AMC Loews 19th Street East 6

890 Broadway,
New York, NY 10003

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June 15, 2011

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Occupying the first floor and cellar of the 1884 Gorham Building at the NW corner of Broadway and 19th Street, Loews 19th Street East 6 opened for business on November 17, 1989. Inaugural attractions in the 1551-seat facility were “Harlem Nights” (on two screens!), “True Love”, “Valmont”, “High Stakes”, and “All Dogs Go To Heaven”. Loews' ads 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. As of this writing, in November 2005, the concept has yet to catch on.

Contributed by Damien Farley

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jbels
jbels on November 9, 2005 at 4:36 pm

That “I’m Your Man” project was very confusing. It took them ten minutes to explain it, it was very herky-jerky whenever the “chosen” plot switch took place, and it was unfunny. The best part was that they handed out free passes to a regular movie after you left.

BobT
BobT on November 9, 2005 at 5:49 pm

Nondescrpit totaly functional multiplex. Saw “Lawnmower Man” and Jodie Foster in “Contact” among a few films but the UA, now Regal Union Square Stadium 14 or whatever the Hell they are calling it now took the oommph out of the place.

DylanAsh
DylanAsh on December 31, 2008 at 4:09 am

This was an OK theater when Loews was still here. It’s gone WAY downhill since AMC took over.

Kieranx
Kieranx on January 29, 2009 at 10:53 pm

I’m surprised this place is still in business with the Union Square 14 up and running. It was okay in its day when there was little competition (I can remember going here the first time and seeing She Devil on a very snowy day) and when I lived at Carlyle Court during my NYU days, it was a very close by place to catch a movie, but I can’t imagine it does much business these days. Anyone know?

dave-bronx™
dave-bronx™ on January 29, 2009 at 11:41 pm

This stays open because the Union Square 14 is a rat infested pit and people try to avoid it.

William
William on September 2, 2009 at 11:03 pm

This theatre complex was designed by Jerome Rubin Architects.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on February 11, 2010 at 11:49 pm

Looks O.K. from the outside.

William
William on February 11, 2010 at 11:54 pm

Inside is another story. The last time I was inside the auditoriums looked just worn out.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on February 12, 2010 at 12:50 am

The only good thing about them being worn out is that people have been there to were them out.I saw another post the some one said that the was a beat up old Loews in almost every city.

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