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 Montgomery County


Ambler Theater

Specialty: Old-school theater and indie/foreign >> 4 STARS

  • Cleanliness: 8
  • Audience Behavior: 9
  • Snack Bar: 7
  • Movie Options: 9
  • Seat Quality: 9
  • Sight Lines: 10
  • Overall Experience: 10

“With the express train service, just 30 minutes from Center City”

“An old school theater that is relevant today”

“Brand new comfortable and big seats with plenty of leg room”

“Stop at Forest & Main for a bite and a beer before heading to the theater around the corner. This will be your new date night.”

UA King Of Prussia Stadium 16

Specialty: IMAX >> 4 STARS

  • Cleanliness: 8
  • Audience Behavior: 9
  • Snack Bar: 8
  • Movie Options: 9
  • Seat Quality: 9
  • Sight Lines: 10
  • Overall Experience: 9

“Huge screen, wrap around, tons of seat levels– really, really great sight lines.”

“Tons of times, clean, no lines, tons of candy and super good sound system!”

“Every candy under the sun and lots of cashiers”

Movie Tavern, Collegeville

Specialty: Classic movies >> 3.5 STARS

  • Cleanliness: 10
  • Audience Behavior: 9
  • Snack Bar: 6
  • Movie Options: 8
  • Seat Quality: 10
  • Sight Lines: 10
  • Overall Experience: 8

“A well-behaved bunch, lots of families.”

“There is beer and all kinds of food, but it’s not very good food”
“Great seats, very roomy”

“Would be nice to have some more daring options, but the repertory movies on weeknights are a nice touch.”

Carmike 12, Pottsgrove

Specialty: indie/foreign >> 3.5 STARS

  • Cleanliness: 9
  • Audience Behavior: 9
  • Snack Bar: 7
  • Movie Options: 10
  • Seat Quality: 8
  • Sight Lines: 10
  • Overall Experience: 7

“GREAT seating choices. No heads in the way anywhere. Steep!”

“12 screens, baby, plus the Bollywood option.”

“Pretty immaculate, but it just opened a year or so ago. Carpets, seat, bathrooms in great shape. Central atrium is airy and sleek.”

“Some ‘bleeding’ into our theater of the sound from the Die Hard sequel next door when it got really loud.”

Bryn Mawr Film Institute

Specialty: Indie/foreign and classic and old-school theater >> 3.5 STARS

  • Cleanliness: 9
  • Audience Behavior: 9
  • Snack Bar: 8
  • Movie Options: 9
  • Seat Quality: 7
  • Sight Lines: 7
  • Overall Experience: 8.5

“Bonus: In front of the theater is the Hothouse Coffee shop, which is adorable and open relatively late.”

“I feel smarter just reading their [film] schedule.”

“It’s certainly not the most modern theater in town, but they put a lot of thought into their movie selections, and anything you see here is bound to be something just a little different and edgier.”

Regal Oaks Stadium 24

Specialty: None >> 3.5 STARS

  • Cleanliness: 8
  • Audience Behavior: 6
  • Snack Bar: 9
  • Movie Options: 9
  • Seat Quality: 9
  • Sight Lines: 10
  • Overall Experience: 7

“The snack bar was the most comprehensive I have ever seen.”

“The lines move fast.”

“All in all, a decent movie experience.”

Hiway Theater, Jenkintown

Specialty: Old-school theater >> 3 STARS

  • Cleanliness: 9
  • Audience Behavior: 6
  • Snack Bar: 10
  • Movie Options: 4
  • Seat Quality: 7
  • Sight Lines: 8
  • Overall Experience: 8.5

“The snack bar was extremely impressive. Snacks included popcorn (with real butter and a variety of topping powders), Toblerone chocolate bars, a seltzer waters made with a variety of syrups, dried fruit, and standard movie theater fare.”

“Extremely clean inside, bathrooms neat and tidy”

“Unfortunately, the theater is single-screen and it only plays one film at a time. Films will be available ranging from two weeks to five weeks.”

