AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 with IMAX

1998 Broadway,
New York, NY 10023

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CF100 on September 17, 2017 at 8:21 am

Al Alvarez: It’s a very good thing having a sound system that does allow for high peak levels… which are effective if used in a dramatic way, i.e. transiently at climaxes. 2 hours of wall to wall chest pounding, ear popping sound… like driving a sports car at 200mph non-stop just because it can go 200mph… is not effective storytelling… :–(

Veterans will probably need new hearing aids!

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on September 16, 2017 at 8:05 pm

CF100, it all adds up to so loud that Dunkirk veterans run for the exit, different in every venue, and the movie experience is not enhanced in any way. Just like THX.

CF100 on September 16, 2017 at 7:33 pm

Al Alvarez: Huh?

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on September 16, 2017 at 7:16 pm

And that my friends, is the definition of showbiz bullshit. THX style.

CF100 on September 16, 2017 at 6:53 pm

StunPlex: Regarding your query on 15/70 IMAX vs. IMAX digital sound, both 15/70 IMAX and IMAX Digital have 6 channel uncompressed digital audio.

(Of course, IMAX Digital also supports 12 channel audio, but that’s a moot point if the movie isn’t released with a 12 channel mix. Also, I don’t know if 15/70 IMAX digital audio is a 16-bit system—which might mean there are differences in headroom compared to IMAX Digital?)

The digital audio for 15/70 works using synchronised CD-ROMs, here’s a couple of pictures I took in the projection booth at London’s BFI IMAX:

Picture 1 – The unit in the left rack with screen, CD drives below, and keyboard.

Picture 2 – AFAIK remote controller unit, notice it says “SONICS” on it—IMAX audio stuff was supplied by SONICS, and they were later acquired by IMAX.

As for the differences in sound, one factor is that the same equipment with different room acoustics and calibration will sound different.

Some older IMAX venues still use previous generation IMAX speakers rather than the current generation.

IMAX’s nXos EQ system will recalibrate the system (back to how it was originally “tuned” by human(s)) every day—but again, may not be found in older venues? Come to think of it, I have no idea whether the nXos unit works with 15/70 IMAX digital sound.

Anyway, it’s easy to see which generation of speakers are in use by looking at the two rear surrounds.

xbs2034 on September 16, 2017 at 9:13 am

Celestial85, yes the Loews screen (theater 1) has an Atmos sound system and has had since at least 2014.

Though since it isn’t designated as a large format theater, it is indeed hard to find on Fandango, you need to click on an individual showing to see what screen it will be in, as well as cross reference if the film itself has an Atmos mix.

Celestial85 on September 15, 2017 at 9:30 am

Does AMC Loews Lincoln Square Theatre 1 have Dolby Atmos?

I saw the Dolby Atmos sign within the theatre 1, this theatre isn’t designated as Atmos at Atom or Fandango.

LeoOc on September 11, 2017 at 10:59 pm

has someone seen It on IMAX with laser? this movie is really stunning to look at.

digital3d on September 11, 2017 at 5:36 pm

The regular auditoriums at Linc Square don’t have stadium seating to my knowledge. (Except for Loews which has balcony) So that might be why the patronage for these regular shows is scarce here. I’d probably visit here more often if they’d had stadium seating.

BTW it appears that Dunkirk is playing here alongside of IT in laser IMAX. Laset still fills up the whole screen for Dunkirk so worth checking out if not checked out in 70mm IMAX yet.

moviebuff82 on September 11, 2017 at 5:19 pm

I wonder when AMC will renovate the other screens will they change the name to just AMC Lincoln Square?

bigjoe59 on September 11, 2017 at 1:40 pm


thanks to Mikeoaklandpark for your reply. I am still baffled by it all. I can’t tell you the number of BIG eagerly awaited films that I have seen where the auditorium I see it in is virtually empty. then when I read on Mon. morning that the film had a huge opening weekend I can’t help but wonder where the $$$ came from.

Mikeoaklandpark on September 11, 2017 at 12:34 pm

It was sold out at my local Cinemark and it was in their largest theater

bigjoe59 on September 11, 2017 at 12:02 pm


for people who saw IT at this theater was your particular auditorium any where near full? i saw it at an other AMC/Loews theater and the place was maybe 15 percent full. so how did the film gross $123 mil on the opening weekend?

xbs2034 on September 1, 2017 at 9:32 pm

The Landmark and Lincoln Square will have some overlap on the film’s they play, as tickets for Mother! are on sale for both locations (when you consider how far west the Landmark is, they are probably over a mile away from each other, so it’s not too much for them to play the same film in my opinion).

