Art Greenwich Twin

97 Greenwich Avenue,
New York, NY 10013

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42ndStreetMemories on June 10, 2005 at 10:33 am


You bring back a great memory (or great mammary) of seeing Meyer’s “LORNA” there in ‘65. My research of my mis-spent youth shows that the co-feature was “LOVE THE ITALIAN WAY” with Elke Sommer. Great stuff for a 15 year old. j

RobertR on June 9, 2005 at 5:11 pm

In November of 1969 Russ Meyers “Vixen” had been doing boffo business for almost 6 months at the 72nd St Playhouse and the Globe. The film then began it’s first wider run opening at the Greenwich, Liberty, Midtown 99th St. In Brooklyn at the Astor and Elm. In the Bronx at the Ascot. In Queens Continental, Earle and Little Neck. STaten Island at the Island. In Nassau at Bar Harbor, Salisbury and Malverne. In Suffolk at Islip, Hampton Arts and Ronkonkoma.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on June 4, 2005 at 5:21 pm

Twin one projection (the old balcony) shot over the ceiling of twin two creating a fuzzy picture. The air conditioning and heat never really worked correctly, at least as a twin.

The entrance cove was a haven for the homeless until we were allowed to gate the front at the request of local residents. The place had a lot of character and was great arthouse even though Cineplex booked both this and the Waverly as mainstream.

LImovies, I was a regional manager for Cineplex Odeon. When were you there?

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on May 28, 2005 at 10:55 am

LImovies, wanna run that by us again?

longislandmovies on May 28, 2005 at 7:06 am

RATS?I ran this theater as manager and dm for years and never had a one,and i have to say the presintation for and odd twin was pretty good. Theater # 1 was to cold theater #2 to hot ….The locals could not get enough……

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on May 28, 2005 at 4:03 am

After many years as a listed building (even the battleship gray exterior was untouchable) this appears to have been demolished and replaced by an awkward glass fronted gym.

The Art Greenwich had poor presentation as a twin and was home to rats the size of cats. One particular rat (named Ben by theatre staff)had gray hair and used to sit on its hind legs and eat popcorn at the stand, sometimes on busy nights.

The basement boiler was a nightmare of disrepair causing several winter closings. The Art Greenwich had a lot a personality but was truly past its sell-by date.

br91975 on November 4, 2004 at 11:52 am

The Art Greenwich closed in June of 2000, its final two offerings being Ridley Scott’s ‘Gladiator’ and the Sex Pistols documentary ‘The Filth and the Fury’.

longislandmovies on August 23, 2004 at 4:29 pm

a great theater that always did big box office # for its ,Kiss of the spider women played here for a year or so.

42ndStreetMemories on August 23, 2004 at 4:05 pm

Spent a lot of my puberty years here, in the early 60s. Watching foreign films and an occasional “risque” film like Russ Meyer’s Lorna. Seemed like it was dedicated to all Jean Paul Belmondo at times. Great stuff. Jerry from 42nd Street Memories

RobertR on August 5, 2004 at 4:11 pm

I passed by here the other day and recalled many fond days seeing films here. The theatre was a great single but was an awkward twin. Still it had the flavor of a true Greenwich Village cinema.

Mark1 on July 26, 2004 at 1:34 pm

I think it was actually a lot more than $8 million. In any event, the Greenwich Theatre appears in the 1947 Joan Crawford/Henry Fonda film, “Daisy Kenyon”. I don’t know if they actually shot on location or copied it in the studio, but it is clearly the Greenwich. They are shown outside it, and I think going into it.

br91975 on March 13, 2004 at 7:49 pm

The former Art (and Movieland 8th Street) is indeed still used as a theatre, often serving as a showcase for various film festivals and screenings, with NYU connections and otherwise, under the aegis of the Cantor Film Center. Surprisingly, while the lobby was completely renovated, from what I’ve heard, the three auditoriums within the complex – a result of the renovation BS Moss engineered prior to its reopening as the Movieland 8th Street in June of 1986 – haven’t been. (One of my strongest moviegoing experiences stems from my only visit to the Movieland, in July of 1993, when, prior to a screening of ‘Sleepless in Seattle’ in the upstairs auditorium, a female co-patron fell into a heap when her seat gave out under her. Somehow I don’t think it would be THAT difficult for NYU to find the money within its budget to replace the seats within the three Cantor auditoriums… )

RobertR on March 12, 2004 at 10:16 am

The ART became Movieland 8 ST. operated by Moss and then by UA, it is now part of the college complex there and may still be used as a theatre.