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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celboy on May 4, 2011 at 9:42 am

So after complaining online to AMC, the manager called and apologized. He said that the Studios dictate the number of screens and also want advance ticketing started asap. So the studio added a screening —-so the theater has to juggle the presentations. It went from one liemax, one 3d & one 2d to liemax,2 3d’s and the 2d screening only twice opening day alternating with another title (thats 3d).

I do appreciate good customer service… so thanks AMC. I just shouldn’t order advance tix too early.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on August 29, 2011 at 8:52 am

No studio dictates the number of screens. The studio only agrees to a maximum house nut which the theatre chain can then accept as is or add seats at their own expense.

If the studios dictated these things, film buyers wouldn’t have a job.

celboy on June 9, 2012 at 12:02 am

I saw Prometheus in Lie-max 3d and it didn’t fill the width of the exposed screen and no screen masking came out. So it was pillar boxed. Is that normal here? I recall seeing scope films lie-imax-ed here that filled the screen width.

cmbussmann on September 18, 2012 at 11:44 am

AMC Loews Kips Bay 15 is not a great theater but it suits my needs perfectly since I work at a job that gives us discount AMC tickets and it’s only a few blocks north of my office. I also dig that the outside of the building is decorated with faded images of past movies and that their interior has classic movie posters in the hallways as well. A nice touch most chain operations would avoid.

I only use passes here. I would never actually pay full-price to see anything because the theaters themselves are hit-or-miss. Some screens are nice and big with pristine image and sound quality. Others are cramped and tiny with poor image and sound. Before they upgraded to 4K digital in the bigger auditoriums, I often saw pixelated images here, totally unacceptable!

One plus is that audiences here are often chill, even at odd times. You rarely get a lot of talking and texting. I did once see someone working away on his laptop in the front row but that was an exception. As a rule, I don’t get too riled by the audiences here. The place is also rarely packed. In fact, I wonder how well this spot is doing overall since I rarely ever share a theater with more than a few patrons.

klstra on April 26, 2013 at 7:13 am

I live next to the theaters in Kips Bay and have NEVER gone to a movie there where there wasn’t a problem… from the wrong frame on the projector for HUGO… through my recent, but certainly enlightening visit to view OBLIVIAN the past couple days.
On Monday AM I went to see the film in IMAX. The sound was so loud during the previews that it shook the seats. I’ve seen many IMAX presentations.. and at this theater.. BUT this was incredible. Instead of waiting until the film started… (and not enjoy it).. I reported it to the Manager. He did offer to turn the sound down.. but told him I didn’t want to spoil it for the 20 other people.. who might want it that way. (Turns out. they just suffered.) I received my $12 refund.. the “morning” senior price. Then, yesterday went back to see OBLIVIAN in the theater No. 9 – next to the IMAX theater.. at 11 AM $7. During the previews I was aware that the balance of sounds on the screen were swayed way over to the left.. but thought the film would be OK. It wasn’t!! All the dialog… in spite of where the characters were on the screen.. was coming from the LEFT side. (The over-all surround sound.. and music.. and film.. were so good I waited to report it until after the movie.) On the way out I decided to peek into the IMAX theater and see how the sound was there. Low and behold… the film was not in widescreen… AND.. the screen sound was mono… NOT stereo!! (And.. I felt the film was overly bright on the screen.. washing some of the beautiful color out. The sound level, though, was acceptable.) Then.. as it turned out… OBLIVIAN was also playing in theater No. 7.. so took a peek. There is WAS playing in widescreen… BUT.. the screen sound was mono… not stereo….
I spoke with Doug, the manager, who is a technical film buff.. like I am. (I mentioned I enjoy HOW the film is projected even more than the story/stars.) He said that other people HAD mentioned the over-powering volume in the IMAX theater and he listened to my sound problems.. and said that they do have problems with speakers.
BUT…. why is the public being subjected to these faults. It seems that there is no inspection of each theater by a qualified person to see that all is in working order..both for the film.. and for the projection/sound/lighting instead of waiting for the customer to point out the problems.


I just remembered… not only was the movie not in “widescreen” format.. but.. the screen was NOT MASKED on either side of the image. Bare white screen showing??????????


It seems AMC is NOT playing an IMAX movie and charging IMAX prices. Someone needs to know.. Any ideas??

MovieGeek2013 on April 26, 2013 at 4:41 pm

The IMAX version of Oblivian is reformatted to fill the whole imax screen and therefore will not be in widescreen unlike standard 35mm or digital presentations.

klstra on April 28, 2013 at 3:25 pm

AlAlvarez.Sorry for the “Oblivion” mis-spell You, MovieGeek2013 are not correct. The IMAX versions of non-IMAX movies are not reformatted to fill the whole screen, at least not in this AMC “LIEMAX” theater. That is the problem and rip-off. I guess I didn’t mention that the image was in “regular” format.. with about 15 feet of white screen SHOWING on each side of the image… not masked!! The speakers on each side of the screen were not used.. just the center speakers..and the surround.. and the image was clear.. but washed-out compared to the presentation in the regular theater. I’ve written the manager and she said the IMAX technicians are taking a look.
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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.

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