AMC Loews Kips Bay 15

570 Second Avenue,
New York, NY 10016

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markp on August 12, 2015 at 1:29 pm

As well as a 38 year veteran projectionist like me.

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 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 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 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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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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 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??

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.

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.

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 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.

KingBiscuits on May 3, 2011 at 3:20 pm

A 93% rating on Rotten Tomatoes would state otherwise, Tinseltoes.

celboy on May 3, 2011 at 2:38 pm

I don’t understand the “what”?
This was for the reg dlp 3d not liemax.

AGRoura on May 3, 2011 at 12:54 pm

Correction: for Imax projection.

AGRoura on May 3, 2011 at 12:54 pm

celboy, what is a Liemax screen, a pseudo Imax, too small for max projection?

celboy on May 3, 2011 at 10:28 am

Kips Bay keeps screwing people with Advance Tickets. I purchased opening night tix for thor in 3d and now they have changed the showtime (for the 730show) to 10 minutes earlier and a smaller crappy screen downstairs. This is not the first time this has happened.

celboy on May 8, 2010 at 9:08 am

I saw Iron Man 2 last night in Liemax theater #10. It was my first time to a Liemax theater. The presentation was very good. I was surprised how bright the picture is with 2 projectors. Maybe they also have a high gain screen. The thing I was most curious about was how many rows of seats in the front got sacrificed in the theater conversion. It seem the screen is closer than it was originally.

Does anyone out there know?