Regal E-Walk Stadium 13

247 W. 42nd Street,
New York, NY 10036

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Regal E-Walk Stadium 13

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A symbol of the ‘new’ Times Square (built roughly on the same site of a definitive symbol of the old Times Square – the former 24-hour porn grindhouse, the Harem Theatre), this 13-screen, all-stadium seating megaplex (part of the larger E-Walk entertainment complex), replete with retro-Art Deco style touches, murals, and enough neon to illuminate 50 pizza parlors, opened its doors on November 12, 1999.

Initially it had little neighborhood competition – the faded Criterion Center seven-screen multiplex at Broadway and 45th; the white elephant Loews State Theatre on the basement floor of the Virgin Megastore, one block north of the Criterion; and the single auditorium Loews Astor Plaza Theatre on 44th Street, west of Broadway – but, by April of 2000, with those aforementioned theatres either closed, facing increasing irrelevancy, or facing attendance drops of several fractions, the Loews 42nd Street E-Walk found itself competing with a even bigger movie (and crowd) magnet across the street: AMC’s first foray into the NYC film marketplace, the Empire 25.

Despite a battle to fill their combined 38 screens with product, both theatres have succeeded in making Times Square arguably the strongest filmgoing destination it’s ever been.

AMC acquired this theatre, along with the rest of the Loews Cineplex chain, in January 2006. As a condition of approving the merger, the state and federal governments required Loews and AMC to sell ten theatres, including this one.

It became a Regal cinema on September 15, 2006.

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Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on December 26, 2015 at 7:40 pm

Went to the 7:20pm showing of “H8TEFUL” on Christmas Day. The doorman quickly informed us that our home printed advanced $20.00 ticket had to be redeemed at the boxoffice, making it necessary to return downstairs to stand in line. After waiting in a lower lobby standing in line for 45 minutes we were finally allowed to climb up two non-operational escalators and into the auditorium at 7:25pm with the Overture already completed and a “CINERAMA” logo inexplicably on the screen. There was no top or bottom masking, making the screen look sloppy, but the presentation and sound were otherwise excellent. Seating continued for another ten minutes as people stumbled over other’s feet trying to find a seat even as the opening credits ended and the action started. No seats were reserved and some ended up in the whiplash front row.

At the ten minute intermission a repeat of the seating fiasco took place a second time as some in the audience had been waiting for three hours already desperately needed a bathroom break. Others ransacked the free program table as if it were a bargain basement rack when word got out that the programs had unique posters in the centerfold for each of the eight main characters. I will leave a review of the film to other sites but this awful experience at the Regal E-walk could never be confused with any other Road Show I ever attended. Perhaps Tarantino got confused with the 1940’s exploitation V.D. warning movie roadshow experience.

markp on December 26, 2015 at 8:31 pm

Al Alvarez, Im glad you enjoyed the quality presentation on screen. Im a little disappointed there is no top or bottom masking but the tech did a good job to make the plate look good. Im taking great pain to make sure that print stays in the condition it is now. I am only there for 2 weeks as the projectionist, but so far our theatre is one of only a handful, and the only one in NYC with no problems. I hope to keep it that way.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on December 26, 2015 at 8:50 pm

Good work, MarkP. I am glad you got the job. Too bad the crowd control is so poor here.

markp on January 10, 2016 at 10:26 am

We finished the run of Hateful 8 on thursday night, Jan 7. I am very proud to sat that the print went out in the same pristine condition it arrived in back on Dec 23.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 16, 2016 at 8:44 pm

Regal had this multiplex renovated after taking over. The project was designed by the Philadelphia architectural firm JKRP Architects (formerly JKR Partners) and there are four photos on this page of the firm’s web site.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 8, 2016 at 8:27 pm

According to an article at a site called Comic Book Resources, “…4DX theaters… provide environmental effects synced with the movie, including ‘motion-activated seats, wind, fog, rain, lightning, vibration, snow, and scents.’” To me it sounds like it would be more annoying than engaging, but then not being a big fan of action movies maybe I’m just missing the subtle allure of such gimicks.

Regal opened the first 4DX auditorium in the U.S. (100 seats) at its L.A. Live multiplex in 2014, and another was opened in Chicago last year. The New York City venues will apparently be the third and fourth, so the system hasn’t exactly set the industry alight. At an extra eight bucks a pop (over 3D prices, not regular movie prices) I’m not surprised. I’d be unlikely to spend an extra eight dollars just to get my arse jiggled, my clothes dampened, and my nostrils assailed, and I suspect not many other people will go for it either. Though I do wonder how much Axe Body Spray they will release into the air every time Henry Cavill appears on screen.

moviebuff82 on May 10, 2016 at 6:44 pm

This theater is showing Captain America Civil War in RPX, 2D, 3D, and 4DX.

FAShaffi on August 24, 2016 at 11:27 pm

does anyone know if auditorium 12 and 13 are the only scope screens in this theater? or are there more?

markp on August 6, 2017 at 4:27 pm

I’m happy to report that our 70MM print of “Dunkirk” went out in the same pristine condition it was received in. As a matter of fact it is being shipped back to Warner Brothers to be used for select future screenings.

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