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 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. 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 511 comments)

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on May 2, 2016 at 11:38 am

Yes. Remember when Star Wars Episode I came out and most of the Loews Cineplex theaters wouldn’t show it? http://www.nytimes.com/1999/05/15/arts/manhattan-s-loews-screens-won-t-show-star-wars.html

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on May 10, 2016 at 3:43 pm

Too bad Civil War isn’t playing in dolby cinema at this location yet they keep Jungle Book.

xbs2034
xbs2034 on May 14, 2016 at 11:23 am

X-Men Apocalypse is going to playing both here (in Dolby Cinema and regular formats) and the Ewalk (regular formats and then RPX and 4DX), as well as both theaters on East 86th street, plus other theaters very close to each other.

I understand some of the reasons behind passing the clearance rules, and maybe it’s just that it’s new to me, but on first impression I don’t like it. It feels to me like a way for the biggest studio releases to get everywhere, and that might leave less room for smaller releases (and I like blockbusters probably more than most people, so don’t want to sound like I’m hating on them, but feel having variety in film options is crucial).

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on May 15, 2016 at 4:27 pm

X-Men will have huge grosses at this place. Outside the USA and Canada, this movie will be shown in Imax while we get Alice 2 in Imax.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on May 15, 2016 at 8:23 pm

Jumping Jehosaphat, who the hell cares.

waterguy56
waterguy56 on May 16, 2016 at 5:28 am

Dolby cinema is truly AWESOME and it’s kind of bad when certain blockbusters (London Has Fallen, Huntsman etc.) didn’t the Dolby release here just because of that policy. There may be no difference for regular screens between empire and e-walk, but Dolby cinema beats RPX badly.

It’s great that X-Men gets the Dolby since it’s not in IMAX. it seems few people know this format since seats gone slowly, and more people choose the IMAX auditorium next door over Dolby.

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on May 16, 2016 at 12:14 pm

Dolby is much sharper than digital imax. Most people know Dolby for audio than video but that will change as more 4ktvs will support Dolby Vision.

waterguy56
waterguy56 on May 18, 2016 at 7:47 pm

They are showing Money Monster and Neighbors 2 in Dolby, but I suppose they are fake Dolby? Never heard these two movies are going to be enhanced by the Dolby technology, and I only saw X-Men and Civil war were listed on the official Dolby cinema website.

Anyway, it’s good to have more movies in Dolby cinema, just the comfortable recliners are well worth the ticket price, And for those true Dolby movies, the bonus audio and image qualities just make it a great deal.

xbs2034
xbs2034 on May 18, 2016 at 9:10 pm

Waterguy56, I think that’s indicative of what’s going to be problem for Dolby Cinema as it tries to compete with IMAX. If you buy an IMAX ticket, you know you are getting a title with the IMAX remastering on visuals, as well as an IMAX sound mix. But in Dolby Cinema, may not get a title mastered for Dolby Vision, or even with an Atmos sound mix (though as you say, still get the comfortable seats and a very nice laser projection system).

Anyway, I bet Dolby assumed most of its screens would just play Civil War until X-Men/Alice (both of which are Dolby Vision/Atmos titles I believe) but since this theater skipped that film, and with the IMAX still committed to Jungle Book, makes sense for them to go with something else in the Dolby Cinema.

poland626
poland626 on May 23, 2016 at 4:01 am

Well, the paramus theaters showing Angry Birds also in dolby yet I can’t find info if it was remasterd for dolby vision or it’s just a regular projection. So with neighbors 2 and angry birds, I Agree that people will get confused that they are remastered when they may not be.

plus paramus doesn’t have vibrating chairs like empire does, they recline, but I never felt them vibrate

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