York AMC 4

3690 E. Market Street,
York, PA 17402

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Previously operated by: AMC Theatres, Budco

Architects: Mitchel Abramowitz

Previous Names: York Cinema, Budco York Cinema 4

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York AMC 4

Budco opened the York Cinema as an 800-seat single screen cinema on July 15, 1970 with Robert Morse in “The Boatniks”. It was twinned in November 1976 and in June 1979 two additional auditoriums were built. Around 1988 it was taken over by AMC. It was closed on April 3, 1997 and was demolished in 2007.

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dennisczimmerman on July 8, 2012 at 11:44 am

This theatre opened as a single screen if my memory serves me correctly. I think a 2nd screen was added and eventually both those theatres were twinned, but I am not certain. I think they started out as “Budco” theatres from the Philadelphia area. Budco was eventually purchased by AMC Theatres. I think this theatre opened in the 1960’s and lasted about 30 years or so. However, that is only an estimate. I know Budco built a theatre in Lancaster – the Wonderland – which started out as a single, a second theatre was added and then eventually both of the theatres were twinned. The York 4 was built adjacent to the Stony Brook Drive in which has been replaced by another just what is needed shopping center.

57thst on July 9, 2012 at 7:58 pm

The last movie I remember seeing at this theater was Twister in 1996, i’m not sure when it closed. It has been replaced by a heartless business strip and Holiday Inn that no one stays at.

John Simmers
John Simmers on July 10, 2012 at 2:22 pm

Dennis is correct. This was a large single-screen theater operated by Budco that was twinned in 1976. They split the main auditorium down the middle and operated as a twin for a time (both much longer than they were wide), then constructed two smaller theaters perpendicular to the others on the left-hand side. The newer auditoriums were much smaller, maybe only 200 or so seats each, and were the most hideously decorated theaters I’ve ever seen. It was like they were designed by a color-blind decorator with really bad taste. The name at the time was the Budco York Cinema 4. When Budco twinned the York Cinema, they closed the 1930s-era Hiway Theater on West Market Street.

AMC bought-out Budco in 1988 (approximately) and renamed it the AMC York 4. AMC also acquired but declined to reopen the adjacent Stonybrook Drive-in. An AMC regional manager told me at the time that they had no experience or interest in drive-ins, and in any event didn’t want to compete with themselves. AMC closed the York 4 in the late 1990s and it sat vacant for quite some time before the York 4 and the Stonybrook D-I were both demolished to make way for a strip mall, hotel and townhouses.

57thst on July 10, 2012 at 8:00 pm

Oddly enough the first movie I saw here was in 1988, Police Academy 5: Assignment Miami Beach.

rivest266 on May 15, 2019 at 2:33 pm

This opened with one screen on July 15th, 1970 and reopened as a twin cinema on November 12th, 1976 and two more screens opened on June 22nd, 1979. Grand opening ads posted.

dallasmovietheaters on May 19, 2019 at 5:06 am

Closed April 3, 1997 with Star Wars, Cats Don’t Dance, Selena and Jungle 2 Jungle. Demolished in November of 2007.

Michael R. Rambo Jr.
Michael R. Rambo Jr. on August 8, 2021 at 2:51 pm

The York Cinema shares the same design as the Concord Mall Cinema, Wilmington, DE, and the Exton Cinema, Exton, PA, being as all 3 theatres were opened by Budco Quality Theatres.

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