|Address:||8101 Roanridge Rd, Kansas City, MO 64151, USA|
I saw Desolation of Smaug on one of the new AMC Prime screens today, specifically at AMC Barrywoods 24 in Kansas City, Missouri. Basically, I believe they retrofitted the original "ETX" screen with a few upgrades to make it into the AMC Prime. I visited the theater last year to see An Unexpected Journey and the Dolby Atmos was fantastic then too, but the audio was on a completely different level today. As I walked in, I notice that EVERY single driver on every speaker in the entire room was illuminated with red LED lights. Truly awe-inspiring and thats before I even heard a thing coming out of them. I counted no less than 50 visible speakers in the room..thats not counting the front speakers. 20 side speakers with 8 drivers each, 20 ceiling speakers, and at least 8 rears that I could see clearly. There were subwoofers and possibly transducers under every row of seats in the room..the bass was so punchy and hit incredibly hard during scenes with Smaug. The screen is presumably quite similar to other AMC ETX screens..quite large for a non-IMAX screen and more than big enough for me. Filled up my entire field of view and Im nearly certain it was 4K if not even higher resolution digital projection (I know that the Hobbit movies are filmed in 6K Red format I believe but Im not sure if theyre projected this way). Overall I was quite pleased with the video presentation as well. The reclining leather seats were also a major plus. Very very comfortable and a pleasant surprise after just having normal seats when I visited last year. Overall I rate the AMC Prime experience as a 10/10 for myself today. I only paid $10.50 for a 3D Matinee and I thought it was more than worth the price. Heres hoping AMC expands this program to other ETX theaters across the country.
Website is terribly slow, painful to navigate, and can time out in the middle of trying to buy tickets. For example, it keeps forgetting some of your options and flat ignoring others. I would personally be embarrassed to admit to have such a defective site, but it does manage to look good compared to the mobile site. They will not accept gold pass payments on their website, which I think is a horrible, horrible rip-off to take my money for passes they wont let me use. Seems a little like thievery to me. Then, they charge me an extra $1 per ticket for trying to avoid tying up a teller. I could drive by the theater to use them, but it would be over an hour of driving because the last Hobbit movie only lasted a week at the premium theater near me. Their food prices are insanely high. I have no doubt that its comparable to other theaters, but just because everyone else sucks as badly as you, doesnt magically make you good. On the plus side, the prime theaters are really nice.
Watching a movie in Prime will make you unable to watch a movie in a regular theatre again because the Prime experience is so enjoyable. The alcohol is a little on the pricey side, the rewards program has been cheapened quite a bit. Overall, it seems as if the owners are cutting quite a few corners just to save money (charging full price for new movies during matinee hours, handing out cups with ice in them when the ice should be available at the machine, failing to refill the soda machines, charging out of the wazoo for snacks.) Also, they removed the space like echo chamber that a lot of us had an extremely fun childhood playing in. The arcade is super lame and expensive. The lines are not difficult and the employees really seem to know what theyre doing. Though other theatres in the Kansas City area are much cheaper, the experience of watching a movie in IMAX or Prime is worth the extra money.
Weve gone to BarryWoods AMC since they first opened and loved it. We love the theater and upgrades theyve made to the building and concessions. However, recently theyve implemented a "member" program that you pay extra for privileges, like going to the front of the line. This seems wrong on so many levels. Elitism at its most basic level. One day a girl who was next in line, well for regular paying customers, was asked to step back in line for a "member" to go next. She refused. She said she was there first. Cant say I blame her. The price you pay for movie tickets now shouldnt include giving up your place in line to somebody who paid even more. Also theyve started giving coupons to teens. Really?!? Age discriminatory coupons? Why not offer deals to everyone? Why have a line for people with more money? Customer appreciation goes a long way, regardless if the customers age or income level.
Lots of screens = lots of variety (usually) Tickets are too expensive unless you go on Sunday at 11am (or earlier) then the tickets are only $5 for adults. Concession stand is outrageously priced, plan on dropping at least $50 if you and your date both want a drink and snack. (They do offer hot pretzels though which is a bonus in my book.) Building has been well maintained over the years, you cannot tell how old it actually is because they keep it in good repair. The volume of any movie though is painfully loud. (Im only in my thirties, so Im not "old") I cant comfortably follow the dialog of a movie when its SCREAMING AT ME EVERY SECOND OF THE MOVIE! ITS NOT PLEASANT TO BE SCREAMED AT FOR 2.5 HOURS! I prefer other locations
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Ive seen quite a few movies here and the place is always clean and the popcorn fresh. What really stood out and brings me here to review is the kindness of the manager. We went to see the Twilight premiere (dont judge me...) and the theater that we were in was completely packed and we were going to be forced to sit in the front row. It was my fault I didnt arrive early but I spoke to the manager to maybe get a refund or go to a different movie. Well he decided to open up a completely new theater to show the movie and allowed a few of us late comers to have our own movie theater. It was extremely nice and we were very grateful for the managers kindness. Id definitely recommend this theater!
I have been here a few times. We went here for the premiere of Rogue One and had a blast! They had some Star Wars cosplayers there taking pictures with people! It was even snowing really bad so I was surprised they still had the cosplayers there for those who toughed it in the storm and still went to the movies! The prices are a little overprices but that is almost every movie theater you go to nowadays! I also went here for a field trip with an elementary school. I like how they allowed the students to come during off hours so the place was strictly off limits except for the many field trips that came during those hours. It was a great to keep the students safe during their field trips!
Only reason it gets one star is cause I cant give it zero second time Ive been there and they overbooked the theater. Then I asked for a refund and the manager that was probably 16 looked and treated me as if I was stupid when I asked for a refund and asked why after I explained it to her already as well as the her co-worker told her what the problem was before she even spoke to me. So then I had to explain it again and so did everyone else who was waiting in line for a refund. Its simple math you have x amout of chairs in the theater so you can sell only x amout of tickets then you have what we call maximum seating capacity. Not that hard.