AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 with IMAX

1998 Broadway,
New York, NY 10023

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xbs2034 on September 30, 2015 at 6:46 pm

Mockingjay Pt 2 now confirmed to play in IMAX here with tickets going on sale today. With an already full fall slate of The Walk (playing now), Crimson Peak, and Spectre on sale, that means no laser IMAX, at least this year. I think the theater’s success is part of the reason behind the decision- laser systems are expensive to install, and they may even lose seats, so if the theater is seemingly losing no business in windowboxed digital that it had when it was 15/70, I can see why AMC are in no rush to pay the laser expense and lose four weeks of business during the renovation process.

xbs2034 on September 10, 2015 at 3:49 pm

Oh, and I did some checking and they apparently will still be projecting IMAX digital when Spectre arrives. Fandango lists it as a digital IMAX showing (whereas I’ve seen IMAX laser designated as such in those locations on Fandango) and earlier it was said the seating chart would be changed as part of the laser renovation, but I went onto Fandango for the Spectre screenings and same rows and seat # available for reserved seating.

Since skipping Hunger Games is their only other option to do renovations before Star Wars, yeah, I’m back to feeling pretty likely IMAX laser won’t come till 2016 here (just don’t want IMAX trying to still hype it as “new” tech then when it will have been in other theaters for over a year).

xbs2034 on September 9, 2015 at 7:50 pm

Tickets for the new James Bond film Spectre are already on sale here for both IMAX and standard format.

Giles on August 26, 2015 at 5:30 pm

Does this theater have a screen that is outfitted to playback in Dolby Atmos – which one?

xbs2034 on July 14, 2015 at 5:26 pm

Was this said recently, that would be great if true (I remember when they first switched to digital in fall of 2013 the manager said the plan was to go to laser sometime in the second half of 2014, so I’m a bit skeptical until they lock down an actual month or other clear time frame).

Interesting that they would also put in new seats (I understand they don’t want to go with recliners, but I find the IMAX seats decent already, it is some of the ones in the downstairs screens that feel like they may be falling apart) could certainly see it taking longer than 4 weeks to renovate if they did that as well which likely means a big film or two will be skipped if they open this year.

ridethectrain on July 14, 2015 at 4:51 pm

The manager told me in the fall for laser and the theatre getting new seats in thecimax screen. No recliners the screen might lose about 100 seats vA

xbs2034 on July 14, 2015 at 3:57 pm

Given we are already getting press releases/announced schedules for IMAX locations converting to laser for Feb 2016 dates and still no announcement on a timetable for Lincoln Square, I’m not optimistic it is happening this year. One other nice bit of info the article gives is that it takes approx. 4 weeks to convert to laser, so unless they are going to begin the process after Mission Impossible or Man from Uncle at the very latest we can probably write it off from happening this year (don’t see them cutting off the runs of Everest and The Walk when those films are opening early in IMAX, and after those there isn’t much time before the big holiday blockbusters starting with Spectre).

As for the non-IMAX screens, I also think the place could use some renovation (and it does great business, so it would make financial sense). I’ve seen Ex Machina and a test screening of Steve Jobs here recently, and the screens/seats were showing their age.

moviebuff82 on July 7, 2015 at 8:34 am

Coming this fall, laser imax.

xbs2034 on June 6, 2015 at 11:30 am

Celboy, here is an article from IMAX where they state the laser projection can do 1:43 aspect ratio

I don’t think IMAX has released full details of their new camera yet (if I remember correctly, they didn’t do so with the 3D digital camera last year until a couple weeks before Transformers came out, even though it had been in use for a long time) so we will have to wait and see. I’d be hopeful they would keep the classic ratio with it, but yeah it could just be 1.9.

moviebuff82 on June 1, 2015 at 2:27 pm

Maybe Lincoln Square will have laser projection once the new star wars movie comes out..

celboy on June 1, 2015 at 1:58 pm

Hi xbs2034, Do you know anymore about “somewhat different”? I guess we’ll have to wait & see. —I don’t see the camera being “better”—more like maybe Imax being the only one to buy alexa 65 cameras and using them for their Imax clients. —I think Imax considers “Imax aspect ratio” to be 1.9—the chip size—not the 1.4 15/70. I think they can work outside dci specs and choose the full chip for display and coin it “Imax aspect ratio”. To me , its like Super 35 projection with extra headroom top & bottom—nothing significantly better. —but more a composition change. Lets see if David Fincher does an Imax release? —To my knowledge, the aspect ratio in the lasers are nothing new. Its still 1.9. TI DLP chips are that. The laser doesn’t change the rez—just the light source. Please correct me if I am wrong. —This again leads back to my earlier post above about classic aspect ratios being totally dead (very unfortunate) and its 1.9 and smaller.

xbs2034 on June 1, 2015 at 11:54 am

Celboy, while the IMAX system is “jointly modified” by Arri and IMAX from the Alexa 65 design, it is important to note the Alexa 65 (which was used to shoot Inarritu’s The Revenant) is somewhat different from the new IMAX digital camera (which will debut on sections of Captain America: Civil War and used for the entirety of the next Avengers films).

