AMC Empire 25

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

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Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on August 17, 2007 at 6:55 am

I was here Wednesday night; saw two movies and visited the box office, concession stand and the restroom. Everything was just fine.

Forrest136 on August 17, 2007 at 6:48 am

This place is a real downer. I have had bad experiences here the last 4 times I went to see a film there. Poor mangaement is the reason. Keep away if possible!

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on August 8, 2007 at 5:54 am

I think the laws are different now taking into account that almost all theatres are first run. AMC was mostly forced to sell those that monopolized a booking zone.

During the Cineplex Odeon buy, Sony’s stake in Loews became diluted.

bigred on August 8, 2007 at 12:47 am

Considering the size of AMC and Loews is hard to believe they only have to get rid of 10 theatres. I know there are a lot of theatres from both that are in compition of each other. This would also include all the theatres they got from General Cinema. I know that AMC isn’t the only one to get away with buying out the compition and not being require to have compition as antitrust laws state.

There was a post about Sony selling Loews but Sony always owned Loews. It had started as Loews but then they changed the name to Sony but changed it back to Loews only a couple years later.

moviebuff82 on July 25, 2007 at 11:50 am

I agree with you, that art house fare AMC likes to call as select. They also used to show old movies, which Clearview probably stole the idea from when they showed classic movies at some of its theaters. BTW, which theater is the largest in terms of size and seating?

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on July 25, 2007 at 11:45 am

This is my favorite house in the city, apart from the Ziegfeld. (Regal E-Walk is next.) I’ve never had the problems others have encountered, and the presentation and ambiance are first-rate. My only caveat is that they used to play more art films here, on the top level, but now it’s mostly run-of-the-mill multiplex fare.

moviebuff82 on June 21, 2007 at 4:36 pm

I agree with you AlAlvarez. For me, the two best movie theaters in the Rockaway area where I live is the AMC in Rockaway, and the Clearview in Parsippany, both with great sound and picture and decent pricing.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on June 21, 2007 at 4:28 pm

As a regular visitor at both the Empire and the Regal E-Walk I can assure you they are no different than any other New York theatre and better than many.

The 42nd Street project did its best. Putting things in perpective I pay $10.00 to see Russian import DAYBREAK at the AMC with comfortable well spaced seats and bored staff at minimum wage going through the motions.

I pay $111.00 (including $2.50 “theatre restoration charge”) and sit on miniature seats with no leg room or air conditioning while handed a program by some nasty bitch who does it for free show but cannot be bothered to learn the theatre’s seating, to see the bored cast of TARZAN sing Phil Collins tunes. THAT is capitalism at its very worse and masquerading as art to boot!

I pay $10.00 at Lincoln Plaza to see German import THE LIVES OF OTHERS in a tiny screen with abstructing columns and tiny seats while senior citizens chat away during the film and NO usher is on duty at all.

Unpopular as it may seem, I’ll take the two remaining 42nd street movie theatres anyday. Unless the movie is at the Ziegfeld, of course.

LuisV on April 19, 2007 at 9:47 am

I don’t know where all of the negative comments above are coming from. I used to be a frequent patron of the theater before Chelsea Cinemas upgraded their theater on 23rd St. I still come to this theater periodically and have never had an unpleasant experience here and I will continue to patronize this theater when the movies I want to see are not playing in Chelsea. The only theater that I refuse to go to in Manhattan is the god awful Regal Union Square where I have never had a pleasant experience, but that’s for anothere theater site! :–)

William on April 17, 2007 at 2:52 pm

I guess it’s return to what the area once was known for.

“AMC Empire Grindhouse 25”

All the above for the price of $11.00 a ticket.

Forrest136 on April 17, 2007 at 2:27 pm

The management is not interested in comments about this dump. Keep away if possible!

Forrest136 on April 7, 2007 at 12:31 am

What a dump this place has become! I suspect poor management and uninterested workers are the cause. The seats are becoming worn out, the movies do not start on time, house lights remain on, and nasty and stupid workers take your money. Wish there were alternatives, but as you know , theatre choices are getting less and less!

