AMC Empire 25

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

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AMC Empire 25

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 674 comments)

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

moviebuff82 on June 29, 2018 at 2:24 pm

It seems that AMC rolled out its own version of moviepass called A-List which allows amc stubs members to see up to three movies in any format a day for $20. The downside is that alternative content is excluded from this program.

moviebuff82 on July 1, 2018 at 3:32 pm

If amc renovates the other screens that don’t have recliners, they should check the seats for any bedbugs!!!

moviebuff82 on July 8, 2018 at 3:33 pm

two years from now this megaplex turns 20 years old.

moviebuff82 on July 22, 2018 at 6:28 pm

moviebuff82 on July 30, 2018 at 6:57 pm

Looks like moviepass will go the way of the dinosaur…

moviebuff82 on August 16, 2018 at 2:07 pm

The imax at this theater will be one of many to get the laser upgrade along with updated seats.

ridethectrain on August 16, 2018 at 2:16 pm

The imax theatre has the new seats like Lincoln Square and has 12 channels sound. The auditorium was built with thr same Lincoln square screen. Unless there upgrade the IMAX picture to laser

xbs2034 on September 21, 2018 at 5:26 am

The IMAX screen is currently closed, and looks like it will reopen with Venom (though tickets are not on sale yet). Don’t know if it that’s enough time to add a new projector (since they already did the sound, seating, and interior design upgrades), or if it’s just other touch ups.

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