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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Garth on December 4, 2013 at 6:41 pm

I was here today for “Oldboy” at the discount morning matinee and there were no problems at all with the theatre. The problem I did have was the location. Coming from lower Manhattan the only mass transit to and from there is the M15 “Select Service” bus which is a nightmare. Much as I liked the theatre I shall not return for this reason.

theatrefan on August 10, 2015 at 5:38 am

Went to see “Ricki & The Flash” here Friday evening in Auditorium #14 unfortunately there was something wrong with the digital projector as the image on the screen was extremely dim with excessive flicker & lacking a great amount of detail. They did know about the problem, because I was upstairs exchanging my ticket while someone from the previous showing was complaining to the Manager, yet they still ran the film anyway. After the film we went to complain to the Manager, who was very sorry and we were given a pass for our bad movie experience. He explained there was something wrong the the Sony Digital Projector and they would have to send someone out to fix it, he was not allowed to do it himself also they would probably move the film to an auditorium upstairs. Unfortunately for us our night out at the movies was ruined. It says a lot when your presentation at home is so much far better that going out to the modern multiplex.

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.

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