Cinema 1, 2, 3 Also Set To Close
NEW YORK, NY — Following on the heels of the announcement of the Beekman’s closure, New York Post Film Critic Lou Lumenick reports that the Cinema 1, 2, 3 will be gutted this spring and converted into retail space.
Meanwhile, the theater’s owners have already placed a stucco facade over its signature blue tiles “apparently” to prevent the building from being placed on the landmark list — something akin to the “work” done on the Sutton Theater before its closure.
With the passing of years, it may be hard to remember the fanfare that greeted the Cinema I and II upon its opening in 1962, but it quickly became one of THE premiere venues for art and foreign films in Manhattan.
Opened by exhibitor Don Rugoff, The Cinema I and II helped jumpstart the multiplex revolution and was the first International-style theater built in New York City. Architectural Forum noted at its opening that it was also “the first double-decker cinema with continental seating to open in the U.S.”
Decorated with a mural by Ilya Bolotowsky, sculpture by Stephanie Scuris, and artwork by Sewell Sillman and Norman Ives, the Cinema I and II was designed by Abraham Geller, in association with prolific theater architect Ben Schlanger.
According to the New York Post article published today, Harvey Weinstein has pledged his help to keep these theaters open.