The Grand, East Greenville

Specialty: Old-school theater >> 3 STARS

  • Cleanliness: 8
  • Audience Behavior: 10
  • Snack Bar: 8
  • Movie Options: 8
  • Seat Quality: 3
  • Sight Lines: 9
  • Overall Experience: 7

“VERY small seats, not well-padded, but clean”

“Handsome restoration of 1920s downtown theater.”

“One screen, so one choice. On the other hand, $3 matinees and $5 evening shows.”

“Very small snack bar is true to the old-school feel, if not particularly diverse.”

AMC Plymouth Meeting 12

Specialty: None >> 2.5 STARS

  • Cleanliness: 8
  • Audience Behavior: 7
  • Snack Bar: 6
  • Movie Options: 6
  • Seat Quality: 6
  • Sight Lines: 10
  • Overall Experience: 6

“Everything was pretty tidy and clean, but the overall feeling is tired, drab.”

“There weren’t a lot of good options for serious adult film buffs. They seem to cater to kids and teens with the usual blockbusters.”

“If there’s something you want to see playing, and you want to avoid the crowd crush of KOP, this could be your spot.”

Frank Theater, Montgomeryville

Specialty: None >> 2 STARS

  • Cleanliness: 7
  • Audience Behavior: 10
  • Snack Bar: 4
  • Movie Options: 8
  • Seat Quality: 4
  • Sight Lines: 9
  • Overall Experience: 6

“Relatively un-messy, but the theater itself smelled like a musty hotel room sprayed with bad deodorizer.”

“Good if you want an uncrowded theater with stadium seating.”

“Hard to find (even with GPS), unless you’re determined.”

“If you’re watching a quiet movie, expect to hear all the explosions from the Michael Bay blow-em-up playing next door.”

AMC 309, North Wales

Specialty: None >> 2 STARS

  • Cleanliness: 8
  • Audience Behavior: 7
  • Snack Bar: 5
  • Movie Options: 9
  • Seat Quality: 3
  • Sight Lines: 7
  • Overall Experience: 7

“Very, very clean theater.”

“Really, really uncomfortable old seats.”

“This is an older theater (pre-stadium seating, pre-IMax) without any of the bells and whistles, but it has a great sentimental, retro feel to it.”

Regal Plymouth Meeting 10

Specialty: None >> 2 STARS

  • Cleanliness: 7
  • Audience Behavior: 4
  • Snack Bar: 7
  • Movie Options: 9
  • Seat Quality: 8
  • Sight Lines: 7
  • Overall Experience: 5

“A few audience members talked at full volume several times throughout the movie, including what they thought was coming up in the movie. Annoying. Also, the guy who happened to sit right next to me was texting the entire time and his phone rang twice. Twice!”

“This is your typical big box theater so you expect consistency, if nothing else.”

“The sound was turned way to low for the first 20 minutes… and then it was deafeningly loud.”

Bala Clearview, Bala Cynwyd

Specialty: Old-school theater >> 2 STARS

  • Cleanliness: 5
  • Audience Behavior: 7
  • Snack Bar: 7
  • Movie Options: 5
  • Seat Quality: 5
  • Sight Lines: 9
  • Overall Experience: 6

“Old people. Less cell phone, more, “What did he say?”

“Small theater, very few choices and hours are bad… latest show time 7 p.m. on weeknight.”

“An older, charming theater.”

“Weak sound system.”

Narberth Stadium

Specialty: None >> 2 STARS

  • Cleanliness: 4
  • Audience Behavior: 10
  • Snack Bar: 4
  • Movie Options: 2
  • Seat Quality: 8
  • Sight Lines: 10
  • Overall Experience: 6

“Very messy bathroom, messy floor, generally messy.”

“Great sight lines.”

“Rarely shows great movies.”

“A good neighborhood theater with clean sound, stadium seating.”

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