AMC Empire 25

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

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moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on December 9, 2017 at 10:21 pm

Amen. It’s the largest in the nyc metro area by screen size and seats. It’s also AMCs third entry into the area following the Rockaway and morristown theaters (not counting general cinema and loews cineplex acquisitions) .

rayman29
rayman29 on December 9, 2017 at 5:08 am

This website is about all movie theatres, not just cinema treasures. As for the AMC Empire, it is one of the best theatres in the country today, and the preservation of the Empire Theatre structure was a brilliant way of incorporating the old with the new. The golden age of movie theatres is long over, but this theatre at least has preserved a small piece of it. Why criticize a movie theatre that at least salvaged a beautiful and historic movie theatre and uses it as its focal point?

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on December 9, 2017 at 4:14 am

Of all the generic multiplexes in the world, vindanpar pointed out this classic historic beauty as the target of shame. How clueless is that?

robboehm
robboehm on December 9, 2017 at 3:27 am

vindanpar – the reality is Cinema Treasures is a preservation site of movie theaters. Grant you the number of treasures are in the minority but all hold treasured memories for someone.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on December 8, 2017 at 10:50 pm

vindanpar, the historic lobby of this theatre alone is worth the listing.

vindanpar
vindanpar on December 8, 2017 at 10:45 pm

How are these megaplexes Cinema Treasures?

The whole thing is a joke discussing these places.

Tearing them down will be like tearing down a supermarket.

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on December 8, 2017 at 10:27 pm

How is this theater compared to amc in Rockaway?

digital3d
digital3d on December 8, 2017 at 7:39 pm

The auditoriums in the E-Walk might appear smaller on Fandango because of the lower amount of seats. That’s not due to the screens being smaller but due to the leather recliner seats, which take up more space than the regular seats in the AMC Empire 25.

Both theaters have reserved seating though so just get your ticket early.

JB1981
JB1981 on December 8, 2017 at 7:18 pm

Looks like I found the answer to my own question.

http://investor.regmovies.com/news-and-events/press-releases/archive/05-18-2009

JB1981
JB1981 on December 8, 2017 at 7:15 pm

How would you say they compare from a technology perspective? The E-Walk seems to have smaller screen sizes in the regular auditoriums. And what about their projection technology, do you know if they use 4K projectors for regular 2D movies? I believe AMC uses Sony digital 4k.

digital3d
digital3d on December 8, 2017 at 6:14 pm

The Regal E-Walk is MUCH superior to the AMC Empire 25

  1. They just got new leather recliner seats a few months ago. It’s newly renovated.

  2. It has less screens (13 instead of 25) meaning less other movies playing meaning less crowds. Though some people like a bigger selection.

  3. It does not have any bed bug reports.

Now that doesn’t mean that it has to remain that way. Empire 25 can renovate and upgrade and get on level with E-Walk by getting new seats and renovate. But so far they didn’t and do not seem to be planning that.

I’d chose Regal E-Walk any day over Empire 25.

BTW I have nothing against AMC. They have nice theaters like Kips Bay 15 and others. But the Empire 25 is just gross. The seats and floors are old, poorly maintained plus the bed buf reports. E-Walk just renovated a bunch of their theaters. I don’t see how it’s not superior.

JB1981
JB1981 on December 8, 2017 at 2:09 pm

Some decents seats for 5:15 2D showing but it seems it will be in one of their smaller auditoriums.

JB1981
JB1981 on December 8, 2017 at 1:28 pm

Would you say Regal is a better venue than AMC Empire? Lots of showtimes there.

markp
markp on December 8, 2017 at 1:52 am

Word is that Regal across the street is going to have Last Jedi on all 13 screens the first week.

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on December 7, 2017 at 9:38 pm

Don’t worry you’ll be fine.

JB1981
JB1981 on December 7, 2017 at 6:25 pm

Just got tickets to see The Last Jedi here Fri 12/15. I imagine this place is going to be a total madhouse? It could be fun to see the movie with a raucous crowd I just worry the audience might be a bunch of rowdy kids. Thoughts?

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on December 7, 2017 at 4:14 am

ridethectrain. Try. Punctuation. Please.

ridethectrain
ridethectrain on December 7, 2017 at 4:08 am

Theatre 18 371 and theatre 13 369, at one time theatre 6 was the largest followed by theatre 1. Theatre 8 is now 218 seats, one time over 600 and theatre 1 is now 310, one time about 500

jaye123
jaye123 on December 5, 2017 at 6:22 am

anyone know how many seats are in the largest auditorium?

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on November 14, 2017 at 6:16 pm

Its similar to watching a letterbox movie in standard definition aspect ratio.

PeterApruzzese
PeterApruzzese on November 9, 2017 at 6:29 pm

Mark – “pillarboxing” is when they put a flat image inside the ‘scope digital container on a DCP. Or it can refer to a theatre that has a scope screen and shows a flat film without bringing in side masking. Basically, the reverse of “letterboxing”.

markp
markp on November 9, 2017 at 4:03 pm

I have a question. As an old time (41 years) projectionist, all I ever had to worry about was Flat (1.85) or Scope (2.25). What the heck is Pillarboxing? Must be a digital thing. Oh and btw, I hate these theatres with no masking.

digital3d
digital3d on November 9, 2017 at 12:31 pm

He is saying that the Empire 25 should replace their old seats with new recliner seats. Which they should. E-Walk and Kips Bay and a bunch of other theaters have done so already.

Regarding lack of masking: It’s not just an AMC issue. I’ve had the same issue with Regal and local theaters. I’m not sure if there is any theater out there which always masks. AMC 84th Street seems to mask and they have recliner seats. But their admission is also more expensive and I’m not sure if they always mask.

Even fancy theaters like AMC Lincoln Square sometimes don’t mask. It’s an issue which theaters don’t seem to really care about but should. Pillarboxing can take you fully out of a movie.

I’d recommend checking out which auditorium a movie is playing in online and making sure that you catch a scope movie on a scope screen and a flat movie on a flat screen. If you’re not sure try their (AMCs) facebook messaging service as it’s been pretty responsive.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on November 9, 2017 at 4:16 am

ridethectrain, can you please try English. I have no idea what you are trying to say in your last four posts.

ridethectrain
ridethectrain on November 9, 2017 at 3:34 am

The Empire needs recliners in all auditoriums. Just at E-Walk see are more comfortable than the early 2000 AMC seats. If they playdate, E-Walk wins except Dolby Cinema or IMAX.

AMC hasn’t yet replace the seats since 2000.