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 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 531 comments)

xbs2034
xbs2034 on May 27, 2016 at 7:52 pm

Ninja Turtles 2, Warcraft, and likely Now You See Me 2 are joining X-Men’s start and playing in both Times Square theaters, due to many studios dropping clearance requests.

Seems like we might have to say goodbye to Indies as well as having films which played in these theaters much longer than in most theatrical locations, which is what I thought were some of the best things about having so many available screens in the Times Square area (currently Disney, WB, and Sony still believe clearances are ultimately good for the industry and are honoring them, and I hope they continue).

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on May 27, 2016 at 8:01 pm

It seems weird (and a little sad) to hear about “both” Times Square theaters…

Of course between them there are 38 screens, but still…:(

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on May 30, 2016 at 7:14 pm

It’s too much. Many years ago, there were more times square cinemas than broadway theaters. Fast forward to today, and broadway is thriving while the box office is dying.

FAShaffi
FAShaffi on August 25, 2016 at 4:28 am

does anyone know if there are any scope screens at this theater (besides the Dolby Cinema)? Thanks!

xbs2034
xbs2034 on August 25, 2016 at 4:57 am

I don’t know about specific screens, but other than the IMAX (which is somewhere between a 1.9 and 2.35 aspect ratio) I wouldn’t be surprised if the whole theater was scope. I’ve always seen them move the masking in on the left and right for 1.85 films shown here.

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on September 6, 2016 at 7:39 pm

What sound systems does every screen have besides the Dolby Atmos at the AMC Prime theater and the 5.1 Imax screen?

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on September 15, 2016 at 8:12 pm

What were the opening features at this theater when it opened?

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on September 15, 2016 at 8:46 pm

For the April 21, 2000 re-opening, the features were: U-571, MISSION TO MARS, PITCH BLACK, GOSSIP, BEING JOHN MALKOVICH, BOILER ROOM, DROWNING MONA, TROIS, THE 9TH GATE, COTTON MARY, ME, MYSELF AND I, GHOST DOG: WAY OF THE SAMURAI, READY TO RUMBLE, TOPSY TURVY, THREE STRIKES, PRICE OF GLORY, BEYOND THE MAT, FAMILY TREE, TIGGER THE MOVIE, ALL ABOUT MY MOTHER, CASABLANCA, TEN COMMANDMENTS, & 42ND STREET.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on September 15, 2016 at 8:59 pm

But, but… Did they have a souvenir program for The Ten Commandments? (My collection is incomplete…)

mhvbear
mhvbear on September 15, 2016 at 9:25 pm

The current seating numbers.

1:398
2:54
3:126
4:77
5:134
6:156
7:146
8:195
9:309
10:122
11:90
12:262
13:377
14:309
15:121
16:99
17:262
18:378
19:142
20:144
21:121
22:99
23:80
24:100
25:145

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