New Metro Twin

2626 Broadway,
New York, NY 10025

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Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on April 5, 2012 at 2:58 pm

This is great news!

NedMerrill on April 5, 2012 at 1:35 pm

Now the New York home of the Alamo Drafthouse:

LuisV on January 4, 2012 at 10:04 am

Well, the owner of the Metro has finally found a new tenant though he is not saying who it is. Sadly, it appears that the interior has been gutted for use as retail. The exterior and marquee are protected.

The long vacant Art Deco Metro Theater at 2626 Broadway, between 99th and 100th streets, is set to be reborn as a retail destination, after owner Albert Bialek filed an application with the city’s Department of Buildings in late December 2011 for a $900,000 renovation that will convert the interior of the 79-year-old theater, DNAinfo reported. A retail tenant has already signed on to lease the space, which has been empty for six years, though the identity of the store was not immediately available. ”It’s something that everyone in the neighborhood will love, I think,” Bialek said.

Last year, Bialek, president of real estate consulting firm Albert Bialek Associates, gained control of the Metro, an Upper West Side landmark, from leaseholder John Souto. Souto had a 49-year lease on the property, which had formerly served as a pornography house, art-house movie theatre and two national cinema chains.

jerryon103St on December 2, 2011 at 8:05 pm

Just east of from Broadway on W. 99St between Amsterdam and Columbus where I grew up in the 1940s was the THE PARK WEST Theater, not mentioned on this website. My cousin Richard recalls that YOU GOT A GLASS OR DISH IF YOU WENT THERE and he ALSO BOUGHT DAY OLD PASTRIES ON COLUMBUS AVE BEFORE THE MOVIE [DAY OLD WERE MORE LIKE AWEEK OLD] THE FLOOR WAS STICKY AND IT SMELLED FROM URINE THE PEOPLE JUST WENT ON THE FLOOR.

My younger brother recalls that he remembered going there with either a slingshot or pea shooter and shoot at the characters on the screen. This was the days before TV.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on March 10, 2010 at 5:23 pm

There is some wrong information about this theatre above.

It went from being the Midtown 99th Street porno house to the Metro Cinema in late 1982, a Talbot run repertory house.

It was restored and became the Metro Twin in 1986 while still one of Talbot’s New Yorker theatres, but having already gone mainstream first-run for several years with occasional quirky titles.

In 1987 Cineplex Odeon took over, re-did the lobby in faux marble, and re-opened with similar programming.

RobertEndres on October 16, 2009 at 12:59 pm

In response to the comment by Gerald DeLuca above, I’ve been told that the booth the projectionist is seen in is at the Olympia Theatre a few blocks north of the Midtown. I have the DVD and will have to take a look, but as I recall the projectors are at a downward angle that would be more appropriate for the Olympia which had a steep balcony and the equipment was the brands Loews used in many of their theatres at the time. That film was kind of legendary among projectionists here in New York, and I was always particularly interested because Chuck McCann, who played the projectionist, had been an usher at Radio City as was frequently cited by the staff when I was there.

GregKrapp on October 16, 2009 at 12:23 pm

For those of you following Peter Elson, it is interesting to note that his grandfather was Herbert J. Krapp architect of many of the legitimate Broadway Theaters. See a plaque in the Majestic Theater designating Mr. Krapp as the Architect of Broadway.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on October 15, 2009 at 5:36 pm

New book on Talbot theatres.

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Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on June 6, 2009 at 5:27 am

Yesterday I watched Harry Hurwitz’s 1971 movie in a 35mm revival at the Newport Film Festival, The Projectionist. It is a fictional story about a projectionist at what appears to be the Midtown Theatre. We see the exterior and marquee in several shots, and a theatre interior (same place used????) several times. There are also some stunning scenes of an array of lighted marquees on then-glorious 42nd Street. The movie is available on DVD and I have not found any other comments here referring to that film.

RobertR on April 17, 2009 at 1:39 pm

What a shame this is gone
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br91975 on January 6, 2009 at 6:23 am

The Metro has a new tenant – Urban Outfitters – and the building itself has a new asking price, $11.5 million, down from a “speculative” $20 million, according to today’s NY Post (; see second item down).

HowardBHaas on July 9, 2008 at 1:24 pm

The beautiful Art Deco facade stays. The article says the marquee stays. The interior has been destroyed. $15 million means no movies.

bobmarshall on July 9, 2008 at 1:22 pm

Howard—Yes, and Ross said “..Manhattan movie theaters without landmark status, unlike the Metro, were often demolished because the land was more valuable to developers.” He went on to say, he would rather see classic cinemas as movie theaters. The Art Deco facade has landmark protection. So sue me, I’m an optomist if I hope something can be salvaged.

