Manhattan’s Lincoln Plaza Cinema to Close in January 2018

posted by Ross Melnick on December 18, 2017 at 10:58 am


Indiewire reports that the beloved Lincoln Plaza Cinema will close next month. According to Indiewire: “The news of Lincoln Plaza’s demise sent a shock wave throughout the independent film distribution community on Friday, as many figures in the specialty business who had relied on the theater to showcase highbrow foreign language films and other major arthouse releases wondered what a new owner might do with the theater. Some speculated that Landmark Cinemas, which recently opened a new location on 57th Street in the wake of reports that its longtime Lower East Side location would close down next year, would be unlikely to acquire the Lincoln Plaza Cinemas without radically changing its business model.”

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Patrick Crowley
Patrick Crowley on December 20, 2017 at 10:02 am

This article has been updated since it was first published:

UPDATED (December 16): A spokesperson for Milstein Properties provided the following statement: “Milstein Properties built 30 Lincoln Plaza in 1978, we are long-term members of this community and have played a central role in nurturing this special theater. There is vital structural work needed to repair and waterproof the plaza surrounding the building that cannot be completed while the space is in use, and will begin now that the cinema’s lease has expired. At the completion of this work, we expect to re-open the space as a cinema that will maintain its cultural legacy far into the future.”

It sounds like the theater will reopen after construction work is completed. Fingers crossed!

moviebuff82 on December 24, 2017 at 4:21 pm

This is the second oldest arthouse theater in NYC. The Paris was the first.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on December 25, 2017 at 3:29 pm

moviebuff82, I am not sure how you define ‘arthouse’, but the Cinema Village, Quad, and Cinema 1, 2, 3 are all older than this. The latter having been the definition of ‘arthouse’ at one time.

moviebuff82 on December 30, 2017 at 12:58 pm

bernicestockstill on January 5, 2018 at 2:07 am

oh god, not, it is my favorite place

VictorNarraway on January 11, 2018 at 4:53 am

I’m encouraged by the comment from Milstein Properties re: on the completion of work that needs to be done, they expect/hope to reopen the cinema. Oh, let it be true!

moviebuff82 on January 15, 2018 at 2:58 pm

I never been there but my dad went there years ago…

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