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

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Mike (saps)
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

[End of Facebook posting]

digital3d on October 31, 2015 at 11:02 am

Does anyone know if there are still signs of bed bugs in the theater?

amcbayplaza13 on November 8, 2015 at 7:25 pm

AMC Empire 25 still getting bedbugs for a second time again I thought they cleaned the whole entire 25 multiplex theater already

moviebuff82 on November 14, 2015 at 2:01 pm

Hope they go away by the time Star Wars opens….I rarely go to Times Square anymore.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on November 14, 2015 at 7:01 pm

If you’re in Time Square to see Star Wars, won’t you be seeing it at the Ziegfeld?

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on November 14, 2015 at 7:25 pm

I worked in the movie theatre business for 34 years. We often closed theatres for bed bug extermination. Here is the rub. It was always someone who didn’t like the movie, didn’t get a free pass, and then went and complained to the press. I have never seen a bed bug, but I have seen many con-artists. There are no bugs. There are no exterminators. It’s all just part of the BS business of the show. Enjoy the movie.

digital3d on November 14, 2015 at 7:29 pm

Kinda hard to believe that. Bed bugs seem realistic in such a crowded and dirty theater and especially if so many people post yelp pictures of their bites. I personally rather chose a theater with no bed bug posts on yelp. Bed bugs are not a joke for a regular working class guy, that’s why so many people fear them.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on November 14, 2015 at 7:57 pm

Before yelp, you never knew, now did you? So many legit businesses have been killed that way by their competitors. I have no dog in the AMC battle. I actually quite dislike AMC, as I once worked for that horrible company. But this story is probably fake and that theatre is just fine. I have recently attended and it is well run.

amcbayplaza13 on November 14, 2015 at 9:09 pm

The people who dirtied the AMC Empire 25 got to focusing putting their trash in the garbage can after the movies finished instead of turning the AMC 25 multiplex theater a bed bugs motel theater

digital3d on November 14, 2015 at 9:09 pm

Well I kind of did. There was the newspaper that reported the bed bugs too. Also, if it would be fake, then why did the theater close for several days?

Personally, I just prefer a theater without a bed bug history. I don’t care if the story is fake or not, I just want to have peace in mind.

Also, btw, I had friends telling me that they felt itchy during a screening… (that wasn’t for Empire 25 though, but just saying that it’s not always competitors trying to bring down a theater.)

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