Also, while Dunkirk has now completed its IMAX run, AMC actually brought back the regular 70mm print on the Loews screen for Labor day weekend.

ridethectrain on August 29, 2017 at 12:28 pm

with the lessoning on competition. Yes I expect competition

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on August 29, 2017 at 12:18 pm

With eight screens I imagine they will play anything they can get.

bigjoe59 on August 29, 2017 at 11:26 am


to Al A., boy the stuff you know and I thought I knew a lot. I wasn’t aware Mark “Shark Tank” Cuban was the owner of the Landmark chain. what you said about affording the same films as the places you stated is certainly a valid point. but is the new multiplex going to be art house fare or a mix with big studio films. one thing I like about the Sunshine is it only plays art house fare.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on August 28, 2017 at 2:25 pm

If they can avoid playing the same films as Lincoln Plaza, Lincoln Center and Lincoln Square, they can succeed. Don’t forget that Landmark’s owner, Mark Cuban, also owns Magnolia Film and can provide himself area exclusives the same way IFC and Cohen do in Greenwich Village.

bigjoe59 on August 28, 2017 at 12:49 pm


thanks for the reply. as I see it the success of the new multiplex depends on the people in the immediate are frequenting it. I doubt anyone else will venture to 57St. and 12th Ave. to see a film. its kind of like the 62 St. and 1st Ave. multiplex which opened in 1992? while it was a modern state of the art facility at the time it didn’t help it in succeeding and that was a fairly residential area as well.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on August 28, 2017 at 12:22 pm

bigjoe59, it is a growing neighborhood full of bars and restaurants with several new condos going up. The area is already so popular that that the community board gets constant late night noise complaints from local residents.

bigjoe59 on August 28, 2017 at 12:11 pm


to Al A.– i hope you don’t mind me posting a question on this page since the theater in question doesn’t have a page yet. this Sept. Landmark Theaters will open a multiplex on 57Th St. and 12th Ave. who in the name of God is going to go to a theater on 57th St. and 12th Ave.?

CF100 on August 28, 2017 at 11:22 am

In the interests of truth seeking, from “Perception while watching movies: Effects of physical screen size and scene type”:

“5.1. Why do presence ratings increase with screen size?


“Thus, a high-level account of these results might posit that larger displays are generally more impressive and therefore more engaging. Of course, it should come as no surprise that object size is an important visual measure. After all, it is not retinal images but the properties of distal stimuli that we are rightly interested in, and our perceptions of these are derived from the influences of various perceptual constancies, including size constancy.

“Evidence from fMRI (Murray, Boyaci, & Kersten, 2006) has shown that the spread of activation across the retinotopic V1 increases with an increase in perceived size, even when retinal size is constant. Exactly why this occurs is still not clear […] but it does show that the perception of physical object size, traditionally associated with high-level processes, can assert its influence at the very earliest stages of cortical visual processing, presumably through feedback.”

So, screen size is a factor, albeit in that particular study the field of view was kept constant, with the screen size altered by using two different screens, one more than twice the size of the other.

CF100 on August 28, 2017 at 5:05 am

alpinedownhiller: Sure, screen size is a factor, hence I began my post by comparing an 80ft.+ wide screen with a 5" diagonal mobile phone. Obviously holding the phone right in front of your eyes isn’t the same as a large screen even if the “FOV” is the same.

Confused by your comment: “Yeah but since you can chose where to sit, screen size does make a difference”?

alpinedownhiller on August 27, 2017 at 9:26 pm

Yeah but since you can chose where to sit, screen size does make a difference.

(Plus, you actually still get a sense that a screen is a bigger and it feels more impressive even if you sit far enough back that it fills up less of your FOV. Sit farther back from a 100' wide screen relatively to FOV than a 60' and it still feels way bigger and more impressive and sitting far back from a 30' screen feels more impressive than sitting 12" away from a 24" wide screen.)

CF100 on August 27, 2017 at 3:59 pm

With regard to the discussion on IMAX screen sizes, the important factor (given, say, 80ft.+ wide screens and not a 5" mobile phone) is the geometry of the auditorium.

IMAX and OMNIMAX Theatre Design goes into some detail on their requirements.

Essentially, the distance from the screen to the last row should not exceed one screen width, and the first row not more than 0.35x screen width.

Also, the front row should be somewhat above the bottom of the screen, and the last row positioned about half way up.

Of course, the projection system must also be adequate to cope with the closer position to the screen compared to a traditional auditorium, and stadium seating is a given.

These requirements can also be expressed in terms of horizontal and vertical viewing angles.

IOW, whether a screen is 85ft. or 95ft. wide will make little difference, especially since the viewing angles vary depending on which row you choose to sit in!