AMC Lincoln Square 13

1998 Broadway,
New York, NY 10023

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Movieguy718 on May 5, 2005 at 1:55 am

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…

Chris Utley
Chris Utley on May 4, 2005 at 5:45 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 4:16 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 11:24 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 2:26 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 1:57 pm

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 1:55 pm

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 12:55 pm

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 8:34 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.