Bedbugs Reported in Times Square AMC Empire Cinema

By Ben Fractenberg on August 16, 2010 12:00pm | Updated on August 16, 2010 1:24pm

A theater goer at the Times Square AMC Empire 25 was reportedly bitten while watching a movie Sunday night.
A theater goer at the Times Square AMC Empire 25 was reportedly bitten while watching a movie Sunday night.
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By Ben Fractenberg

DNAinfo Reporter/Producer

TIMES SQUARE — The Times Square AMC Empire 25 multiplex may be infested with bedbugs, Gothamist reported Monday.

A moviegoer told the blog she was “covered in bites” after seeing Scott Pilgrim vs. The World on Sunday night.

"The staff at the customer service desk confirmed that the theater has known of the infestation for days and that it will not be fumigated until Tuesday," the woman, who asked to remain anonymous, told Gothamist.

"They also told me that the AMC on 125th is fighting a bedbug infestation as well."

The blog called the theater and were told by a manager that exterminators will be cleaning out the theater after the multiplex closes Monday night. He also said the bedbug problem at the 125th location was “taken care of.”

Tickets were still being sold for Monday shows at the Times Square location as of late morning. A theater employee said they would remain open today and “have no information” on the bedbugs.

The possible outbreak happened after a newly-released Daily News-Marist poll said one in 10 New Yorkers have dealt with bedbugs in their home — twice as many as in 2009.

"I got all chewed up," one poll respondent, Bronx resident Margaret Martinez, 61, told The News. "I woke up and I had bites all over my arms and my face. I was all swollen."

The prevalance of bedbugs in residential homes is spread evenly through the boroughs, according to the poll.

But Manhattan fare the best when it comes to bedbugs in workplaces. Only three percent of borough residents have reportedly being affected by an outbreak at their office or place of work.

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