AMC Empire 25

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

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Gerald Rivera
Gerald Rivera on November 21, 2023 at 8:35 am

When is this movie theater is going to be renovate AMC oughta renovate this movie theater

Gerald Rivera
Gerald Rivera on October 23, 2023 at 6:42 pm

I remembered I came to this movie theater I saw madea with a college friend of mines back in 2017 and it was a good experience

Gerald Rivera
Gerald Rivera on October 16, 2023 at 9:10 am

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Gerald Rivera on October 16, 2023 at 4:53 am

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m00se1111 on March 29, 2023 at 10:31 am

so Amazon is considering buying just this location or the entire chain?

Mikeoaklandpark on March 29, 2023 at 10:12 am

That would be interesting. AMC sucks. They used to be awesome until China bought them out

Comfortably Cool
Comfortably Cool on March 29, 2023 at 7:05 am

Financial news bulletin on the radio this morning claimed that Amazon is seriously considering a multi-billion dollar acquisition of AMC. Haven’t stopped laughing since!

ridethectrain on October 28, 2022 at 10:19 pm

according to AMC website, the empire now has the Laser at AMC

HowardBHaas on June 15, 2022 at 3:55 am

Ridethectrain, this is not the website for technical specifications, but unfortunately, nowhere seems to explain. I’m thinking AMC Prime has Dolby Atmos surround sound but not Dolby Vision picture quality? Here in Philadelphia the downtown AMC Fashion District has both Dolby and Prime auditoriums. I’ve only seen one movie so far in Prime, but many in Dolby.

ridethectrain on June 14, 2022 at 8:03 pm

Saw Top Gun Maverick in AMC PRIME, the sound and picture was better then Regal in Regular. Right now, the RPX screen is closed for remodeling.

The original AMC PRIME was in theatre 6 now theatre 8. When AMC decided to rebrand with Dolby Cinema at AMC, the Empire new AMC PRIME is in Theatre 18 AMC PRIME is in only 18 locations across the country, some locations have it with Dolby Cinema and some only with PRIME because the location didn’t meet Dolby requirements for that location to get Dolby Cinema (For example, AMC Marton 8 and AMC Wayne 14 in New Jerse)

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Joshua Bilmes
Joshua Bilmes on June 12, 2022 at 12:12 am

Spotted some rolls of carpeting near the entrances to screens 11/12 and 16/17, but, yeah, they are overdue to re-seat the auditoria. I like the idea of putting recliners in some of the larger screens. Even for popular movies the crowds book the PLF screens in advance, while 9/12/13/14/17 go begging for customers. Prime might be a better choice than Dolby Cinema because the contractual PLF bookings usually give AMC some flex with Prime. The two TG: Maverick screenings a day on Prime here are the only Manhattan PLF showings while the dinosaurs chow down.

zoetmb on May 31, 2022 at 10:38 pm

SAVE the theater? The E25 is reputed to be the highest grossing theater in the U.S. I’m glad the E25 (and the Lincoln Square) doesn’t have recliners in most of the auditoriums (although there are some auditoriums where their seats do need to be fixed or replaced). Recliners reduce the seat count to ridiculously small levels and when they construct it with a center aisle, there’s no ideal seat.

There’s at least 8 screens with fewer than 100 seats. With recliners, they’d probably only have 50 seats each.

The E-Walk once had 3276 seats and now, with their two best screens, #12 and #13 being closed due to renovation, the seat count is down to just 932. Word is that one of those auditoriums is going to be the new 4DX auditorium. The lobby of the E-Walk is being destroyed to make room for some crappy retail.

What I’d like to see the E25 do is to take either screen #14 (currently 301 seats) or another screen they have with 351 seats and make a second Dolby screen. There’s a lot of films released in Dolby that never get played in NYC in that format because all the AMC’s with a Dolby screen play the same film.

Whenever I’ve been at the E25, the bathrooms have been very clean. I will say that the hallway decoration at the E-Walk is nicer. Also, the elevators are almost always not working at the E25 and taking the escalators up from the entrance lobby to the theater level is narrow and ugly.

