AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13

1998 Broadway,
New York, NY 10023

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KingBiscuits on February 14, 2010 at 12:52 am

That’s not really news, Fencsak. They also listed the UA East 85th Street in the same ad.

moviebuff82 on February 13, 2010 at 11:17 pm

This theater is listed as one of the theaters shown on an Iphone in a commercial for the product. Will they ever upgrade every theater except the imax with stadium seating in this building? The theater is near 20 years old yet they have digital projection in some of their screens.

alpinedownhiller on February 12, 2010 at 1:03 am

Thanks, but, no, that is not what I meant.

Palisades IMAX has the standard IMAX ratio, too tall for Avatar (1.78:1 for IMAX 3D) so they will obviously not be able to use the top and bottom part of the screen but that is not what I am talking about. I am talking about side-boxing. At least the time I saw it there they did not use the full screen WIDTH despite the screen already having far more than enough height to support using the full screen width (I forget what IMAX is something like 1.44:1 or 1.6:1), it was not just letterboxed but also side-boxed as well. Maybe they didn’t use or don’t have a bright enough bulb to project film in 3D at their full screen width??

Anyway I was wondering whether or not the Lincoln Square screen is using the full 97' width or not. If so it might be cool to check it out there even though it is a major pain to get there, but if they are also stuck just using like a 65'-70' width too then there is no point in going through the mess to get to that theater in the middle of Manhattan.

William on February 11, 2010 at 10:14 pm

Depending on the theatre you see Avatar at there is different screen ratios availible. For Avatar, they were shooting in a 16:9 ratio (1.78). They extracted a Scope (2.40) ratio from that for 2D theatrical exhibition. And for 3D theatrical exhibition, the theatres that can will be in the 16:9 (1.78) format, and the theatres that can’t will be in scope (2.40) format. The 3D works better in the 1.78 ratio.

alpinedownhiller on February 4, 2010 at 7:53 am

has anyone seen avatar 3D on the IMAX screen here?

Do they project to the full 97' width or something smaller?

At the palisades center they are not projecting to the full 74' screen width for Avatar 3D.

(note I am not talking about filling the screen top to bottom as that would be impossible since Avatar is 1.78:1)

fosterke on December 16, 2009 at 9:32 pm

THX Certified doen’t = THX Certificate chula vista 10 in southern california was a great theater plaques certificates every theater THX with a Plaque by each door sloped seating unobstructed views and the sound was amazing with or without alot of people in the theater

fosterke on December 16, 2009 at 9:28 pm

If you have a THX certificate DD Plaque DTS plaque SDDS plaque hanging in display, employing their equipement you should play their trailer/advertisement. People should be made aware of what they are seeing and hearing even if they could care less about it. More info not less, less i don’t know’s and more I know’s… It’s part of the moviegoing experience and I think we all miss the dancing popcorn ads.

fosterke on December 16, 2009 at 9:22 pm

THX has meaning. Compare a SONY receiver to a Yamamha with THX and the Yamaha will come out on top… It sucks to have to pay extra but if it’s worth it… Theaters get certified=which equals a check on the speakers wiring speaker positioning wattage db fq eq distortion % to if what the theater purchase it terms of AV gear meets the basic requirements… Having the certificate hanging means they invested in the additonal equipement… OK AVATAR

moviebuff82 on December 13, 2009 at 7:49 pm

I used to go to a THX certified screen for one movie, Dinosaur, and the movie wasn’t playing in Dolby Digital and was quiet Dolby Stereo. This was in Clifton Commons during its early years. Wonder if AMC still has those two THX signs up on those screens as well as in Bridgewater Commons. Those screens didn’t show the THX trailer, which kinda sucks even though I can watch them online and on DVDs.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on December 13, 2009 at 7:36 pm

THX failed some New York houses for good reasons, then used them in their trade advertising to promote the certification anyway. The failed theatres were then granted certificates anyway when chains stopped paying them. They then awarded certificates to theatres that paid without meeting the requirements at all. They ruined their own brand years ago.

Although it is mostly based maintaining noise reduction in the room, some certified theatres have horrible air conditioning and subway rumbling problems.

THX means nothing.

