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New York City Movie Theaters: A Complete Guide

With movie theaters across New York City open again after the pandemic, it’s time to go to the movies and enjoy all the latest new movie releases out now in theatres!

In a city as big and bountiful as New York City, there are so many local movie theaters near you to choose from that it can be hard to know where to start. Just searching “movie theaters near me” is overwhelming AF––what’s the difference between one theater and another? Is it worth the trek across town to go to one local movie theater with reclining seats versus the one around the corner? Do I want to ball out and get drinks served at my seat, or keep it chill at an independent movie theater with drinks and unique food offerings? With over 200 movie theatres within the New York City area, it’s no wonder you don’t know where to start!

Don’t worry, we’re here to help make your decision easier. We’ve narrowed it down to 10 of our favorite local movie theaters in New York City to help you make the most of your New York City movie theater experience.

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Grab some movie theater popcorn and get comfy as we dive into our New York City movie theater guide!

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New York City Movie Theaters: AMC Empire 25

Right down the block, the AMC Empire 25 is one of many AMC movie theaters located in and around New York City. This particular location is located right in the heart of Times Square––a movie-loving tourist’s dream (but again, another local favorite, too)!

One reviewer on Google remarked how the exterior has a “nice old rustic look to it,” but don’t let the outside fool you. This AMC movie theater location features reserved seating, IMAX, and Dolby Cinema auditoriums with cozy recliners throughout. Another Google reviewer mentioned how this New York City movie theater has a “very updated and modern aura inside.” As far as movie selection, one reviewer’s opinion is that this location has the “best selection of feature films in Manhattan.”

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AMC Empire 25

234 West 42nd Street

New York, New York 10036

 

New York City Movie Theaters: Regal E-Walk 4DX & RPX

The Regal E-Walk 4DX & RPX is located right in Times Square on 42nd street––it doesn’t get more magical than this! After reading through reviews, it’s clear that for some New Yorkers, it’s worth heading into this high-traffic tourist area just for this movie theater experience.


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This isn’t your average Regal theater location. Many Hollywood movie premieres have taken place at this theater over the years. There’s something so magical about the concessions area––it’s just such a classic movie theatre feel and the perfect place to snap a selfie before you head into the cinema.

Outside each auditorium, you’ll find funky art and designs that set the scene for your movie-watching experience. The luxe seats are comfy and sleek, and they even have trays for all of your favorite movie theater snacks and soft drinks.


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One Google reviewer said it’s a “great, old theatre, tons of excitement and energy.”

Regal E-Walk 4DX & RPX

247 West 42nd Street

New York, New York 10036

 

New York City Movie Theaters: AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13

If you’re a sucker for a good IMAX screen, look no further than the AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13, another AMC movie theater in New York City.

Is it just me, or does this escalator make it feel like you’re about to go on a theme park ride?!


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This AMC location has the biggest IMAX screen in the entire city and there are hundreds of reviews on Google that mention how great it is. “Everything about it is impressive,” one reviewer said. “The height, the sound and the new laser projection system for a sharper image with more contrast. One of the few theaters left that has a 70mm film projector as well.”

AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13

1998 Broadway

New York, NY 10023

 

New York City Movie Theaters: NYC Rooftop Cinema Club

Rooftop Cinema Club is on a mission to “transform nights at the movies to cinematic events like no other.” With locations across the country, including in Tampa, Los Angeles, Dallas, San Diego, and more, each Rooftop Cinema Club has a beautiful skyline view. Every guest gets a pair of wireless headphones and their very own adjustable deck chair with pillows and plenty of legroom. 

Rooftop Cinema Club screens everything from cult classics to new movie releases. Each location, including the New York City outdoor movie theater location, has a full food menu and bar with cocktails, beer, and wine. If you prefer old-school movie theater snacks, they have them too. The box office is stocked with classic movie snacks, candy, and popcorn. Oh, did we mention that the popcorn is bottomless?!