After many months of renovation, AMC Loews Lincoln Square has finally converted their previous “Loews” auditorium into a Dolby Cinema auditorium.
This now marks the fourth Dolby Cinema location in New York City. Like others, this one includes features such as reclining seats and moving audio.
Previously, the Loews auditorium’s seat count was 876. Now, after the Dolby conversion, the seat count is 290. That is due to the extra room required for the recliner seats.
The seat count of 290 beats that of the Dolby auditoriums at Empire 25 (219 seats), Loews 34th Street 14 (125 seats) and Magic Johnson Harlem 9 (112 seats).
Unlike other Dolby theaters, this one includes a significant chunk of seats without stadium seating. This is because the Loews originally also didn’t include stadium seating. Only the seats on the balcony (which has been preserved) are installed with stadium seating. However, since the seats recline, a blocked view shouldn’t be likely.
The Loews auditorium was originally designed to mimic the demolished Loew’s 72nd Street theatre with an interior inspired by a Thai-temple. That design is gone and replaced with blue lights and a large LED display upon entrance. The screen however doesn’t appear to have been reduced in size.
AMC Theaters now runs over 100 Dolby Cinema locations and their Loews Lincoln Square now hosts two premium formats – IMAX Laser and Dolby Cinema.