AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 with IMAX

1998 Broadway,
New York, NY 10023

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HowardBHaas on September 24, 2007 at 8:22 am

The photo linked above on May 14 is of the premiere auditorium mentioned in the intro.

BobT on September 24, 2007 at 8:14 am

Returned to my old neighborhood hangout this weekend to see a very crowded 4:00 showing of an exclusive engagement of “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford” Starring Brad Pitt. It was nice to see the complex, now in AMC’s hands in good condition. While the film just might possibly be the slowest moving picture I’ve ever seen in all my movie going life, the cinematography is Oscar worthy and the projection was so crystal clear I actually thought it was digital projection for while. That is until I saw cigarettes burns at a reel change and boy I haven’t noticed those in a film in while. The theater though not stadium, was pitched and at two hours and forty minutes and fifteen minutes of trailers it was very comfortable.

moviebuff82 on August 15, 2007 at 12:40 pm

When the new Batman movie opens next year at this theater, it will be one of the most innovative films to use four key scenes using the IMAX camera. According to a post by photoman1001 (who posted this on a wrong theater in Paramus), this will be a big thing and will pave the way for future films to be shown in that format. Much like Paramount is doing with digital 3d for that fantasy movie Beowulf, they’re showing the film not only in analog 35mm, but in digital 3-d and in Imax 3-d, making this the first film to be shown in dual 3-d formats. The Lincoln Square 12 plex, plus IMAX, is a good example of how to show a movie the way it’s meant to be seen, even though the IMAX theater is the only one with stadium seating and a big screen.

William on May 14, 2007 at 5:39 am

In a above post it stated that a few houses in the city are no longer THX certified. It is not that they all lost their THX certifications. It’s that the chains were not interested in renewing the licensing agreement with THX. Loews did this in a number of their Los Angeles locations as did AMC. The cost per screen to advertise that the house was THX equipped was around $10,000 a year per screen. So the bean counter for the chains found it was no longer needed, depending on the location. Since Loews was mainly the only chain in the area besides the former GCC now AMC in the Bronx. That had equipped their with THX, they dropped it. Their are more screening on the West Coast that were equipped with THX, than here in NYC.

Coate on March 21, 2007 at 10:25 pm

“300” is currently playing here in IMAX.

moviebuff82 on February 8, 2007 at 9:28 am

does the loews auditorium still have 8 channel sdds? i would love to see a movie in that format.

SMEvans3 on February 8, 2007 at 9:19 am

Although lacking stadium seating in its upstairs auditoriums and going through periods of showing its age, this is generally a good theatre.

The intent of the Loew’s auditorium is admirable, but the execution showed that they just do not build them like the use to. When initially opened, the balcony blocked view of the top of the screen for persons sitting in the back two rows of the orchestra level, and a railing ran through the middle of the picture for persons sitting on the front row of the balcony. I have no idea how they fixed the orchestra seat problem. The railing is still a slight issue for shorter moviegoers.

ridethectrain on December 17, 2006 at 4:56 pm

The premire house the LOEWS house aka Cinema 1 is no longer THX certified. Loews didn’t meet THX requiremnts to remain THX. It’s sad that very few locations in NYC has THX. The only location in New York City is the AMC Bay Plaza Cinema #1.

Loews Village VII, Orpheum, Lincoln Square and Regals Union Square lost their THX certification.

pbubny on December 3, 2006 at 2:54 pm

Just saw my first IMAX DMR feature here: “Happy Feet,” which my wife insisted on (she fell in love with the waddling flightless birds after “March of the Penguins”). It was a suitably spectacular introduction to the world of IMAX blowups, and both the projection and sound were crystal clear (although a few shots of icy Antarctic landscapes revealed what looked like a couple of splotches on the screen). But I have a question about IMAX DMR aspect ratios: Do they normally match the conventional theatrical aspect ratios? I’ve heard that some do, and some don’t, and “Happy Feet” to me looked closer to 2:1 than 2.35:1 (its ratio in conventional 35mm). And while it may have been strictly an optical illusion, the end credits appeared to be projected in an even “taller” aspect ratio, with the credit crawl seeming to start further down the screen than the rest of the movie. Can anybody corroborate any of this?

moviebuff82 on May 7, 2006 at 10:30 am

THat’s sound cool. What has changed at the theatre since its opening in 1994?

KingBiscuits on May 6, 2006 at 10:50 pm

It is rumored some scenes will be in 3-D.

moviebuff82 on April 5, 2006 at 11:35 am

This theatre pulled a trailer for the new 9/11 movie, “UNited 93”. Will this hurt attendance at this top-notch theatre? On a lighter note, I used to go to the IMAX part of the theatre to see mostly Imax 3d shows. Never saw a regular film reshot in IMAX…will Superman Returns be shown in 3d at the theatre?

dave-bronx™ on December 7, 2005 at 8:46 am

A satelite view of the Lincoln Square – the roof of the Imax auditorium is on the right side of the high-rise apartment section of the building.
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richardg on May 11, 2005 at 5:36 pm

I just saw “Chase” in auditorium #1. Although the theatre doesn’t have stadium seating, the floor pitch is steep enough that the person in front of you would have to be an NBA player before your view would even begin to be obstructed. Its total seating capacity of 850 is impressive by today’s standards and the always open balcony is another nice touch. The balcony seats, I believe, 400 patrons. The curtained screen is also another nice touch. They’ve tried to incorporated some of the great features of the older theatres and I’m not sure they succeeded but it’s still a nice theatre in which to see a movie. The screen must be approximately 50 ft. wide. Two native New Yorker musicians whom I talked to after the movie stated they felt this auditorium (number 1) had “the best acoustics of any movie theatre in Manhattan”.

