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This coming November, this theater turns 15 years old. It was the first megaplex in Times Square with 10 or more screens and did robust business and often carried over product from its sister theaters in the surround area when it was owned by Loews Cineplex. Things have changed since then…the smaller theaters have shut down and become retail space/concert hall venues, and attendance has changed yet the main two theaters in Times Square have attracted millions of moviegoers each year.
In April of next year it will be 15 years since this theater was opened. To this day it’s still the busiest theater in America due to its number of screens and exclusive engagements of indie and mainstream movies before nationwide releases. It was the second megaplex to open in Times Square, the first being the E-Walk in 1999. During its opening in 2000, this theater occasionally showed classic movies in the smaller screens while showing the latest blockbusters on the bigger screens.
My dad went to see Apocalypse Now at this theater during that engagement and enjoyed the 5.1 analog surround sound and the movie too. Having watched the movie on DVD I can say that this movie holds up even today.
I first heard about this theater on the radio back in 1996 when they announced the grand opening of this theater. It was on z100. The theater was quite advanced for its time for the Loews Circuit. Since it was then owned by Sony, it had playstation kiosks as well as promos for Sony stuff and auditoriums that had the short lived 8 channel SDDS sound system.
That must’ve been a chore, blacknoi. The opening of this theaters' successor saved time since it had 16 screens.
Just came back from seeing “Guardians of the Galaxy” in IMAX 3D….it was worth going to…the 3D conversion was pretty good and I like the aspect ratio changes and scenes in which things pop out of the scope aspect ratio as well as full screen transitions. During the preshow, the last few minutes were cut off by the preshow. Nearly all of the trailers were 2d, one of which was windowboxed (Night at the Museum 3), and others that didn’t fill up the IMAX screen that were in scope, and one 3D trailer that looks really good, the next Hobbit movie. I was a bit dissapointed that the third trailer for Interstellar wasn’t shot in IMAX as that film was near completion at the time of this comment. As for the movie, it was quite enjoyable and the audience loved it. Stay after the credits for a funny scene. The audio mix is a bit loud but very good.
what sound systems has this theater used since its inception? I bet all of them, from vitaphone to Dolby Atmos. As for projection, i guess they used everything from 16mm to 35mm to 70mm to digital projection. Do any of the theaters have stadium seating?
When the theater was demolished they repaved that spot for cars. BTW, Spies like Us was from 1985 not the 1970s, Fizz1.
The only traces of General Cinema are the front of the theater with the yellow stars near the streaks and the blue banner across the sign. The digital showtimes inside the lobby are still there as well as near the left wing of the theater in green LED lights as well as the purple paint inside the building.
Saw this theater during footage of Drunk History….read my post on the chinese
I was watching this week’s episode of “Drunk History” on Comedy Central and during an episode that made fun of the history of Hollywood they showed footage of the Chinese theater with the IMAX signs. Still looks great.
When Loews merged with Cineplex in 1998, Clearview took over the theater as well as other Cineplex properties.
Star Wars first played at the Ziegfeld as a special edition for all three movies since the Astor played the original saga during its theatrical run in 70mm. The new one coming out is being shot on film then converted to 3d….wonder if they’ll show it this way soon?
in rockaway i usually go for the early shows and not 3d or imax….i can deal with very blurry projection and loud surround sound and very stiff seats lol….
Might have been a delivery error by the studio to amc. Today, I went to see “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” in 2d, and came in just in time for the trailer reel. I already saw the second Hunger Games Mockingjay trailer so i didn’t know if they showed it before the amc policy trailer or after the movie was over. Presentation was pretty good and the crowd seemed to enjoy it. I also got a free Imax Transformers poster even though i’ll wait for the bluray to come out for rental. Pretty soon this theater will have comfier seats. Some of the seats are a bit stiff for me to sit through.
Probably yes if it draws people away from netflix and into a movie theater.
20 years ago today Forrest Gump came out at this theater and others.
This is good news for studios but bad news for exhibitors. Ever since the 1950s audiences have eroded the theater for TV and other means of home media but have slowly come back as younger moviegoers discover the magic of going to a theater.
XD like cinemark xd.
Transformers 4 was shot in digital imax 3d (the first feature length film to use it) and presented that way.The next 70mm film to be shown later this year will be Interstellar which will probably be the last major 70mm imax feature film.
Maybe renovations like most amc theaters are getting as part of the parent company’s agenda to retrofit non stadium seating seats into luxury seats.
And that was more than 30 years ago, back when the theater had six screens and two of them showed 70mm projection and six track Dolby Stereo.
Was that theater the Wayne quad? Both theaters were run by UA in addition to the Pascack theater in Westwood, NJ among others, before either closing them or selling them to other chains as competitors expanded screens such as Sony/Loews in Wayne.
It’s time for AMC to renovate this theater and put in reclining seats like its sister theater the 84th street 6. It’s also common in other AMC theaters in the US to see a movie the way the director intended it to be. How are the other screens compared to the IMAX screen? When did the IMAX open?
Yes hdtv267. When the trailer reel starts at AMC, after the announcer says, “Coming Soon to AMC”…the words zoom out and the green band is on for the first trailer. All other trailers don’t have bands and conclude with not only the movie title date and amc logo but the film’s rating on the lower left corner of the screen.