AMC Empire 25

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

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Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on September 16, 2015 at 12:16 pm

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]

moviebuff82 on September 15, 2015 at 5:52 pm

xbs2034 on September 4, 2015 at 12:19 am

The Dolby Cinema construction is complete, and the Prime screen has now re-opened as the only laser projection screen in NYC (according to Fandango they are showing Mission Impossible Rogue Nation there this week).

theatrefan on August 31, 2015 at 1:10 pm

Went to see a film here Yesterday in Auditorium #2, the wallpaper was ripped off the wall, the 4 seats directly in front of me were covered by black garbage bags. AMC you are doing a wonderful job running your NYC flagship location straight into the ground! The only decent house is the Prime theatre, otherwise you are taking chances going to catch a flick in this place. The people of Regal Cinemas across the street do however know how to maintain a theatre properly, let’s hope the film you want to see is showing there, if you don’t mind having your bags checked.

xbs2034 on August 8, 2015 at 5:45 pm

The Prime screen is currently closed for a few weeks of renovation because it will then be reopening as a Dolby Cinema location complete with the Vision laser projection. As far as I know, the IMAX screen here (which is still playing) will remain normal digital, at least for a little while.

hdtv267 on July 7, 2015 at 4:17 pm

I’ve always found AMC’s twitter feed to be very responsive to questions. Have you ever asked someone there on these pressing issues ?

moviebuff82 on July 7, 2015 at 2:34 pm

Will AMC Prime get the Dolby Vision treatment?

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.

amcbayplaza13 on June 30, 2015 at 4:47 pm

Any update on the IMAX laser install?

celboy on June 24, 2015 at 9:24 am

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

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

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.

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.

robboehm on June 2, 2015 at 9:57 am

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

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?

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 on May 18, 2015 at 2:41 pm

When i first saw the picture of the Empire 25 i thought they had a movie theater inside that palace like entrance but it was transformed into a big lobby with the 25 screens to the left of the exterior.

fred1 on May 18, 2015 at 1:43 pm

According to Vue website ,the Vue Birmingham has 25 theaters

robboehm on May 18, 2015 at 10:58 am

Everyone thinks this was a first, to move a theater. It was actually done in Brooklyn in 1904 when the Montauk was moved, intact, not only just down the street, but also rotated! And it was a much larger structure. See elsewhere on CT.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on May 7, 2015 at 10:15 am

The marquee has a lot of burned-out light bulbs, especially in the sign that says “Theatres”

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on May 7, 2015 at 9:30 am

The still operating Vue, Birmingham, England U.K. is another 30 screen cinema, but with 277 less seats than the AMC Mesquite 30.

fred1 on May 7, 2015 at 9:11 am

AMC had few theaters with 30 screens ,but some closed others were reconfigured or sold to other chains

hdtv267 on May 7, 2015 at 7:04 am


The largest megaplex in the world by screens is the AMC Mesquite 30 in Mesquite, Texas with 30 screens and a total seating capacity of 6,008.

*and it’s listed on Cinema Treasures, too

[Wish folks would do the research and think before hitting that add comment button. Ok?]

Jason Whyte
Jason Whyte on May 6, 2015 at 8:44 pm

“With Toronto’s Cineplex Cinemas Yonge – Dundas only one behind at 24.”

Which is now down to 23 due to the VIP renovation. Oddly enough the theaters are not re-numbered so it still goes up to 24!

moviebuff82 on April 14, 2015 at 7:00 pm…-a060057377 here’s a video on the process of moving the historic theater so that the screens were built.