AMC Empire 25

234 W. 42nd Street,
New York, NY 10036

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AMC Empire 25

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Originally located at 240 W. 42nd Street. The Empire Theatre was designed by architect Thomas W. Lamb and opened in 1912 as the Eltinge 42nd Street Theatre, named for Julian Eltinge, the top female impersonator of the American stage. The Eltinge Theatre became the setting for decades of legitimate theatre and burlesque and by the early-1930’s was known as the Eltinge Burlesque Theatre, featuring burlesque & ‘talkies’.

Converted into a movie theatre in 1942 first as the 800-seat Laffmovie, and later renamed the Empire Theatre, the theatre finally closed, seemingly for good, in the mid-1980’s.

Following the renaissance of W. 42nd Street, AMC decided to make the entire former Empire Theatre the lobby of its new new flagship 25-screen megaplex. Located just west of Times Square, this immaculate multi-level multiplex is a prime example of theatre renovation and reuse.

The lobby of this luxurious, five-level theatre has been built inside the shell of the old Empire Theatre. In order to build the massive multi-screen complex, the Empire Theatre was lifted up and moved down the street to its present location. Once that massive job was completed, a new 25-screen theatre was built around it and contained 4,916 seats. The multiplex was designed by the architecural firm Beyer Blinder Belle, and opened April 21, 2000.

The historic facade has been left largely intact, while a new marquee has been added. Just above the box office is a beautiful mural depicting Julian Eltinge, originally painted by a French artist, Arthur Brounet. The mural was restored by Harriet Irgang, the director of Rustin Levenson Art Conservation. Initially, the former balconies were reopened as the Times Square Cafe, but this have been closed for several years and the space is currently unused.

The megaplex shows first run mainstream and art films.

Contributed by Ross Melnick

Recent comments (view all 666 comments)

moviebuff82 on January 10, 2018 at 12:15 pm

20 years ago this theater was being built by moving the old empire to the side to become the lobby and the rest is history.

moviebuff82 on January 15, 2018 at 3:00 pm

Has anyone seen the new amc policy trailers? I miss the amc characters…

moviebuff82 on January 26, 2018 at 2:35 pm

Moviepass is not allowed at this theater anymore…

moviebuff82 on February 17, 2018 at 2:28 pm

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on February 17, 2018 at 8:29 pm

At that rate, adjusted for inflation, it would end on par with “MEN IN BLACK”.

zoetmb on March 22, 2018 at 2:09 pm

I don’t know whether they’ve converted some of the screens to lounge seating, but the seat count is way down from what it was. Looks to me like the current total seat count is around 3369. That doesn’t include wheelchair spots, but it does include the accompany wheelchair seats. The IMAX #1 screen is 312, the Dolby #8 is 221. Two other screens (probably #13 and #18) are 301 and 256. The other 21 screens have 50 to 152 seats.

I don’t know how they can stop Moviepass because they don’t know Moviepass is being used. Moviepass essentially puts money onto a credit card. AMC doesn’t know Moviepass is being used as it’s just a payment method. Moviepass can’t be used for IMAX or Dolby screens, but it’s Moviepass that prevents that.

In terms of advance ticket sales, the next Avengers movie has already broken all previous AMC records. After the first 72 hours of advance ticket sales at AMC, Infinity War is 257.6% ahead of Black Panther, 715.5% ahead of Captain America: Civil War and 1106.5% ahead of Avengers: Age of Ultron. So for everyone who complains that Hollywood is only making sequels, prequels and comic book movies, that’s because they sell.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on March 22, 2018 at 2:17 pm

AMC didn’t stop Moviepass here. It was the other way around.

moviebuff82 on April 8, 2018 at 10:31 am

Now it’s allowed. Moviepass merged with moviefone this past week. It’s been ten years since Imax first came here in digital form as well as digital 3d the year after. Flash forward to now and 3d is not doing well not only at the cinema but at home. Premium 2d formats like imax and even dolby have outgrossed 3d and 2d dolby and imax recently as people are getting sick of 3d.

ridethectrain on April 8, 2018 at 10:35 am

I love my imax 3D and reald 3D

moviebuff82 on April 29, 2018 at 10:57 am

Too bad this theater lacks 4d which the ewalk has right across the street

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