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 470 comments)

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on May 18, 2015 at 4:54 pm

What movie had the longest run at this venue? I think Avatar has the record.

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on June 1, 2015 at 8:28 pm

I wonder which theater will show the new star wars movie, this one or the one across the street?

hdtv267
hdtv267 on June 2, 2015 at 6:40 am

If this is keeping you up nights, why not contact each of the venues and ask them ? Why not take this “discussion” to each theatre’s facebook page where it belongs.

robboehm
robboehm on June 2, 2015 at 9:57 am

It will come when it comes and you can see it or not.

CinemarkFan
CinemarkFan on June 2, 2015 at 1:21 pm

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
mhvbear on June 2, 2015 at 6:23 pm

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

amcbayplaza13
amcbayplaza13 on June 2, 2015 at 8:07 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
celboy on June 24, 2015 at 9:24 am

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

amcbayplaza13
amcbayplaza13 on June 30, 2015 at 4:47 pm

Any update on the IMAX laser install?

relaxednyc
relaxednyc on June 30, 2015 at 6:16 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.

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