AMC Kips Bay 15

570 2nd Avenue,
New York, NY 10016

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AMC Kips Bay 15

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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moviebuff82 on August 15, 2018 at 7:02 pm

xbs2034 on August 16, 2018 at 7:46 am

Though it’s important to note it’s the E Walk IMAX VR location which closed. Still, from what I’ve seen, I don’t think this one does great business either.

klstra on August 27, 2018 at 1:04 pm

Continuing my “2001” adventure. On Aug 26 I gave my review of viewing the 70mm film version at AMC Lincoln Center at that theater’s comments. The focus/detail was incredible but the sound was ONLY from the screen. This morning I tried my best to enjoy the “restored” digital version at Kips Bay. I didn’t!! First, the surround sound was 100% better than the sound at Lincoln Square, in that it was surround!@! It did lift me out of my seat and sonically and placed me in the images. Bless von Karajan!! BUT, there was at time, and usually during the BEAUTIFUL dead space silence, very loud rumbling and bass sound bursts from a nearby theater. Terrible!!

The presentation I saw, as the theater manager informed me.. in digital format.. was a great disappointment as far as screen clarity. I would say there was a 10-15% loss in clarity over the film I watched at AMC Lincoln Center. I’m so glad I heard of those few presentations!! It was bad enough to make most of the effects look like effects.

I stuck it out until INTERMISSION appeared on the screen and for the lights to come up. They didn’t, so I slowly made my way to the side aisle and down to the exit. Since the lights were still not on I spoke to the 30 or so patrons in the dark saying I had seen the film on Sat and the lights should come on, mentioning I would tell the manager on the way out. A lady exiting with me thanked me for the announcement!!

I asked for the manager and met him in the lobby at the ticket counter. Told him of the theater sitting in the dark and he mentioned, to my wonderment.. that persons had come down to the lobby on prior showings saying they thought there was a problem with the projectionist.. (not aware there isn’t one!) He went up to turn the lights on, but did mention he had thought that the darkness was there to keep the audience in outer space mode????!!:):) Yep.. I’m a perfectionist when it comes to visual displays??!! But I want to help everyone get what they pay for!! I’m concerned this digital version is NOT as awe-inspiring as the original!!


xbs2034 on August 27, 2018 at 1:30 pm

It wasn’t just that showing, I went on Friday here and indeed they kept the lights off for the entire intermission (I’m guessing they programmed the DCP to bring down the lights at the overture and not raise them till the credits, pretty standard for movies these days and didn’t feel it was worth mentioning to the staff, but would have been nice if they went extra step).

I had heard from people who saw it Thursday in digital IMAX that it would be in roadshow format with no trailers, overture, and an intermission so I knew what to expect and got up for a few minutes. But I think a number of the audience members were perplexed (I did have to explain about the overture and intermission to my friend who had never seen that with a movie before) and just stayed in their seats quietly, expecting it to begin again any moment.

Still, despite that one little odd presentation quirk I really enjoyed 2001 here, I had never seen the film on the big screen before and found there was a lot to appreciate with that.

markp on August 29, 2018 at 5:12 am

This is what happens when A) there is NO projectionist, the whole thing is run by a computer, and B) you have people who have no idea how to handle showings of movies like this. When I ran H8 at the Regal E Walk, or 2001 at the AMC Garden State, the first thing I did was tell management to take the entire theatre off automation. I started, raised and lower lights and shut down everything myself. 2001 at Garden State was perfect. Its just too bad it only played one week.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on August 29, 2018 at 7:33 am

Unfortunately, this kind of thing happened all the time WITH full time projectionists.

markp on August 29, 2018 at 10:39 am

Not with me. I grew up with a family of projectionists. I was taught SHOWMANSHIP.

robboehm on August 29, 2018 at 4:14 pm

markp I grew up in Bellerose. The projectionist there was a real showman. Made for a great experience. Some details on the Bellerose site.

Willburg145 on September 24, 2018 at 8:09 am

I saw a movie there two weeks ago. They not only have the self-service ticketing machines in the front but they also now have them at the box office. They had two people at the box office to help patrons. Soon we won’t have any one selling tickets.

guolei329 on December 12, 2018 at 11:18 pm

have they upgraded imax with laser yet?

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