William on December 13, 2009 at 3:10 pm

THX deals with the design of the room and placement of speakers. And what type of equipment and wire that comes off a list of companies THX approves. It has to deal with problems of noise in A/C units and other building issues at the theatre. And the main heart to the system is a crossover/booth monitor unit, which holds the THX crossover cards. And the theatre chain paying around $10,000 a year for the certification. New York had around 4 plexes that had been THX certification. All those houses are still up and running. They no longer employ advertising the THX brand on their screenings. As for Edwards they built a few plexes in Southern California that employed the THX brand. Those theatres stopped suporting the THX certification, because of the cost. They built afew nice theatres with alot of bells & whisles. But dropped the ball in keeping up with these extras. Cineplex had a few THX houses in Southern California too. The only plex to keep THX was their CityWalk plex at Universal Studios. Their Beverly Center had the two main houses THXed, the Odeon in Westwood was THX on it’s opening and later de-THXed (Mann later returned the crossover cards to the unit & payed the fee), and the Cineplex in Marina Del Rey had a THX house at one time. The UA Egyptian in Hollywood did not pay for the THX certification, but bought equipment off the THX equipment list for the opening of “Return of the Jedi”. It’s all about marketing to THX or not. Some people and chains like the system HPS-4000. Los Angeles only had one theatre that used that system (the original large house which Cineplex cutup at the Century City aka Plitt Century Plaza) the former small house got THX after Warner payed for it. The HPS-4000 system is also about the design and placement of speakers in the theatre. To me both systems are very good sounding sound systems. Other than the type of speakers the heart of the system is a set of three Dolby cat-64 EQ cards.
New York area has some really good sounding houses, but it’s the film handling that needs tobe better watched. And the chains
replacing long houred xenon lamps.

fosterke on December 13, 2009 at 2:08 pm

New York is not on point when it comes to movie theaters, these companies just take over whatever and leave them as is mostly especially AMC, REGAL actually spends sometime replacing the speakers and wiring and amps and replaces the seats… There are many of states with different movie exhibitors doing so much more with the theaters, better things like restaurants in the theater, being able to have a meal while watching a movie not so multiplexis. I need some money to make a movie theater so all can come and enjoy the show again. Happy movie going

fosterke on December 13, 2009 at 2:03 pm

Audiopiles can appreciate the differences in all the processes. THX certification does not equal employing the THX HARDWARE IN THE THEATER. THX is not perfect nothing is but it is pretty damn precise and it set the bar back in the late 80’s-90’s. I don’t agree with paying an outragous amount of money for anything but those theaters that look and sound better paid for it… If you want some of the best in a movie theater go to Edwards 21 in IRVINE California, that theater has a large format screen IMAX screen coliseum designed auditorium, and I don’t know if it had any THX anything but the large format screen had concert style speakers with two big 20 inch woofers a horn in the center and on top of the speaker and these were used for the left and right surrounds. If you don’t no bass from your theater then the BASS MODULES can be crap or the Projectionist in the booth didn’t “adjust the levels right” thats what a THX certificate + Hardware is all about with the certificate looking like a cetificate of accomadation or appreciation h.s. diploma etc. Enjoy

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on December 13, 2009 at 6:08 am

So, to sum things up.

THX certification means nothing. If I pay enough I can get a certificated even though my sound is shit.

fosterke on December 13, 2009 at 4:36 am

ALL THEATERS ARE THX CERTIFIED (HDTV’S will soon be THX Certified and some DVD and Blue Ray players will be too for the home). The Theaters that have a Certificate of achievement if you will (resembles the ones from school or work) in a plaque strung up the theater Employ the Equipment/hardware for THX which calibrates everything, as far as I know California is the biggest employer of this in their theaters. NYC has one and the IMAX is THX CERTIFIED BUT DOESN’T EMPLOY THE TECHnology THX=High highs low lows vocals calibrated and no distortion THX is like an EQUALIZER in your home stereo Not all theaters pay extra for that. Get all the DVD’s of jame’s cameron’s movies and they all are THX Certified except for TERMINATOR ( I believe not sure even though I have the DVD it’s cracked, I played it too much)

fosterke on December 13, 2009 at 4:23 am

Every movie theater is certified by THX not all have a CERTIFICATE indicating that it employs the THX sound LEVELING TECHNOLOGY thats a THX theater and a big difference in the sound the vocals are right the lows are lower and the highs are higher but done right and not overestimated. THX CERTIFIED MEANS THE AMP SPEAKERS AND WIRING CAN HANDLE CERTAIN FREQUECIES but they are not properly calibrated theater’s… I’ve had to get managment at the AMC empire a few times cause we couldn’t hear sound or the sound wasn’t in surround sound and the person in the booth messed up di this in AMC loew raceway and roosevelt field too THX WITH THE CERTIFICATION MEANS SOMETHING on a calibration level… from the man… DTS MEANS SOMETHING MORE ON AN AMBIENCE level than DOLBY DIGITAL Try ROBOCOP the director’s cut and listen to it both DTS and DOLBY DIGITAL there’s a difference… Also Jurrassic Park 1 the DVD with DTS ( only a limited amout of those went out but the sound design speaks for itself and shines in either dolby digital or DTS. IT’s Tough finding a good theater these days I think… but search and hopefully you will seek and find the one that really brings it all home. As far as lucas threating not to play STAR WARS thats the similar with AVATAR, and 3D TECH these theater’s gotta get on the bandwagon and I’m no cheerleader for 3D AVATAR will be my first 3D flick but I will see it in Real D 3 D at AMC 2D and IMAX 3D for the immersion possibly not a guarantee… Happy moviegoing I’m the dreamer of dreams to make a movie signing out

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on December 12, 2009 at 9:12 pm

Some of the worst theatres around the world have THX certificates. Although I admit Lincoln Square has great sound, THX certified means nothing except that a theatre paid to be certified.

