AMC 19th Street East 6

890 Broadway,
New York, NY 10003

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AMC 19th Street East 6

Occupying the first floor and cellar of the 1884 Gorham Building at the NW corner of Broadway and E. 19th Street, Loews 19th Street East 6 opened for business on November 17, 1989. Inaugural attractions in the 1,551-seat facility were “Harlem Nights” (on two screens!), “True Love”, “Valmont”, “High Stakes”, and “All Dogs Go To Heaven”. Loews' advertisements promoting the opening boasted, “Dolby Stereo in every auditorium!”. One auditorium was 70mm-capable.

Beginning on December 18, 1992, the facility featured the first theatrical engagement of a live-action interactive movie, “I’m Your Man”. Shot on 16mm film and transferred to laser disk, the twenty minute movie allowed patrons (users?) to select plot direction via armrest-mounted, three-button joysticks. For the $3 admission fee, customers were allowed to watch (play?) as many times as they wished. This gimmick never caught on.

In the fall of 2015 it was taken over by AMC. In 2018 the total capacity seat count was reduced to 560.

Contributed by Damien Farley

Recent comments (view all 28 comments)

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on June 30, 2018 at 6:13 pm

It’s now partly renovated

bigjoe59
bigjoe59 on July 9, 2018 at 2:54 pm

Hello-

I wonder if after the renovation is complete they’ll jack up the already high ticket cost even higher. what I liked about the Chelsea Multiplex is after Bow Tie renovated it they didn’t jack up the prices.

digital3d
digital3d on August 28, 2018 at 12:36 pm

The renovation seems to be complete. AMC just sent out an email today saying it’s remodeled.

xbs2034
xbs2034 on August 28, 2018 at 3:22 pm

Typically AMC’s policy after renovations is to keep the price the same for between 18 months to two years in order to attract audiences to the theater, and then raise the price up to two dollars (though if you have their A List subscription service, showings at the more expensive theaters are covered with no surcharge).

For instance, I believe Kips Bay (which completed its renovations right around Christmas 2016) still charges the same, but 84st (one of the first to renovate back in 2013) has charged more for years now and must be a very successful theater based on the crowds I see there.

digital3d
digital3d on August 29, 2018 at 5:55 pm

BTW, it also seems that the recliners used here have seat warmers.

thehorror13
thehorror13 on September 8, 2018 at 4:53 pm

Conversion from AMC Loews to AMC is about complete now. No longer an interior design of Loews. Now officially an AMC in all aspects. All six theaters were “gutted” and redone. Now with recliners. The recliners feature a heat button, that warms your back in the cold weather. Some of the auditoriums are now slightly stadium. Masking is no longer featured here. All screens are scope, except for theater three, which is flat. Which means in theater three, scope movies are projected on the flat screen with visible black bars on top and bottom (looks like letterboxed). The other theaters show flat movies with visible bars on the sides. Why they decided to take away the masking during this renovation is another blunder of and idea when AMC renovates or makes new theaters.

markp
markp on September 9, 2018 at 5:04 am

thehorror13, simple answer. Less maintenance. No motors to burn out. No pulleys getting stuck on tracks. I hate it too, since in all my 42 years as a projectionist, Im use to masking. Its just another byproduct of digital. With film, masking could cover any imperfections with the projector aperture. Digital gives you nice straight ridged lines.

xbs2034
xbs2034 on September 9, 2018 at 9:10 am

They also took masking away from Kips Bay when they renovated it (except for the IMAX, which was always an unmasked scope screen and didn’t get updated seating). That theater has a mix of aspect ratios, with the larger screens being scope and the smaller downstairs screens being flat (personally unmasked pillarboxed flat movies on a scope screen bothers me more than letterboxed scope movies). For the IMAX I’ve seen both pollarboxing or cropping used for movies taller than scope.

xbs2034
xbs2034 on September 16, 2018 at 8:45 pm

I saw the renovated theater today. I expect there is still some exterior work to go, as the Loews signage has been taken down but just put a cheap looking AMC banner hanging in its place.

The seats are different than other AMC recliners, more of a half recliners as it doesn’t go as far back nor provide all the leg room (this was the let down with the seats for me) of other recliners I’ve seen. The back warmer was nice, but I wish there was another setting, as they just had a high and low and I turned it on a few times in the movie but found even on the low setting it felt a bit too warm after a couple minutes and I would then turn it off (had it on high during the previews and that got way too high to me).

zoetmb
zoetmb on December 7, 2018 at 5:57 pm

Seat count was originally 1555 and now it’s just 560: 62, 72, 82, 89, 97 and 158. (That doesn’t include wheelchair spots, but does include companion chairs).

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