AMC Loews Palisades Center 21

4403 Palisades Center Drive,
Palisades Center Mall,
West Nyack, NY 10994

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AMC Loews Palisades Center 21

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A Megaplex in a Megamall which opened April 3, 1998.

The Loews Palisades Center resides on the top level of the HUGE Palisades Center Mall on Interstate 287 (NY State Thruway) in West Nyack, NY.

The theater itself is OK. All of the auditoriums have stadium style seating but some are kept up better than others. If you are unlucky enough to see a movie in one of the smaller theaters, the screen can be dark and or torn. In the larger auditoriums where the BIG films premiere, the conditions tend to be a little better.

This is NOT a very memorable place to see a film. It’s prime objective is to get as many people in and out as fast as possible and to clean the theaters as well as possible without delaying turnaround. Service from the staff runs the gamut from mediocre to borderline rude to outright displays of hostility (I had an attendent at one of the concession stands act so nastily to a customer on line ahead of me that I got off the line…another attendent who came into the theater to sell popcorn and such from a cart was actually talking to a friend on his cellphone connected with an ear and mouth piece. The whole time he was getting my stuff, he was just chatting away!!)

The thing that makes this theater OK is that the largest auditoriums are awesome and the sound quality is very good. Saw the final installment of “Lord of the Rings” here last year and it was incredible. Don’t waste time seeing smaller, art house fare here. You’ll end up in the smaller theaters that are not kept up as well.

The theater probably posts decent boxoffice numbers but it’s management is doing the least to maintain it and the staff there act as if they could care less. You’ll get a better reception at your local McDonalds. In 2015 Screen 10 was converted into an IMAX theatre.

Contributed by Chris Connolly

Recent comments (view all 41 comments)

moviebuff82 on May 14, 2015 at 11:38 am

i agree on palisades parking. The imax was my second favorite imax that was near an AMC/Loews theater in the New York area. it’s been 15 years since i went there….recently walked by there when Inception played there. RIP real imax at palisades…

John Fink
John Fink on September 20, 2015 at 8:02 pm

I’ve been here a few times since the renovations – the restrooms largely look the same and AMC changed the ticketing counters to integrate more self-service machines (interestingly enough they only have two cash/pass registers open – the rest are credit only).

20 theaters have the second generation recliners – quite comfortable but the footrests don’t fully extend nor do the backs recline that far – still an improvement over the previous seating.

The IMAX however is terrible – I saw Everest on Friday night in 3D – they have the same style of seating as the recliners except they don’t recline – also there’s limited foot room (and you can’t place your feet under your seat – they’ve padded that part for some reason). The retrofit screen is about half the size of the previous IMAX and lacks the immersive view even three rows from the screen (where I eventually moved). The most annoying feature was a light directly above the screen that remained on, washing out the dark scenes. I wrote to IMAX and received a quick response – I hope the matter is corrected because the 3D was virtually useless. I tend to think it has more to do with AMC rather than IMAX – AMC’s presentation standards are downright atrocious (they’re the leader in leaving the Real D filters on 2D shows).

alpinedownhiller on October 19, 2015 at 10:28 pm

Jeez what a sick joke. I can’t believe they shut down the true giant IMAX here right before SW? What on Earth were they thinking! People would driven for miles to see it on that screen. I was. Was so excited to finally see a SW at the start on a true, giant IMAX screen and they close it! Heck, if I’m driving to Palisades to see it on this crappy joke of a new IMAX. It’s far worse and even smaller than the one 10 minutes away from me. Man I was finaly going to see it in real IMAX and they put in this atrocious junk of a screen and kill the amazing one. The only one without the hideous expense and mess of getting into Manhattan.

alpinedownhiller on November 19, 2015 at 6:34 pm

Does anyone know the dimensions of the new digital IMAX here? On online ticketing it looks like only 26 seats wide, however, it shows the screen way, way wider than the seating. If that is to scale is it as wide as the old true IMAX only just not as tall now or is it also a lot less wide? Is it any bigger than the typical digital IMAX screen? Or just the same (or even smaller, going by only 26 seats across)?

John Fink
John Fink on December 19, 2015 at 9:37 pm

I wouldn’t waste time on the “new” IMAX screen here – Garden State and City Center have decent IMAX retrofits. Clifton Commons is the worst – a downright scam. This one does have a big screen but awkward viewing angles – – between the light directly above the screen and the exit slights that backlight the screen, it’s baffling how IMAX could certify this auditorium. AMC should be embarrassed by both this screen and Clifton Commons…if only they cared about quality.

markp on December 20, 2015 at 8:08 am

I worked at City Center for a short time after the retrofit. They did a quality job. Moved the screen up about 30 feet closer and lost 120 seats, but it was nice. Havent been there in 10 years since I left.

warw1ckLuk3 on December 31, 2015 at 12:59 am

While I certainly appreciate the recent modifications, such as reclining chairs, there are other aspects that are wanting. We went to see the new Star Wars film a week ago, and it was a very unpleasant experience – the sound levels, especially during the commercials (too many of those for years!) and Coming Attractions were deafening, and during the film itself were ridiculously loud. During the promos, the sound was so loud that the speakers were distorting. I complained to the service desk but nothing was done. I certainly like the idea of the recliners and being able to reserve a specific seat, but I like my hearing too. I’m planning on going to the Nanuet Regal in the future – during my visits there I felt more like a guest than a revenue source.

moviebuff82 on December 31, 2015 at 6:21 am

This theater was ahead of its time when it opened in 98 and had some competition. Now it has a new one in the name of Regal.

rivest266 on July 3, 2016 at 4:42 pm

This opened on April 3rd, 1998 as the Tri-State Area s largest movie theatre. Its grand opening ad can be found in the photo section for this cinema.

moviebuff82 on November 22, 2016 at 1:38 pm

Soon to be surpassed by the AMC Empire 25 2 years later. I remember reading about it in the local paper back in high school.

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