AMC 19th Street East 6

890 Broadway,
New York, NY 10003

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June 15, 2011

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 2006 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 32 comments)

digital3d
digital3d on August 30, 2018 at 1:55 am

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

thehorror13
thehorror13 on September 9, 2018 at 12:53 am

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 1:04 pm

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 5:10 pm

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 17, 2018 at 4:45 am

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 8, 2018 at 1:57 am

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).

ridethectrain
ridethectrain on October 29, 2019 at 11:26 pm

Just posted photos of the 19th Street renovations, I also posted from the original design in the photos section.

The only good screens are Theatre 1 and maybe theatre 2. Couldn’t see the theatre 2 renovations due to a private screening and the pre show was on in theatre 3.

The screens are fairly small, no masking like the Village VII and Regal Essex Crossing. The only good thing, scope films are not letterbox.

This is a semi Dine In theatre, if you order in advance, they will deliver your refreshments to your site, but it doesn’t have the full menu like Staten Island or Levittown

It features the Heated recliners like AMC Staten Island 9 with tables. As of today, you won’t be able to order fried foods. It on the AMC App. The AMC Cast member said their waiting for the license.

I was told by a cast member about over a year ago prior to the 19th Street renovation that it was supposed to be a Dine In Theatre, but as of today Limited selection.

It is the first Manhattan location with MacGuffins Bar.

robboehm
robboehm on October 30, 2019 at 2:44 pm

Hopefully it won’t have a vermin problem like Levittown.

ridethectrain
ridethectrain on November 5, 2019 at 6:28 am

Please update, AMC took over this theatre in 2006 when they merged with Loews Cineplex.

ridethectrain
ridethectrain on November 12, 2019 at 4:31 am

What a shame AMC won’t show Netflix Movies. A Marriage Story has a quick scene leaving the 19th Street theatre before they renovated the lobby.

It appears about 15 minutes into the film.

Why would AMC allow them to film and not show their product

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