AMC Loews Kips Bay 15

570 Second Avenue,
New York, NY 10016

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AMC Loews Kips Bay 15

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Designed by frequent Loews architect, David Rockwell, this 15-screen, all-stadium seating megaplex opened its doors on May 14, 1999 and quickly became one of the most popular movie venues in Manhattan. Now under the AMC banner, it continues to offer a mix of first-run and independent-type films.

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markp on August 10, 2015 at 6:02 am

It was more than likely the xenon bulb had reached its time aqnd needed to be changed. See in the old days a union projectionist like myself would have done it, but the bean counters cant cause they have to worry about getting the money, doing inventory, etc. These days with digital there is no one in the booth. So they call the technician who is also responsible for about 300 other theatres. Such is life in the digital world. I had a great 37 years as a FILM projectionist. Too bad it ended 2 years ago. Sorry your night was ruined.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on August 10, 2015 at 6:35 am

Managers (and ushers) throughout the country are taught how to change Xenon Bulbs, though not often in New York City. When I worked NYC theatres in the eighties with mostly lazy old union projectionists, we had some of the worst sloppiest, presentations in the country, a fact often mentioned in scathing newspaper articles and movie reviews.

theatrefan on August 10, 2015 at 10:13 am

markp & Al Alvarez: To give you a comparison. The very next night I went to see the film again at the Bowtie Cinemas Chelsea a Family owned Chain. Picture and brightness were perfect and the sound was great as well. You can see the difference immediately when people care about presentation versus a gigantic cinema chain. I also forgot to mention to top it off my seat at the Kips Bay was missing an armrest. AMC does absolutely nothing to maintain the theatres they took over from Loews Cineplex, the Irwin Seats originally installed that are still there 16 years later are nothing to write home about either, time has not been kind to them. The very first thing Regal did when it assumed operations of the E-Walk was to toss them all into the dumpster. The AMC Bean Counters will probably use them until they completely fall apart in bits and pieces.

markp on August 10, 2015 at 11:02 am

theatrefan, you are right about amc and their maintenance. But in fairness, here in NJ, they have recently renovated the Mountainside and Freehold complexes. And as to Al Alvarez comment, yes managers and ushers have been trained, if you can call it that. I always took my job seriously. I would recieve prints from some of those theatres that couldnt even been run. Thats why the push for digital was so strong and put me out of work. IM sorry the guys in NYC sucked. But here in central Jersey we were true professionals. We were just lumped into one big group and pushed out by the big bean counters.

theatrefan on August 10, 2015 at 11:13 am

Do any theatres still employ Union projectionists or has DCP made them all obsolete according to the big chain bean counters? A lot of projectionists that used to work in the theatres I used to frequent really cared about film quality presentation, it’s just not the same when you have an usher running things like was evidenced at the Kips Bay this past Friday. I think one of AMC’s predecessors then called Sony Theatres tried to get rid of union projectionists in the Mid Nineties if I remember correctly, there seemed to be picket lines in front of the theatres at the time, if I recall.

markp on August 10, 2015 at 6:31 pm

Sony/Loews was succesful somewhat in the 90’s at least here in Jersey. As far as I know there are no union projectionists in any theatres anymore. Computers run the show now.

theatrefan on August 12, 2015 at 5:57 am

When Media Ingest replaces the building of films on Thursday nights we lose something in the process. Properly projected motion picture film still blows away any 4K digital projection system in terms of image clarity, color saturation, image depth, sharpness. The difference is quite visible to the naked eye.

markp on August 12, 2015 at 1:29 pm

As well as a 38 year veteran projectionist like me.

moviebuff82 on May 31, 2016 at 6:29 pm

They need to renovate this place badly. This theater, along with its sister theaters in NYC that have stadium seating that were built before the AMC Loews merger, were one of the last such places to be built before Loews Cineplex went Chapter 11 and was taken over by private equity firms.

xbs2034 on June 23, 2016 at 9:20 pm

And indeed they are renovating this place.

When I went to see Independence Day Resurgence tonight in the IMAX, sections of the theater were closed off as they were renovating (seems to be done in stages with some screens closed first, and the next screens will close when the others reopen). I know the comfy reclining chairs will be part of the renovation (even had a sample pair in the lobby), though hopefully they will also give any projection/sound improvements needed, as well as spiff up the lobby/concessions section.

It will also be interesting if the IMAX screen has any improvements done or also gets new chairs- FWIW I believe IMAX gets control on auditorium layout with their screens.

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