept. Not sure I would like the rumbling recliners. Regal RPX at least here in Asheville is the pits. I’ve seen 2 films in the RPX theater Sully and Beauty and The Beast and both were shown in regular 2.35 format. Definitely not worth the extra money especially since two of the other screens in this multiplex are much larger.

rivest266 on May 5, 2024 at 2:21 pm

Grand opening ads posted.

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