When Lucas threatened not to play the STAR WARS sequels at non-certified theatres, suddenly some of the worst theatres around the world became certified overnight.

fosterke on December 12, 2009 at 7:41 pm

This theater has the largest traditional screen in nyc. The IMAX is a true IMAX not a modified 35MM screen IMAX. and the Loews auditorium is the only theater in NYC that is THX certified ( which makes a huge difference with the sound and level and …) has a THX certificate visible and the only NYC theater that actually employs the THX technology. Best sound in the city (Ziegfeld is a close second ONLY after the modifications made to the sound system prior to the exibition of Star Wars Episode 2 and 3) AMC Empire 25 theater 6 is good and was great back in 2000-2003. I wonder if their deal with sony is still a go with the SDDS thing… IN CALIFORNIA Almost all the theaters AMC or not Employ the THX technology… IF you ever wonder or have a complaint as to what your seeing or hearing whether it be 35MM (mostly everything now unless your at grubman’s mann theater on hollywood blvd in LA which is 70MM) RealD 3D Dolby 3D (3D technologies with different requirements and specifications as well as different results just like there’s a difference in LCD PLASMA and LED TV’s and the end result) XpandD IMAX 3D, DTS DOLBY DIGITAL SDDS (only in theaters not for homes yet SONY’S taking over… HIDE) THX certified (with or without THX certificate plaqued by theater) WETA DIGITAL DOMAIN INDUSTRIAL LIGHT AND MAGIC (WARNER BROS NEW LINE=THE SAME COMPANY) (FOX FOX SEARCHLIGHT=SAME COMPANY) DO SOME research and demand to be informed because I like when they use to show the green screen before a trailer and the popcorn and soda dancing before they would show they would show the DTS or DOLBY DIGITAL trailer and then the THX trailer and then the movie would begin it’s all part of a great movie going experience. AVATAR

moviebuff82 on November 5, 2009 at 9:36 pm

yes it’s coming. There’s a midnight showing, not to mention the Digital 3D version. Surprisingly, the new MJ movie didn’t play at this theater in IMAX…only the AMC 34th street theater showed it in digital IMAX. Will this theater still play “Polar Express” in Imax 3D in time for christmas? Probably not with the arrival of Avatar and the departure of Xmas Carol 3D.

ByMinotti1 on October 20, 2009 at 4:46 pm

Does anyone know if A Christmas Carol in Imax 3D is coming to this theater? Can you order tickets for it yet?

moviebuff82 on October 11, 2009 at 5:28 pm

The next movie to be shown after “WTWTA” is the Michael Jackson movie, which was shot with a Red One camera. It won’t be in 3D, although the concert upon which this film is based on had an elaborate 3D music video to be shown, but that didn’t come to fruition. After that movie, it’s “A Christmas Carol” in Imax 3D and Digital 3D and then Avatar, followed by Alice in Wonderland.

moviebuff82 on October 7, 2009 at 7:55 pm

Wow…for a movie that hasn’t been advertised on tv yet but seen online by millions as well as in theatres, that’s some good news. Is the theater doing anything for its 15th anniversary on November 18th, 2009? That weekend, the “New Moon” movie comes out, although it won’t be in IMAX (“Xmas Carol” will be shown in IMAX 3D). The next IMAX movie to be released will be “Where the Wild Things Are”, which is a supersized version of the 2.35:1 version of the movie, similar to what was done to “Star Trek”.

geniusdj2 on October 5, 2009 at 4:36 am

okay so i called at the theatre today asking about avatar midnight showing. ITS SOLD OUT ALREADY!!

moviebuff82 on August 24, 2009 at 11:51 pm

recently a 4k screen was installed at this theater.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on July 1, 2009 at 10:26 pm

An IMAX theatre already existed in Las Vegas by 1980.

Those paintings along the huge lobby walls of old Loews Theatres and movie stars are still there.

I saw the last HARRY POTTER here with a few minutes in 3D IMAX. The screen size and 3D did not add much to the film so I won’t bother this time.