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.

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

Following the renaissance of 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. 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 474 comments)

celboy on June 24, 2015 at 6:24 am

Any update on the laser install. Is it done? are they advertising it?

amcbayplaza13 on June 30, 2015 at 1:47 pm

Any update on the IMAX laser install?

relaxednyc on June 30, 2015 at 3:16 pm

IMAX laser won’t be in at Lincoln Square until fall, and the 15/70 (true IMAX) theaters will be first to get it. May not be in before Star Wars.

moviebuff82 on July 7, 2015 at 11:34 am

Will AMC Prime get the Dolby Vision treatment?

hdtv267 on July 7, 2015 at 1:17 pm

I’ve always found AMC’s twitter feed to be very responsive to questions. Have you ever asked someone there on these pressing issues ?

xbs2034 on August 8, 2015 at 2:45 pm

The Prime screen is currently closed for a few weeks of renovation because it will then be reopening as a Dolby Cinema location complete with the Vision laser projection. As far as I know, the IMAX screen here (which is still playing) will remain normal digital, at least for a little while.

theatrefan on August 31, 2015 at 10:10 am

Went to see a film here Yesterday in Auditorium #2, the wallpaper was ripped off the wall, the 4 seats directly in front of me were covered by black garbage bags. AMC you are doing a wonderful job running your NYC flagship location straight into the ground! The only decent house is the Prime theatre, otherwise you are taking chances going to catch a flick in this place. The people of Regal Cinemas across the street do however know how to maintain a theatre properly, let’s hope the film you want to see is showing there, if you don’t mind having your bags checked.

xbs2034 on September 3, 2015 at 9:19 pm

The Dolby Cinema construction is complete, and the Prime screen has now re-opened as the only laser projection screen in NYC (according to Fandango they are showing Mission Impossible Rogue Nation there this week).

moviebuff82 on September 15, 2015 at 2:52 pm

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Mike (saps) on September 16, 2015 at 9:16 am

moviebuff, you are too discreet. Here’s the text of the linked article

Multiple People Say They Were Bitten By Bedbugs At Times Square AMC Theater

It’s 2010 all over again: multiple people claim that they have been bitten by bedbugs at the AMC Empire 25 multiplex in Times Square.

Joseph Matoske, a 28-year-old Astoria resident, and his girlfriend went to the movie theater on Friday to see (you guessed it) Ant-Man when they encountered the blood-sucking bugs. “As soon as we got home, we noticed we were both itchy and covered in huge bug bites,” he told us. He spoke to a person at the theater who “claims they’re going to close down that section of the theatre. They offered us comp tickets to any AMC location for our troubles.”

Matoske noted that the AMC employee asked him about their specific seats in theater 19. This sounds like the same strategy the company used to deal with bedbugs when that same location was overrun with them back in 2010—back then, they closed the theater-in-question down, then removed and treated specific seats where the bedbugs were spotted.

In addition to Matoske and his girlfriend, at least three other people have complained about bedbug bites there over the last week, including Cindy Feng, who posted multiple shots of her bites on Facebook.

We’ve contacted AMC for comment.

[Text of Facebook posting follows:]

Cindy Feng added 12 new photos. 110 followers · September 7 at 4:06pm · Edited ·


—-WARNING TO PEOPLE IN NEW YORK—– I’m not sure about the other locations but please please please DON’T GO TO THE TIMES SQUARE LOCATION AMC. It is called AMC Empire 25, they have many bad reviews and I was not aware of this until now. They gave me bed bugs and now I have to burn my house down and clothes. BEWARE IM TELLING YOU. Colleen Frederick

‪#‎amc‬ ‪#‎threatre‬ ‪#‎theater‬ ‪#‎disgusting‬ ‪#‎bed‬ ‪#‎bugs‬ ‪#‎gross

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