AMC Empire 25

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

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moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on July 22, 2017 at 8:59 am

Dunkirk is being played in digital liemax as well as regular and dolby cinema.

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on July 8, 2017 at 6:43 am

This theater is jokingly referred to as “AMC Bedbug 25” on social media due to the ongoing bedbug problems at this venue.

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on May 29, 2017 at 5:06 pm

They should install this system in all digital imaxes.

xbs2034
xbs2034 on May 25, 2017 at 10:21 pm

I saw Pirates of the Caribbean 5 in IMAX here tonight, and can confirm they installed the new 12 channel sound system. In fact, if you look at the ceiling, you can see the additional speakers with the IMAX logo on them.

In this movie, the overheads were only really used in a few scenes, but was very impressed when they were utilized. And overall from tonight and IMAX laser screenings, I feel this new IMAX sound system can compete with any other sound format I’ve come across.

Also, as previously noted the seats/interior design were improved, and I think the sightlines were as well (in a film like Pirates which uses the full IMAX screen, I remember sometimes the very bottom of the picture would be blocked a bit by the head of someone from the first row before). With the knowledge and expectation that the projector and screen size weren’t changing, I was pretty impressed by the renovation otherwise.

xbs2034
xbs2034 on May 21, 2017 at 4:01 pm

The size I’ve found online for the IMAX screen is 58 feet by 28 feet, which would mean a 2.07 aspect ratio. It probably was chosen to maximize screen size available in the auditorium, and it actually works better for scope films, but I’d already noticed 1.9 titles seemed slightly cropped here (the size isn’t available online from what I can tell, but I think Kips Bay IMAX is also wider than 1.9, and only Penn Station uses that ratio).

The RPX screen is listed as 60 feet wide, not sure of the height but believe it is slightly bigger than this IMAX overall, though pretty sure this IMAX is still larger than the Dolby Cinema and the standard screens in both Times Square theaters.

Glad to hear that the sound system was updated, as I really like that system and it closes the audio advantage of the Dolby Cinema with Atmos, though obviously Lincoln Square will remain the city’s premier IMAX location.

CHH32
CHH32 on May 21, 2017 at 9:24 am

I went here to see Alien IMAX, and I went here because this is the only IMAX theater in the city showing Alien and I want to check out the new auditorium.

The interior design(entrance with blue lights, leather seats and IMAX lightening logos) are exactly the same as the Lincoln Square IMAX, and I believe the 12 channels sound system is also installed. And that’s it…Still the old digital projector, the same small screen(roughly the same size as the regular/standard screens(1-12 if I remember correctly and 13 is the RPX) of Regal Ewalk across the street, and I believe it’s not even a standard 1.90:1 IMAX screen, more like a 2.10:1)

Anyway, I’m still happy it got renovated :) But the Dolby cinema here is a better option and cheaper, and the Lincoln Square IMAX is the best option IMO… But right, they may not show the movie you want, just like Alien…

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on April 17, 2017 at 11:13 am

They should renovate every non laser imax with reclining seats and reserved seating as imax is the hottest ticket in all of premium cinema. Furious 8 is the widest imax release of all time even though the movie doesn’t fill up the screen, some trailers like transformers have imax footage in it.

poland626
poland626 on April 15, 2017 at 5:14 am

@xbs2034

Seems like just Furious is playing in imax now. Has anyone been here yet since its reopened? I don’t think I can spend $23 for a imax showing when lincoln’s got real laser a few blocks up for just $2 more. Plus the bigger screen. If they’ve figured out laser for small imax’s, that would be fantastic but if it’s just new seats, meh.

xbs2034
xbs2034 on April 12, 2017 at 2:19 pm

The IMAX here has reopened. They are currently mixing in showings of Beauty and the Beast during the day, with the critic’s screenings of Fate of the Furious for NYC being done here in the evening, and then move fully over to featuring Fate of the Furious this weekend.

Does look like the seating has been updated based on Fandango’s charts, not sure how extensive the renovations were overall (I’d guess interior design and sound system overhaul, though probably not IMAX laser in a smaller location yet).

theatrefan
theatrefan on March 11, 2017 at 8:05 pm

Is the general movie going public that really that uninformed to think that this is the exact same type of IMAX venue as Lincoln Square, I guess so because LieMax & Imin will now be expanding to 175 AMC locations.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on March 11, 2017 at 7:47 pm

Do I get to fling my overpriced chicken fingers at King Kong for this awesome “cinematic experience”? Will the future allow me to be ‘awed’ at seeing legos flinging towards Lego Batman? Do I care that the IMAX screen at the Empire is one eighth the size of the one at Lincoln Square, but at the same admission price?