CorusFTW on May 16, 2022 at 5:47 am

I agree that the megaplex is due for a major renovation. From what I’ve seen from photos from Google Maps, AMC Empire 25 has not replaced their seats in their non-Prime/Dolby auditoriums. The IMAX was also only a retrofit of one of their larger auditoriums, meaning it’s smaller than AMC Lincoln Square’s and it has a single laser system. I see two solutions for what AMC could do to save this theatre. One, they replace their rocker seats with recliners and update the 2000s decor like what they did to other cinemas. Two, cut their losses and close the cinema for the developer to repurpose and surrender to the better-maintained Regal E-Walk across the street. I know the latter is unlikely to happen, but does anyone else agree that this cinema is due for a major upgrade?

ridethectrain on May 15, 2022 at 8:59 pm

First, I didn’t say anything about AMC getting Screen X, Screen X is a format that also used in CGV Cinemas. The remaining 22 screens need to seats and the restrooms are not as maintained as Regal.

m00se1111 on May 14, 2022 at 11:52 am

wow, there’s so much bad grammar and misspellings in that vitriol.

Screen X is proprietary to Regal in the States. I don’t really believe many (if any) AMC complexes have theatres for 4DX or DBox.

So what exactly should they do?

ridethectrain on May 13, 2022 at 4:09 pm

Don’t understand why AMC can’t due a upgrade of theatre complex. This theatre open 6 months after E-walk. This theatre only got an IMAX, DOLBY and PRIME upgrades. Regal did 3 renovations on E-Walk across the street.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on March 3, 2022 at 4:07 pm

Many considered this location to be AMC’s flagship operation.

curmudgeon on March 3, 2022 at 5:48 am

Brilliant way (not!) to encourage audiences back to the movie-going experience.

Comfortably Cool
Comfortably Cool on March 3, 2022 at 5:39 am

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Joe Pinney
Joe Pinney on November 1, 2021 at 12:09 pm

In 1935, when this theatre was known as the Eltinge Theatre and was used for burlesque, Bud Abbott and Lou Costello first met and performed here on the stage together.

In 1998, as part of the renewal of 42nd Street led by the New 42nd Street coalition and real estate developer Bruce Ratner, the entire theatre was lifted off its foundation and moved westward approximately 170 feet (52 m) to its present location.

In the newer location, the shell of the theatre auditorium was converted into a lobby and lounge for the AMC Empire 25, AMC’s first theatre in New York City. Escalators pass through the former proscenium arch of the stage to the newly built auditoriums above. The theater opened at an estimated cost of $70 million, making it one of the most expensive movie theatres ever built.

moviebuff82 on September 17, 2021 at 6:59 am

By the end of the year, new currencies related to crypto will be accepted at all locations including this one.

CorusFTW on August 22, 2021 at 8:18 pm

This theatre opened on April 21, 2000, with the movies: U-571 (4 screens), Gossip (2 screens), Mission to Mars, Ready to Rumble, Pitch Black, Being John Malkovich, Beyond the Mat, Boiler Room, Drowning Mona, Family Tree, Ghost Dog, Price of Glory, Three Strikes, The Tigger Movie, Trois and 9th Gate in the regular screens. It also had some small screens at the top called “Top of the Empire.” Its opening movies include Cotton Mary, Me Myself & I, All About My Mother, Casablanca, The Ten Commandments, 42nd Street and Topsy Turvy.

moviebuff82 on August 3, 2021 at 9:59 am

looks like u have 2 show ur vax card starting the 16th

zoetmb on May 29, 2021 at 1:18 pm

Dalian Wanda has cashed out its stock investment in AMC Theaters, so they’re no longer the majority shareholder and no longer in charge. That could be either good or bad news. AMC almost always lost money in recent history, but they ended 2020 with a $2.4 billion net loss and in the first quarter of 2021, they lost almost another $295 million. The last times they were profitable were 2018, 2016 and 2015.

There are real questions about their future, although I think the NYC theaters would survive no matter what. Not that Regal is in much better shape.

ridethectrain on March 6, 2021 at 10:53 am

The real IMAX theatre for Tenet is AMC Lincoln Square IMAX Theatre, the only location that has 70MM IMAX.