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
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
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
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
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
markp on August 12, 2015 at 1:29 pm

As well as a 38 year veteran projectionist like me.

moviebuff82
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
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.

Darth_Vader444
Darth_Vader444 on November 22, 2016 at 11:43 am

I’m a big fan of the Kids Bay Imax theater but I usually go to Lincoln Square because of the reserved seats and now the laser projector. Is there any update on the kips Bay Imax having reserved seats and/or upgrading to laser? If so, I’d probably go back.

CHH32
CHH32 on November 23, 2016 at 9:26 pm

I like this theater too, especially after the recent renovation – big recliners, large screens, good prices. But they didn’t renovate the imax auditorium, it’s the same as before. It would be great if they also put recliners on imax. Laser imax is usually for 15/70mm imax screens(squared/tall screens), so I doubt the three lie-imax screens in Manhattan will get laser.

Darth_Vader444
Darth_Vader444 on November 27, 2016 at 9:21 am

I would love it if they got recliners too. Idk why they havent. Whenever I’ve gone to the Imax 8ts usually 90% empty. It only makes sense to get high quality theaters. It looks like I will be sticking with Lincoln Square.

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