Ian on March 15, 2007 at 1:28 pm

A photo just before opening here:–

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Ed Solero
Ed Solero on December 18, 2006 at 5:30 pm

A few more images I took the other night while on the Duece with my camera:

The face in the window
Standard shot
Blade sign

I guess I never noticed before that the long time Duece retailer from the good ole-bad ole days, Modell’s, was back on the block – relocated across the street from it’s old spot just down from the Harem XXX theater.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on November 5, 2006 at 2:27 am

AMC has these movie money cards that debit the amount at each use. I suspect homeless people get these from charities who fear giving out cash to alcoholics and drug addicts.

Every time I have been to this theatre I have found bag ladies and eccentrics around (one brought had a cat in a bag) although they were probably not homeless.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on November 4, 2006 at 6:13 pm

Ha… That sounds like the Duece movie-going experience I remember from the 1980’s!!! Of course, back then, tickets were only a $2.50 and once nestled in a favorite seat in the rear corner of the auditorium, one could settle in long term without having to move from room to room!!!

Anyway, Fever Dog, I doubt any one homeless person plunks down the $10.75 per day. Spending whatever money they scrounge up on a movie ticket is just a rare treat to deluxe accommodations for them. I’ll bet this is more of an issue in the cold winter months than during the rest of the year.

FeverDog on November 3, 2006 at 8:52 am

I’ve encountered the problem of homeless people using this theater as a shelter in recent years. After getting fed up with snoring, talking to themselves and leaving bodily fluids behind (I won’t give details)I asked the staff about this and they said very nonchalantly.
“They buy a ticket and go from theater to thetaer and stay here all day.” Is this acceptable? Can I do the same, or will I be stopped? Should they have such an apathetic view about homeless people hanging out in the theater? And where do homeless people get $10.75 a day anyways?

William on November 3, 2006 at 6:22 am

It’s their art film select program. As they put it: “AMC SELECT Special Films for select tastes”. Most of the films are independent films from the big studios and smaller studios and film makers.

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hardbop on November 3, 2006 at 5:27 am

Every week in the movie listings in the “Times” weekend guide there are words in the AMC listing under almost every film are the words “AMC SELECT; Special Engagement.” What does that mean?

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on October 11, 2006 at 10:19 am

Here’s another shot from the same site but taken in 1994 when that “poetry project” was still adorning the marquees of the Duece’s vacant grind houses. That block was like a ghost-town during that time, except for the Grand Luncheonette still operating and the old Harris still showing double features. All it was missing were some tumbleweeds rolling around the place – and some Ennio Morricone music!

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on October 11, 2006 at 9:58 am

This page has a nice shot of the by-then long-closed Liberty and Empire Theaters in 1996, with their vacant marquees all lit up during a snow storm. You can see the “Pandora Theater” sheilds on the doors to the Empire as well as the faux lower facade elements that were left over set dressings for the location shoot of “The Last Action Hero” in ‘92.

When this photo was taken, the New Victory Theater had already been re-opened as a children’s theater the year before and Disney’s restoration of the New Amsterdam was well underway. Nineteen Ninety-Six would also see the last porno establishments on the block permanently closed to make way for redevelopment, including the entire stretch of storefronts across the street from Eighth Avenue to the Selwyn Theater building which housed a number of peep-shows, adult book shops and the XXX Harem Theater.

You can just make out the glow from the lit-up marquee of the Movieplex 42 at the right edge of the photo – which would also finish out its short life before the year was out.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on October 10, 2006 at 2:41 pm

I was thinking the same thing, longislandmovies.

longislandmovies on October 10, 2006 at 2:25 pm

frankie —youcould have said the couple……….no need for black

42ndStreetMemories on October 10, 2006 at 11:03 am

Great shot, Ed. Classic image of the Deuce in general back then, especially the guy sleeping 2-3 rows from the top. Usually a relatively calm audience, except when the snoring started, most likely more than one guy at a time, with others screaming for them to “shut up”. Great stuff.

I wonder what was playing. jerry the k

frankie on October 10, 2006 at 10:33 am

I went here with a friend to see the horrible “All The King’s Men.” The black couple behind us wouldn’t shut up, so we had to change our seat.