BenPaz
BenPaz on March 11, 2017 at 7:34 pm

basically it’s exclusive footage you don’t get anywhere else i guess? (like John Wick VR which sounds badass af tbh) Pretty weird idea, but I guess it would be profitable because people love vr and the headsets are like 1,000 dollars. It’s better to pay for a smaller price like 30-50 dollars than 1k. This won’t even take up theater space either so it should just be a IMAX side project.

theatrefan
theatrefan on March 11, 2017 at 6:55 am

If you’re going to be putting on a pair of goggles to give you virtual reality Imax, then what is the point of going to the cinema in the first place? People can just stay on the sofa at home and do it.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on March 9, 2017 at 9:10 pm

Everything old is new again.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on March 9, 2017 at 7:40 pm

The future? We did Virtual Reality headsets at the Cineplex Odeon Chelsea in 1991. No one gave a damn.

BenPaz
BenPaz on March 9, 2017 at 7:36 pm

Virtual Reality man… it’s the future? Like you put on a headset. and you get into the reality or something.

BenPaz
BenPaz on March 9, 2017 at 6:54 pm

@xbs2034

IMAX VR is literally in a regular room. They won’t need to edit auditoriums or anything. But yay there may be a new york location for IMAX VR!

ridethectrain
ridethectrain on February 15, 2017 at 7:45 pm

Read the press release in the photos. Imax getting renovated

xbs2034
xbs2034 on February 15, 2017 at 6:36 pm

It’s been over a week since IMAX showings for this theater have appeared on Fandango, nor are IMAX showings included in advance tickets here for films like Logan and Beauty and the Beast (I believe even if they plan on showing those titles in IMAX, can’t place the tickets on sale until the screen is ready to reopen). So whatever renovations IMAX/AMC are planning for the year, seems like they are currently in process.

xbs2034
xbs2034 on January 29, 2017 at 11:42 pm

Yeah, IMAX just started developing the laser system for smaller theaters mid 2016 and had no timeframe for when it would be ready. Now IMAX does sometimes like to test out a new system in secret before officially unveiling it, but this year may be too soon, particularly when IMAX signed over 70 deals for the big laser system and there are about 40 laser IMAXes currently in use, which means getting those remaining ones installed probably comes first.

Also, based on the article, it seems like IMAX may start installing their updated sound system in some locations without putting in a laser projector as part of the same project, and they have announced plans for some kind of IMAX VR experience opening in a NYC location in 2017 (which could be part of a redesigned auditorium). A lot of what the changes are won’t be clear until renovation actually begins (which isn’t right now at least, as Resident Evil is currently playing in the IMAX per Fandango).

MovieTix86
MovieTix86 on January 29, 2017 at 12:43 pm

AMC seems to be doing this to make their IMAX auditoriums more distinct from their standard auditoriums. Pretty much all of their retrofitted IMAX auditoriums are exactly the same as the other auditoriums in those theatres, excluding the screen, projectors, and sound systems.

AMC added illuminated IMAX signs above those auditorium entrances and outside the building but nothing else to distinguish them from their standard auditoriums. At some of the newer IMAX locations, they have redesigned the exterior of IMAX auditoriums with a more distinct entryway, similar to the Dolby Cinema auditorium entrances but without the illuminated projection wall in the entryway (which is exclusive to Dolby Cinema). Adding plush seating that is different from the other auditoriums also makes those IMAX auditoriums more distinct. This seems to be what they’re planning for those IMAX locations designated in the article.

What I’m curious about is the IMAX laser projectors. Would their current laser projectors fit in those smaller projection booths? I doubt IMAX finished their compact laser system several years ahead of schedule. Unless they’re modifying the booth to accommodate their current laser projection system.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on January 29, 2017 at 6:41 am

Screen sizes, however, seem to remain the same.

New doors, really…?

MovieTix86
MovieTix86 on January 28, 2017 at 4:26 pm

According to the following article, this location and others with IMAX will be renovated with new seating, IMAX 12-channel sound systems and updated auditorium entrance branding.

“For the past year, AMC has been renovating and upgrading IMAX at AMC locations around the country, installing IMAX’s laser projection and 12-channel immersive sound as well as plush rocker seating at popular locations including AMC Lincoln Square 13 in New York and AMC Metreon 16 in San Francisco. Renovations are also expected to take place in the coming months at AMC Empire 25 in New York, AMC Burbank 16 in Los Angeles, AMC Northpark 15 in Dallas and Navy Pier IMAX at AMC in Chicago – including sound and seating enchantments as well as re-designed entryways and auditorium branding.”

Source: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/amc-theatres-expands-imax-partnership-211100244.html