HowardBHaas on July 9, 2008 at 12:58 pm

Anyone interested in what? The article makes it clear that the building won’t again be a movie house. It quotes Ross Melnick, co-webmaster of this site.

bobmarshall on July 9, 2008 at 11:35 am

An headline in today’s (07/09/08) New York Times “A Landmark Theater In Need of Sequal.” Vacant for the last three years, it’s speculated that it might sell for $15 million. Anyone interested? I remember trecking there around late 50’s – early 60s for good old Joan Crawford Warner pix.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on February 19, 2008 at 7:43 pm

Thanks for sharing that, ken mc. Don’t you love how cavalier the real estate broker remarks that “nothing was saved” regarding the beautiful art deco detailing and statuary that once adorned the interior? One wonders if he’s just oblivious to their intrinsic value or if he managed to stash some of it away for his own collection – as a hunter might mount the head of a steer he’s killed.

kencmcintyre on February 18, 2008 at 7:07 pm

Here’s an interesting article from the NY Times dated 11/14/07:

owenspierre81 on January 18, 2008 at 2:54 pm

I forgot to mention that the Nicolas Cage/Christian Slater action-packed WWII drama WINDTALKERS was shown at the Metro Twin on June 14, 2002.

owenspierre81 on January 17, 2008 at 5:03 pm

Here is a list of movies that were shown at the Metro Twin from January 2002 to August 2004.

1/18/02- Snow Dogs
1/25/02- Kung Pow: Enter the Fist
2/8/02- Big Fat Liar
2/8/02- Collateral Damage
March 2002- In The Bedroom
March 2002- Monster’s Ball
3/29/02- Panic Room
4/12/02- Changing Lanes
5/3/02- Spider-Man
5/31/02- The Sum of All Fears
6/21/02- Minority Report
6/28/02- Mr. Deeds
7/17/02- Eight Legged Freaks
7/26/02- Austin Powers In Goldmember
8/7/02- Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams
Aug. 2002- My Big Fat Greek Wedding
8/30/02- FearDotCom
9/13/02- Barbershop
11/8/02- 8 Mile
11/22/02- Die Another Day
12/6/02- Analyze That
12/19/02- The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
12/25/02- Catch Me If You Can
TBA 2003- Chicago
TBA 2003- Adaptation
3/28/03- Head of State
4/11/03- Anger Management
5/2/03- X2: X-Men United
5/15/03- The Matrix Reloaded
5/30/03- The Italian Job
6/13/03- Hollywood Homicide
6/20/03- The Hulk
7/2/03- Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines
7/11/03- The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
7/25/03- Seabiscuit
7/25/03- Spy Kids 3D: Game Over
Aug 2003- Dirty Pretty Things
Aug 2003- The Secret Lives of Dentists
9/12/03- Matchstick Men
9/12/03- Once Upon A Time In Mexico
10/3/03- Lost In Translation
10/10/03- Kill Bill Vol 1
11/5/03- The Matrix Revolutions
11/14/03- Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
11/21/03- Dr. Seuss' The Cat In The Hat
12/12/03- Something’s Gotta Give
12/17/03- The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
1/16/04- Along Came Polly
1/16/04- Big Fish
1/23/04- Mystic River
2/13/04- 50 First Dates
2/27/04- The Passion of the Christ
3/5/04- Starsky & Hutch
3/26/04- Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
3/26/04- The Ladykillers
4/16/04- Kill Bill Vol 2
4/23/04- Man on Fire
5/7/04- Van Helsing
5/14/04- Troy
5/28/04- The Day After Tomorrow
6/4/04- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
6/18/04- The Terminal
6/30/04- Spider-Man 2
7/16/04- A Cinderella Story
7/30/04- The Manchurian Candidate
7/30/04- The Village
8/6/04- Collateral
8/20/04- Garden State
8/20/04- Open Water

The theater was under the management of Clearview Cinemas before it closed on August 26, 2004 and reopened as an independent theater in
December of 2004.

Here is another list of some of the movies that were shown at the Metro Twin since it reopened on December 3, 2004 as an independent

12/3/04- The Incredibles
12/3/04- The Motorcycle Diaries
6/22/05- Herbie: Fully Loaded
9/30/05- The Greatest Game Ever Palyed
10/28/05- Flightplan

After that, this theater has closed at the end of 2005.

R.I.P. Metro Twin 1933-2005

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on October 21, 2007 at 12:00 pm

“ES TU MOMENTO@ (Its your moment) is a Vodaphone ad slogan, so it may be a paid advertisement or a special event party being held on the site.

br91975 on October 21, 2007 at 11:39 am

I translated “Hoy Gran Estreno – Es Tu Momento”; literally, in English, it means “Today Great Premiere – Is Your Moment” – what this signifies, if anything at all, about what’s moving into the Metro Twin space, I have no clue…

br91975 on October 20, 2007 at 1:43 pm

Unless someone had the foresight to remove at least some of those elements, Howard, I fear to report they are all gone, but at least we have your photos to remember them by.

By the way, I walked past the Metro earlier this afternoon and the phrasing on the marquee reads “Hoy Gran Estreno – Es Tu Momento”. As I mentioned yesterday, my knowledge of Spanish is pretty poor; can anyone provide a translation?