Monday, December 8, 2014

A 14-screen Regal Cinemas theater with electronic reclining seats coming to the LES



Crain's has the story on the first tenant for Essex Crossing:

The theater chain, owned by Regal Entertainment Group, will take 65,000 square feet in the base of a 315-foot-tall rental apartment building to be built at 115 Delancey St., on the southeast corner of Essex Street. Construction is expected to begin in the spring and be completed by late 2017 or 2018.

The lease, which stretches for 15 years, is the first signed for the 1.9 million-square-foot development known as the Seward Park mixed-use development project.

The multiplex will stand at the corner that long housed the Olympic Restaurant and Jade Fountain liquor store.

[EVG file photo]

The Lo-Down got a copy of the official Regal news release. Among the theater amenities:

• Recliners for every guest to provide more room, comfort and true luxury.
• Each recliner has an electric control for multiple positions and features padded footrests.
• Digital projection in every auditorium to provide a crystal-clear picture.
• Real D 3D projection systems available for 3D enhanced presentations.
• Stadium seating provides each moviegoer a clear view of the screen.

30 comments:

Anonymous said...

"Each recliner has an electric control for multiple positions and features padded footrests.
I wonder how long the electric controls will function for before some idiot yo bro or woo girls breaks it? Not to mention what kind of crap will be all over the footrests. Yuck.

Anonymous said...

IMO looks really garish and soul-killing.

And as for "luxury" reclining seats - just means the cost of going to the movies will go up.

Crazy Eddie said...

What, no I-Phone/Android charging ports for each recliner? The nerve!

xootrman said...

I remember well the neon sign in the window "Worlds Best Coffee" Needless to say it didn't live up to the illuminated rhetoric.

creature said...

Yikes.

Gojira said...

And a bucket of popcorn will cost $23.50 to pay for all of this stuff.

Dying On Bar Time said...

Welcome to Sheboygan, umm, I mean NYC...

Anonymous said...

I'm sure movie goers in that part of town will be happy for the option of a local theatre. Delancey street traffic needs some fixing or there will be a lot of pedestrian hit by cars and trucks flying on and off the bridge. OMO this is the most dangerous crossing in Manhattan.

Randeep Katari said...

i've been to a reclining theater up on the UWS, and if this is even remotely close to it, it will be INCREDIBLE.

Anonymous said...

I agree. This is pure lunacy. What's driving this real estate frenzy? Getting in before the next hurricane?

EV Grieve said...

I'd like having the amenity where people didn't talk during the movie ... haha

Anonymous said...

or the amenity where you don't have to look at your neighbor's mini glowing screen! ...and try to explain why you mind the extra light!

4:19 p.m. said...

Having wifi, outlets, low lights, and second screen experiences isn't that far-fetched of an idea to the self-entitled and wouldn't be surprised if this theater will have them.

Anonymous said...

I love that developers have no concern about trying to sell condos and fill retail space on one of the most congested and dangerous intersections in Manhattan.We're talking about the entrance and exit to the Williamsburg bridge here folks. You can't redirect the traffic. It's a massive on ramp/off ramp and they are going to build condos right next to it, in the empty parking lots next to the bridge.
Try selling incessant noise, traffic and exhaust fumes to prospective buyers. This city gets more ridiculous by the week.

Giovanni said...

Sorry but until they offer pedicures during my
Ultimate Moviegoing Experience I will not be completely satisfied.

moe said...

The question unanswered is, will they offer half-price matinees. The place on 2nd and 31st does. At full price, with the screens not that big anyway, and so many other free options to watch video entertainment these days if that is your mood, for me full price movies are almost never on the agenda.

Anonymous said...

A movie for a non-senior adult is $15 at the Regal Cinemas locations in Battery Park City and Union Square now, just before 2015.

I'm guessing the price will be $17 by the time this third RC below 15th Street opens, possibly $18-20.

Tack on $1-1.50 if you buy your ticket via Fandango.com.

Anonymous said...

It's not an ultimate movie going experience unless and until it serves boozy brunch on the weekends and the concession stands have Molecule H2O and biscuits!

DrBOP said...

WHAT???

NO Smell-O-Vision?



AND we have a new entry in the 2014 Top Ten Ugliest, Unnecessary and Unwanted Pieces'O'Shit (the TTUUUPOS) being constructed (I use that term loosely) in the EV.
Who knew growing up that glass boxes would substitute for architecture.....I should have stuck with the LEGOs.

NOTORIOUS said...

Surprise! it's a glass box! So unique! #anywhereusa

IzF said...

I want Puddin' Pops to go with my cinema experience whilst Billy Cosby fingers me.
Remember the theatre on Grand Street?
We'd get frozen margaritas to go from The Hat/El Sombrero and have the best fuckin time EVER!!!

paddy523 said...

Honestly????

Not Amanda Bynes said...

Yo lowercaser! Bill Cosby violated me with a pudding pop once! Best sex ever! #wereallbornugly

Anonymous said...

The Thalia Soho, Regency, RKO Greenwich and 8th Street Playhouse -just to name a few-are all spinning in their graves.

Anonymous said...

14 screens and there will be NOTHING worth showing (or paying to see) on any of them. Maybe they can just convert the place to a spa when it fails as a movie theater.

Anonymous said...

Well, that a thought. Why not just re-open the Grand Street Cinema?

Anonymous said...

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/30/business/media/to-lure-young-movie-theaters-shake-smell-and-spritz.html?_r=0

Theater revenues are down in 2014. How about lowering your damn prices a bit, rather than trying to get people to pay more for a pseudo-luxury experience. Fucking dolts. Whatever. Fuck this. I'm off to download some movies on usenet.

Ken from Ken's Kitchen said...

Penguins Of Madagascar! Transformers: Age Of Extinction! Ridley Scott’s Paddington vs Alien!

Anonymous said...

this makes me nostalgic for the old essex theater, saw alot of terrible movies there it was great

Scuba Diva said...

Anonymous said...

I love that developers have no concern about trying to sell condos and fill retail space on one of the most congested and dangerous intersections in Manhattan.We're talking about the entrance and exit to the Williamsburg bridge here folks. You can't redirect the traffic. It's a massive on ramp/off ramp and they are going to build condos right next to it, in the empty parking lots next to the bridge.

It's likely they'll Tribecafy the experience and create pedestrian bridges for the increased foot traffic.

I wish they'd bring back the theaters where you could smoke—well, not really; I don't smoke—but I remember watching Cat On A Hot Tin Roof at the Thalia back in the 80s; whenever someone on screen lit up, people in the audience would light up.