AMC Empire 25

234 W. 42nd Street,
New York, NY 10036

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Bway on July 4, 2004 at 1:12 pm

It certainly is not a shame. It’s a perfect example of using an old building for a new use. It makes the new AMC unique, and not another uninteresting new multiplex, and perserves a piece of history at the same time. This is certainly better than if they had razed the Empire theater, and just started from scratch to build the multiplex, which is exactly what would have been done in decades past.

jmarellano on July 4, 2004 at 5:42 am

A Shame? Why would you even consider it a shame?! Most likely the old Empire would have been torn down and nothing would be left if AMC didnt step in to build this megaplex in the shell of the Empire.

Bigdom78987 on July 4, 2004 at 4:35 am

A shame what they did to sucha fine place.

Bway on April 20, 2004 at 12:31 am

Both the interior and exterior of the Eltinge theater are original. Both the exterior and interior of the theater were landmarked by the city. When AMC did the renovation, the Eltinge theater were moved 200 feet, and then the multiplex built around it. The 900 seat “legit” playhouse of Julian Eltinge is the lobby of the AMC multiplex. People use the old theater space to get to their theaters using some zigzaggng escalators from floor to floor. The former balcony areas were converted to a cafe. So yes, the exterior and interior auditorium of the former Eltinge (Empire theater) ARE in fact the lobby for the new AMC multiplex.

edward on April 2, 2004 at 5:48 pm

So much for cleaning up Times Square…

Mar 25, 2004
NEW YORK (AP) A 21-year-old man accidentally shot himself in the leg during a movie at a theater complex in Times Square, police said.
The man, Anthony Clarke, was watching “Dawn of the Dead” at AMC Empire 25 when he was shot by the .25-caliber handgun at about 10 p.m. Wednesday, police said.
Clarke, of Brooklyn, was taken to St. Vincent’s Hospital in stable condition with a gunshot wound to his left leg, police said.
Police said they were charging him with criminal possession of a weapon.

RobertR on April 2, 2004 at 4:36 pm

You keep saying turned back into a single theatre, read all the posts turn what back, this was really a new construction, with a reused facade and shell.

edward on March 26, 2004 at 8:28 pm

This project has good intentions but with poor results. Why not keep the theatre as the largest screen of the multiplex? Gutting it for a lobby is a pretty uninspired tradeoff by the developers.

RobertR on February 17, 2004 at 7:29 pm

Number one with Carnige Hall, Lincoln Center and dozens of other smaller venues new York does not need another symphoney concert hall. Number two if you read the description this theatre was built as a cinema from nothing but a shell. What is it that you propose is converted into a concert hall? You obviously have little regard for motion picture theatres.

fred1 on February 17, 2004 at 5:11 pm

a beautiful theater worthy of the big apple

JOY on November 6, 2002 at 10:33 pm

i can’t wait to see The Debut!!!
J~*loca hapa luv

TOBY1939 on January 26, 2002 at 4:42 pm

I go to AMC25 42nd Street all the time. I’m 62 and enjoy the senior discount. I saw “IN THE BEDROOM” at Theater No. 14 last night. I was there early and heard a young woman singing with guitar accompaniment. SHe sounded exactly like a young woman I know who sings exactly the same tupe songs. She has a CD out now, just starting in the music business. I told her she might well be doing this, marketing her CD to a theater chain that would play her songs before movie showings, in-between movie showings. How can she get in touch with the right people about doing this. DIrectly to you or is there someone you can refer her to. Her e mail address is:

. You can reply to me a well since I am very interested too. Her singing and guitar playing, to me, is every bit as good as what I heard last night. Tell me how she can get her music marked, to whom, etc., so that she can be heard in the same way, during these movie breaks. Believe me, she is well worth it!

I enjoy AMC25 so much! I also enjoy going to the new Times Square Cafe. I am going there today, in fact!

So, please help a fine artist get a break. Her name is Val Gomes (pronounced like homes)

Thanks again!

Toby Van Buren ()

Madeline on November 24, 2001 at 10:21 pm

I saw the picture of the AMC EMPIRE 25 and marveled. The facade and lobby were a part of the old ELTINGE THEATRE, which was named for the female impersonator JULIAN ELTINGE. Very ironic too that the female impersonator, RUPAUL is featured in MADAME TUSSAUD’S WAX MUSEUM at the megaplex. WOW! Learn more about Eltinge at It’s fantastic! CINEMA TREASURES is marvelous!!

Patrick Crowley
Patrick Crowley on February 12, 2001 at 4:03 pm

If you visit this theater, you have to check out the outdoor promenade on the top level. Stunning views of Times Square—from twelve stories up!