Movieguy718 on May 4, 2005 at 11:55 pm

It’s nicely decorated and has a big screen with a working curtain and a balcony. The sound quality is uaually OK – the volume on the other hand runs the gamut from inaudible to so-loud-it-blasts-you-out-the-back-wall. I suppose it depends on the phase of the moon ;–) Better you might try the IMAX screen upstairs…

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Chris Utley on May 4, 2005 at 3:45 pm

Planning on visiting this theatre when I go to NYC for the first time later this month. Hopefully that “Loews” auditorium is as good as folks have told me it its.

BobT on April 8, 2005 at 2:16 am

This was also one of the first theatres in Manhattan to hit the $10.00 mark. I remember waiting outside on the ticket buyers line for “The Birdcage” and the local news were interviewing patrons reactions to the price hike. Of course it didn’t hurt business at all, the place was always packed. Every IMAX was always sold out. They had unusual showtimes for a neighborhood theatre. I saw “Legends Of The Fall” at 11:00 pm on a non holiday weekday and the film broke around 1:30 and the place was crowded, and “Outbreak” at 11:00am on a Sunday morning. It was “state Of The Art” for it’s time and even if there weren’t stadium seating, at least the auditoriums were pitched. The Balcony in the large theatre was sadly a novelty too. That escaltor to the main floors is not for the faint hearted.

hardbop on April 7, 2005 at 9:24 pm

I believe this venue was the last megaplex to open in Manhattan and maybe the five boroughs without the stadium seating. (I don’t count the State as a megaplex since it is only four screens; I’m pretty sure Lincoln Square preceded the State). I think this place is dated. I was at one screening and the roof was leaking. I find the rooms cramped and it is way too dark before the films begin. And then there is the non-stadium seating.

The UA ‘Plex on 14th Street near Union Square was the first of the modern megaplexes with the stadium seating.

Movieguy718 on January 11, 2005 at 12:26 am

When this place opened, it became my favorite theatre. Then, about two years into it’s run, someone decided to turn the volume down. Tried to see AFTER THE SUNSET there a couple months ago – it was literally inaudible. They were happier to give me a refund than to turn the volume up. I won’t be back.

bamtino on September 4, 2004 at 11:57 am

The theatre’s “chain” needs to be listed as Loews Cineplex Entertainment and the “firm” as Gensler and Associates.

bamtino on September 4, 2004 at 11:55 am

When this theatre opened, Loews/Sony was overwhelmed by its success. For the first several weeks of operation, staff personnel from Loews' theatres throughout the tri-state area were being utilized to help operate the theatre. Due to the peak-business time of year during which the location opened (Thanksgiving season), many of these ushers, cashiers, and concession attendants were working 30-40 hour weeks at their ‘home’ theatres and an additional 30-40 hours at Lincoln Square (receiving the corresponding overtime pay of course, as well as reimbursement for travel expenses). The company’s internal auditors were even drafted to perform all cash handling tasks (cash pulls, bank deposits, etc.)!
Due in part to this bad experience, Loews created a “Corporate Trainer” program, in which the cream-of-the-crop employees from throughout the circuit were trained to assist with theatre openings. In later years, Corporate Trainer teams of 20 or more people were dispatched throughout the nation (and, in fact, internationally) to take part in theatre openings.
In retrospect, the 33,000 attendance of the Lincoln Square’s opening weekend does not, to my mind, seem quite as overwhelming as it appeared to be at the time. However, in the era of modern multiplexes, it must be noted that Lincoln Square opened in uncharted territory. Manhattan’s more unique multiplexes that have opened since, such as the AMC Empire and the Loews E-Walk, probably owe their existence in large part to Lincoln Square’s success.

YMike on August 19, 2004 at 10:55 am

One of my favorite theatres is the “Loews” at this multiplex. With its interior decor, balcony and large screen. (I believe its the widest in NY) you almost feel like you are in a classic film palace of the past. Several years ago they had a classic film series in this theatre and I saw “The Adventures Of Robinhood.” What a great place to see that film in.

br91975 on August 19, 2004 at 6:34 am

Thank you for that comprehensive posting, Damien. The Lincoln Square is, IMHO, the best multiplex within the five boroughs and, I’d have to think, perhaps in the country, as well. The one element I appreciate the most – and the one element that always brings me a bit of sorrow as well – are the nine auditoriums named after Loews movie palaces of the past. It’s a nice tribute, but one that tugs at my heartstrings as well when I think of what’s happened to or what’s become of some of the less fortunate grand film venues of yore (i.e., the old Loew’s State, the Capital, the glorious ruins of the Kings, etc.). Still, it’s a great way to harken back to a time when going to the movies was an experience to remember and that’s truly what an afternoon or evening spent at the Loews Lincoln Square is… an experience to remember and an absolute treat.