IMAX has said that the digital camera will use IMAX aspect ratio, I assume it will be the classic one that 15/70 used and is now in the lasers systems (which hopefully would be widespread by May 2018 when the third Avengers releases), though possible it could be the 1.9 digital IMAX aspect ratio.

xbs2034 on June 1, 2015 at 11:27 am

amcbayplaza13, neither Lincoln Square nor any IMAX theater is showing a 15/70 print of Tomorrowland, it is just playing in digital IMAX at Lincoln (though some other locations, sadly none near NYC, have it in IMAX Laser).

I’m also pretty sure Jurassic World will not have any film prints: Interstellar is the only Hollywood feature in the last year and half to get a 15/70 release, and many indications are that no others are coming (IMAX has been quiet on outright confirming that, but if JW were to break this trend I have to imagine there would be talk about it by now).

Giles on May 28, 2015 at 5:30 pm

interesting little tidbit of 8-channel SDDS sound: DCI compliant audio processors can use and implement the left/center and right/center speaker that SDDS-8 featured. Word is that the new restored DCP of ‘My Fair Lady’ is encoded as such – retaining the original 1964 70mm/6-track mix configurement.

MarkNYLA on May 28, 2015 at 4:09 pm

SDDS was a film-only sound format. There is no digital projection version. It is no longer supported by Sony, although theaters that are still equipped with readers and who still receive 35mm prints that support the format can still play it.

ridethectrain on May 28, 2015 at 3:31 pm

Theaters 1 Loews Theatre 2 Kings and Theatre 5 Valencia Dolby Digital. Loews also has Dolby Atmos. The other 9 probably SDDS. Half of the AMC Empire 25 is SDDS. Their the small houses

Also note Loews is not THX certified anymore

RobertAlex on May 28, 2015 at 3:03 pm

Thanks for the info! I was under the impression that imax laser could do 4:3. We shall see soon enough. I have seen two films at the Chinese Theater in IMAX Laser and it is spectacular. Same with Dolby Vision, it was just phenomenal at The El Capitian . Best digital images I have ever seen. Hopefully they will release more information soon on Winter Soldier and the aspect ratio they will use with that film before they start Infinity War. Thanks for the reply !

This was the first Imax I have ever been too and have always adored this theater.

celboy on May 28, 2015 at 2:12 pm

Robert, that link refers to an update on the original Alexa camera that is widely used today. They (arri) are pushing anamorphic capture. But no projector makers are pushing anamorphic projection..—– probably due to DCI. Thats what makes me wonder if 4x3 digital projection will ever happen. Arri appears to be treating alexa 65 as its own thing…you can’t buy …only rent. Pixel-wise the camera is 6560x3102.

RobertAlex on May 28, 2015 at 9:22 am

cellboy, I am not sure that information about the Alexa 65 is correct. I might be wrong, but doesn’t this info from Arri mean that this lens is capable of a 1.1:43 aspect ratio with the Alexa 65?

ALEXA Plus 4:3 for anamorphic

moviebuff82 on May 28, 2015 at 9:21 am

Does this theater still use SDDS?

Giles on May 27, 2015 at 2:46 pm

well that’s conterintuitive when every IMAX (15/70) screens are 4:3 – guess the future means we’ll get stuck with 2.0:1 / 1.9:1 image letterboxed on said screens, but still not using the full screen – ugh…

celboy on May 27, 2015 at 1:33 pm

The new Alexa 65 camera has an aspect ratio of 2.1 to 1. I don’t think sensors /chips are going to get 4x3, rectanglar aspect ratio of 2 to 1 seems to be the primary display future.

Giles on May 27, 2015 at 12:02 pm

you should point out moviebuff82 that each next Avenger’s movies will be shot in Digital IMAX for the entire movie – I gather that means that 4:3 screens full screen and 1.78:1 on all IMAX-Digital screens. In other words, no alternating aspect ratios.

Press release news:

‘IMAX Corporation today announced that Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War – Parts 1 & 2, the two-part installment to the global blockbuster franchise, will be shot in their entirety using IMAX® and ARRI’s next generation revolutionary 2D digital camera – a joint customized digital version of ARRI’s new large format camera, the Alexa 65. The two-part Avengers saga marks the first time a Hollywood feature film will have been shot completely using IMAX® cameras and will feature IMAX’s exclusive aspect ratio, providing moviegoers a uniquely immersive experience.’

Giles on May 27, 2015 at 11:57 am

Tomorrowland’s IMAX aspect ratio is slightly open matted to 1.90:1

none of the Guardians of the Galaxy was shot with IMAX cameras – but I do have to say, the IMAX ‘experience’ with the expanded screen sequences was really stunning and worked to the giant screens advantage.