AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 with IMAX

1998 Broadway,
New York, NY 10023

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Ssdash on May 10, 2016 at 9:09 pm

What’s the latest update on the expected installation of the Laser projector? no hope for civil war I presume but would love to see Rogue One in the format.

moviebuff82 on May 10, 2016 at 3:46 pm

No recliners at this theater, though.

xbs2034 on May 9, 2016 at 6:03 pm

I believe the IMAX, balcony in the Loews, and three screens in the basement have stadium seating.

mhvbear on May 9, 2016 at 12:33 pm

No stadium in the orchestra seating of the Loews. Probably stadium seating in the balcony section. But never sat up there.

moviebuff82 on May 9, 2016 at 11:55 am

Isn’t the Loews the only one with stadium seating besides the imax theater in this venue?

digital3d on May 7, 2016 at 4:44 pm

“I actually was going to see Everybody Wants Some here a few weeks ago and when I arrived the showing had been cancelled so they could host a NYC premiere that night”

Fair point, but couldn’t you say that about any advance screening in general?

Maybe they should take one auditorium in 68th and just reserve it for premieres. 68th st is a nice venue which I think could work very well for premieres. The Loews theater foe example has balcony so stars could sit there.

xbs2034 on May 7, 2016 at 3:56 pm

I agree, doing a premiere in a multiplex which is showing other movies (I actually was going to see Everybody Wants Some here a few weeks ago and when I arrived the showing had been cancelled so they could host a NYC premiere that night) just isn’t the same as having a movie palace all to itself.

I would think the Paris theater would be a better option, but studios rarely seem to use that location, and I imagine if studios aren’t happy with Lincoln Square for premieres, they may look for special venues like Batman v Superman did with Radio City, or host it in a different city.

alpinedownhiller on May 7, 2016 at 3:16 pm

Sadly, Ziegfeld won’t be showing any movies, never mind premieres anymore.

A Jan 28th showing of The Force Awakens was the last movie it ever showed. :( Another big palace trashed by a developer. Studios not happy as it was the poshest place by far and they had been trying to do more premieres in NYC again. Even a couple years ago one I was in got switched late in the game from Ziegfeld to LS.

moviebuff82 on May 7, 2016 at 6:08 am

With the ziegfeld no longer showing world premieres of big movies, this theater is filling in the void for east coast premieres.

xbs2034 on May 6, 2016 at 12:51 pm

IMAX has said that at least for now, they are only doing laser on screens 80feet wide or bigger, so that suggests digital cannot fill that size.

Also, purely by eyeballing it, I would guess the current digital set up is about 75 feet wide, there are significantly sized black bars on both the left and right.

alpinedownhiller on May 6, 2016 at 12:34 pm

And I had heard that most digital projectors couldn’t really even quite hit 70' scope, only a maybe one, not sure though.

alpinedownhiller on May 6, 2016 at 12:33 pm

Maybe things have changed, but at one point I had heard that digital couldn’t handle anything bigger than 70' scope. Maybe they can hit 85' now?? I still thought only laser or film could (although I heard the 85' 35mm projections tended to look somewhat dim (obviously the 1570 IMAX places could do a very bright ultra giant screen though).

alpinedownhiller on May 6, 2016 at 12:31 pm

Well NJ does have the Liberty IMAX which is huge, however it is domed so it’s poor for regular movies (which they don’t show anyway).

alpinedownhiller on May 6, 2016 at 12:29 pm

thanks, so I guess LS is no longer the largest and reading the comments there, actually only tied for 2nd largest in NA now. “The IMAX at the Warren Theater in Wichita, Ks is 101 ft x 84 ft”

Not that 97' vs 101' is much of a big deal, all three are insanely awesome sized

it is frustrating that NJ, with all the population and money, somehow never ever gets those true ultra giant screens. I’m all but positive that not a single screen is over 70' wide in all of northern and central NJ. I’m not even certain that is has anything over 61' or so wide.

still, it is better than it used to be, between around 1984 and roughly 1999 (the old Paramus 4 with the 2500 seat auditorium with a balcony screen was said to have been 62'x31' but they chopped it into EIGHT mini-screens on two levels around 1984?? :( ) I don’t think it had anything over 50' wide, and not much over 40'. The Rockaway AMC alone has four screens over 55' wide. I’m not quite sure but I think it has two 57'x30.5' (pretty much positive about this going by an article that came out when they built the place), one 57'x 25' (it looks like it’s same width but scope ratio instead, more seats though, not quite sure) and the IMAX which is probably around the 59'x33.7' range.

anyway i’m getting too off-topic for LS now

stevenj on May 6, 2016 at 8:44 am

alpinedownhiller….Left off your list….SF’s Metreon 16 IMAX screen is the same size as Lincoln Sq 13 – 75X97

WSJ article

xbs2034 on May 5, 2016 at 10:25 pm

I saw Civil War here as well, and yes they always show digital IMAX windowboxed here since the projectors can’t fill the screen.

Only 15/70 IMAX filled the screen on the sides for widescreen movies, and completely with IMAX shot scenes (laser would do the same if they ever actually install it- has been delayed like 4 times already, and now Sydney IMAX is saying delayed till 2017 for them, which is crazy as it’s the world’s largest movie screen and really should have been one of the early ones to get the system)

digital3d on May 5, 2016 at 8:59 pm

I saw Civil War here. It was my first Imax visit. And is it true that they always only uss a certain part of the screen? It felt like they just wasted a huge chunk of space on the screen. Why not use it all? Even the expanded sequence had black bars all around (even though that sequence looked pretty amazing in that expanded format.)

waterguy56 on May 5, 2016 at 7:31 pm

interesting statistics to see!

