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 624 comments)

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on October 12, 2017 at 2:45 am

You are going to have to scroll her FB feed. I have no idea how you link an individual post, but there are several making fun of her. I go to this theatre often and although they have many other problems, I have never seen or experienced bugs of any kind.

digital3d
digital3d on October 12, 2017 at 2:53 am

I have gone through the comments. Couldn’t find a single one like you’re describing. Can you screenshot one?

BTW I checked images on google review and there are multiple carpets around the theater.

I am happy you never experienced it but that doesn’t mean that others haven’t.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on October 12, 2017 at 4:22 am

There has been one single official incident reported against this theatre in 2012. None before or after.

http://bedbugregistry.com/location/NY/11232-2814/New-York/234%2042nd%20St

digital3d
digital3d on October 12, 2017 at 4:26 am

Bedbugregistry is not official, it’s a site just like yelp or facebook where there were plenty of incidents reported after 2012.

JB1981
JB1981 on October 12, 2017 at 2:19 pm

Just got tickets here for the The Last Jedi double feature event on 12/14 in Dolby Cinema. I have never been to this theater before. Are you telling me I need to worry about possible bed bugs?

digital3d
digital3d on October 12, 2017 at 4:18 pm

Yes, but the Dolby auditorium is very new with new leather recliner seats so that one might be fine.

Enjoy the movie!

digital3d
digital3d on October 12, 2017 at 8:32 pm

Some updates, plus instructions on how to be safe when going here: http://gothamist.com/2017/10/12/bed_bugs_movies_nyc.php

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on October 13, 2017 at 2:36 am

More updates to this false story and the false petition it spurned. http://gothamist.com/2017/10/12/bed_bugs_movies_nyc.php

JB1981
JB1981 on October 13, 2017 at 4:51 pm

Yea I’m not worried about this to be honest.

JB1981
JB1981 on October 13, 2017 at 4:53 pm

By the way how is the Dolby auditorium there? Only other Dolby Cinema I’ve been to is the one in Eatontown NJ and it’s nice but it’s plagued by the red lights casing a red haze at the corners of the screen. The image quality is spectacular otherwise.

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