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 471 comments)

CinemarkFan on June 2, 2015 at 10:21 am

Allow me to answer Moviebuff82’s question,

I’d bet on this theater getting all the upcoming “Star Wars” movies. Episode 7 has one sequence shot with IMAX cameras. Factor in that, and the fact this theater has an IMAX screen and 25 screens altogether, and you can see how the Empire gets dibs.

Me thinks the E-Walk will get “Point Break”, “Snowden”, and (if the IMAX engagement is canceled) “Heart of the Sea”.

Hope this answers your question.

mhvbear on June 2, 2015 at 3:23 pm

The scene was filed in 15/70mm so this theater would not take full advantage of the effect.

amcbayplaza13 on June 2, 2015 at 5:07 pm

I bet this theater will show the new star wars in imax I know for a fact amc empire 25 with imax has tommorowland and soon they gonna show the Jurassic world in imax by june 12, 2015

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.

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