I believe the maximum width a digital xenon projector can do is 85ft, projection bigger than that just makes the image blurry. So given LS’s 97.6ft screen, it’s reasonable for them to project at around 80ft.

alpinedownhiller on May 5, 2016 at 6:25 pm

Actually here is some data I found over the years:

giant screens:
AMC Lincoln Square IMAX NY, NY – 97.6'x75.6'

Boston Laser IMAX – not sure but huge, thinking must be 90' for sure, so many more seats across each row than say the Rockaway IMAX that it isn’t even funny, it has full IMAX ratio

Mann’s Chinese with the new Laser IMAX screen – 90'x? (I think it’s around the 1.78:1 ratio of regular digital imax)

Arclight Cinerama Dome, LA, CA – 86'x?‘

New England Aquarium IMAX Boston, MA – 85'x65'

Palace “Grand Palace”, Ontario, CA (California) – 85'x?'

New Roc IMAX New Rochelle, NY – 81.5'x59.5'(not sure what it is now after digital conversion)

Jordan smaller IMAX, MA – 80'?x?'

Mann’s Chinese, LA, CA the original screen – heard various conflicting info between 60'-80’x?

Edwards Big Newport S1, Newport Beach, CA – 80'x?'

Near Atlantic City – apparently some independent put in some sort of at least 80' wide true IMAX ratio screen, although the IMAX films are gone now 15/70 and Laser is not there yet so not sure how it works at this point there)

Continental Denver?, CO – 78'x?'

Palisades IMAX Nyack, NY – 74'x53.8' (sadly destroyed last year! impossible to see true IMAX in northern NJ now in reasonable fashion, LS is such a horror story and expense, only a truly out of this world once in a blue moon event it worth the money and hours of hassle to get there and back, TFA would’ve been it but they pulled the real IMAX just for the release!!?!!?)

Tropicana IMAX Atlantic City, NJ – 69.8'x52.5'

digIMAX Reading, PA – 70'x42' (this is one of the largest digital xenon IMAX screens around, although perhaps LS projects to a larger size?? and maybe one of those Newport or other mega CA screens does a bigger digital IMAX not sure what the status is at those with film gone)

Palace “Hollywood” (S1) Ontario, CA – 70'x?'

Palace “Chinese” (S22) Ontario, CA – 70'x?'

Uptown Theatre, Washington DC – 70'x?'

Reading two giant screens Manville, NJ – 70'x30’???(are they for sure? in some ways they seem maybe more like 59-63' wide to me, whatever the case, they are just about the widest in central and northern NJ, along with Rockaway IMAX, maybe Paramus IMAX is wider? maybe IKEA IMAX is a trace wider???)

Cinerama Seattle, WA – 68'x?'

intermediate size (by modern IMAX standards): Museum of Natural History IMAX NY, NY – 66'x40'

Screen Monster Boston, MA – 65'x?'

smaller non-giant screens (at least by modern day IMAX standards): AMC IMAX Rockaway, NJ – not exactly sure but I’d guess maybe 59-61'x 33'ish ???

AMC digIMAX Hamilton, NJ – 58'x32'

AMC RealD Rockaway, NJ – 57'x30.5'

AMC digIMAX Cherry Hill, NJ – 54'x28’

alpinedownhiller on May 5, 2016 at 6:13 pm

If they project the digital xenon at LS at 80' width that’s pretty wide. That’s way, way wider than most digital xenon imax. They are almost all 50'-70' (with very few above 62' and I think it’s either 56' or 58' that is most common, I forget). Heck I think 80' is wider than the 15/70 IMAX at Palisades before the ruined it. I think that was, what 75'? I have the exact numbers somewhere or other.

The Laser IMAX in Boston is pretty huge. There are so many more seats across each row there than at say the Rockaway xenon IMAX that it isn’t even funny.

mhvbear on May 5, 2016 at 4:44 pm

There are no plans for installation of recliners in the IMAX. New seating is planned on being installed but they are not going to want to decrease the capacity by 50%. Then tickets would have to be $42 to make the nut,

moviebuff82 on May 5, 2016 at 12:29 pm

Also reserved seating makes it a plus. The audio speakers are also more spacious than most digital imax theaters in smaller multiplexes. I can’t wait until they install recliners in the imax as well as laser projection. Prices at the LS are higher than other theaters in the northeast. The most expensive are 3D, Atmos, and IMAX. Maybe Dolby Cinema at AMC could come to LS.

waterguy56 on May 5, 2016 at 7:40 am

I believe no differencees in terms of image quality and brightness since they are using the same projector, but the size of the image may be slightly bigger at LS( although the screen is 100ft wide, the image only takes around 80ft—similar to most other IMAX theaters) And LS also got a bigger auditorium with more people coming there, so the atmosphere may be better for some fans.

moviebuff82 on May 4, 2016 at 11:52 am

How does the digital imax at LS compare to Rockaway? The one in Rockaway is big and great for widescreen scope movies as well as flat movies too.

waterguy56 on May 3, 2016 at 3:27 pm

Wish there could be a 70mm version of Civil War, but sadly only digital and laser imax were made. No doubt the digital IMAX at LS13 will be the best available format in NYC since no civil war at Dolby cinema at empire 25( both formats are really good tho)