Multi-million dollar renovation underway at AMC Theater in Johnson City


JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (WJHL) – In just a matter of months, moviegoers will see a lot of changes at the AMC Theater in Johnson City.

AMC confirmed with News Channel 11′s Kristen Gallant they are in the process of renovating the theater. Ryan Noonan, AMC’s Corporate Communications Director, said it should take only a couple of months to complete.  

City officials told Kristen that renovation will cost in the neighborhood of $4.6 million. 

The plans include adding reclining chairs and a complete overhaul of the lobby. The plans mention changes to the concessions, wall carpeting in each theater, and lighting in the aisle ways.

Director of Development Services for the city, Preston Mitchell, said adding the reclining chairs will mean less seating overall.

He also said that AMC has requested a permit to place a bar inside the theater, but said the proposal would have to go before the planning commission, and city leaders. 

Moviegoers like Maddie Altenbernd wants to see new seating.

“It would be cool to have like reclining chairs. and honestly like more cup holders,” she says. 

James Kellmer has been in the Johnson City AMC and sees the renovations already taken place.

“I’ve been in there already and they got like this half of it blocked off so you can only guess what it’s going to look like, but I’m sure what the seating is going to look like is going to be just spectacular,” Says Kellmer.

Mitchel says that he hopes these renovations help to keep building opportunities inside the city.

“Any time we have existing businesses here in town invest money back into their business to either improve customer service or to improve customer experience that’s very exciting.”

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