The Best and Worst Movie Theaters in Philadelphia

Our comprehensive, semi-scientific ranking of the good, the bad and the sticky.

The Best and Worst Movie Theaters in Chester County


Colonial Theater, Phoenixville

Specialty: Old-school theater and classic movies >> 3.5 STARS

  • Cleanliness: 10
  • Audience Behavior: 9
  • Snack Bar: 5
  • Movie Options: 7
  • Seat Quality: 7
  • Sight Lines: 10
  • Overall Experience: 9

“Great theater with a great viewing experience.”

“The place is mostly run by volunteers who do it because they love great movies, so it’s no surprise that the kind of people going to see movies there are the same breed.”

“This isn’t the place to go if you want a choice between the four summer blockbusters out right now.”

UA East Whiteland Stadium 9

Specialty: None >> 3.5 STARS

  • Cleanliness: 9
  • Audience Behavior: 9
  • Snack Bar: 5
  • Movie Options: 8
  • Seat Quality: 8
  • Sight Lines: 9
  • Overall Experience: 9

“Basically looked spotless—and pretty new.”

“All the blockbusters, plus some smaller films…”

“Top of the line suburban multiplex…”

“Sat in the 4th row, but didn’t have a stiff neck.”

Regal Downingtown 16

Specialty: None >> 3 STARS

  • Cleanliness: 8
  • Audience Behavior: 5
  • Snack Bar: 7
  • Movie Options: 7
  • Seat Quality: 8
  • Sight Lines: 10
  • Overall Experience: 8

“The Downingtown Regal does a good job of making the $11.50 admission easily worth it.”

“Teens girls are among the most annoying movie theater patrons, and there was no shortage here.”

“Burgers, chicken sandwiches, corn dog nuggets, vegetable samosas, something called ‘Indian Snacks’. Food seems expensive, even for theater.”

“We need more of an old-school feel like this in more theaters.”

AMC Painter’s Crossing 9, West Chester

Specialty: None >> 2 STARS

  • Cleanliness: 6,
  • Audience Behavior: 8,
  • Snack Bar: 6,
  • Movie Options: 7,
  • Seat Quality: 6,
  • Sight Lines: 6,
  • Overall Experience: 7

“Not a ton of people working, but it’s the cleanest AMC snack bar I’ve seen.”

“Great range of films, from kids movies to Oscar winners and 3D versions. Limited show times though.”

“One tip for the owners: Get some proper sound insulation. I could hear three other movies going simultaneously from my seat, and that’s no good.”

“At least one theater is split oddly and very slightly sloped seating, so if a tall dude sits in front of you, you might want to move.”

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  • Denise Rambo

    The UA in East Whiteland (Chester County) is now a car dealership.