Starting in the 1980s many of Manhattan's larger theaters were subdivided to provide more screens -- the perfect solution for Manhattan's ever-growing population.

Here now are the five best theaters in New York City:

Ziegfeld Theater - 141 West 54th St. - (212) 307-1862
The best remaining old style theater, single screen, in New York City. Built in 1969 the theater offers 1131 seats all with an unimpeded excellent view. Wall-to-wall red carpet greets you and the giant screen is a joy to behold. The theater is frequently used for world premieres and other special events. Starting in the 1980s, many of Manhattan's larger theaters were subdivided to provide more screens -- the perfect solution for Manhattan's ever-growing population.

Here now are the five best theaters in New York City:

Ziegfeld Theater - 141 West 54th St. - (212) 307-1862
The best remaining old style theater, single screen, in New York City. Built in 1969 the theater offers 1131 seats all with an unimpeded excellent view. Wall-to-wall red carpet greets you and the giant screen is a joy to behold. The theater is frequently used for world premieres and other special events.

AMC Lincoln Square 13 with IMAX -1998 Broadway - (212) 336-5020
Just up the block from Lincoln Center, this is the only theater in Manhattan with an IMAX screen. Having opened within the last 10 years, the theater is kept in pristine condition. The lobby and decorations pay homage to the great movies and stars of the past. The seats are arguably the most comfortable of any theater in New York and with 13 screens it's not hard to find a movie you want to watch. The theater is popular and can get crowded with multiple sellouts so I advise you to purchase tickets online for any movie that's been out less than two weeks.

AMC Loews Kips Bay 15 - 570 2nd Ave - (212) 447-0638
This theater opened in 1999 and has been kept in immaculate condition. 15 screens and an interesting selection of first run mega hits mixed with interesting offbeat films make this a destination theater. Stadium seating make for a comfortable viewing experience. As an added bonus: Since the theater is off the beaten path the crowds seem to be more mature and less prone to making noise.

Walter Reade Theater - 70 Lincoln Center Plaza - (212) 875-5600
This was built in 1991 to add movies to the Lincoln Center arts experience. Almost 20 years later the theater still manages to give the impression of high-tech wonderment. The program constantly changes as the theater offers a variety of old and new films. This is the perfect place to see unique films and a must visit spot for any serious student of film.

AMC Empire 25 - 234 W. 42nd St. - (212) 398-3939
The shell of this theater was built in 1912. Closed down during the '80s, the building was slated for demolition. AMC got hold of the property and ended up putting together a 25-screen wonder. The facade of the original theater is still visible from the outside. All 25 screens have stadium seating and good sight-lines. The theaters only two shortcomings are its Times Square location, which tends to fill up the place even at odd times for films that have been out for awhile, and the audience is a little more verbal than at some other Manhattan theaters.
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