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The Justin Scott/AMC standard PR statement that one of their former sites was closed because it “no longer competed effectively in the marketplace” doesn’t exactly hold when the nearest competition is located several miles away.
Today is the last day unfortunately, Howard. I had the privilege of speaking with Christine, another 72nd Street East employee, last night. She told me that the final showing of Fair Game is at 7 pm tonight. AMC-hired crews will then come in and remove any reuseable equipment; I imagine anything left behind will be taken out in the coming days and/or weeks, before interior demolition work begins.
As for the next tenant, I wish it wasn’t but my guess from Tuesday was correct: it will be a supermarket and, from Christine’s understanding, a Gristede’s. (And, to correct myself, Victoria’s Secret is still open – as are Super Runners and Bath & Body Works – so the first retail domino to fall will be the 72nd Street East.)
Those are the ones, Dave. Victoria’s Secret is already closed, the 72nd Street East is next, and Bath & Body Works and Super Runners soon thereafter.
I was speaking with a theatre employee last night and he told me the leases of all of the building’s retail tenants are either being bought out or not being renewed. My best guess is that a supermarket will be moving in.
Per the Jackson Triplex closing, I’ve noticed more sheriff-enforced eviction notices plastered on business doors around the city lately; literally signs of the times, from both sides…
When you have a chance, Warren, could you re-post to your Photobucket profile the images you provided links to on April 19th and July 25th of last year? Many advance thanks!
I walked by the 62nd & Broadway Cinema this morning and the marquee read ‘Theater Closed’. Not a surprise in the least…
90,000 square feet for junky clothes? I’d rather see a Target store – which would be a boon to both tourists and locals – move into that space…
I haven’t experienced a similar situtation, nyc6655, but my best advice would be to contact the management of the Quad and complain about what you’ve experienced and seen happen to others. The office number is 212.255.2243. Best of luck…
Just realized you answered Al’s question, William, as I was typing my response; apologies for the duplication…
Creative phrasing, Al; tip of the hat to you :–)
The ‘big toilet’ was actually next door, in the former Barcode space. As for the building which houses the former Loews State, word is that Forever 21 will be taking over the majority of the soon-to-be-former Virgin Megastore space, with Nordstrom Rack taking over the basement level and perhaps, even though this isn’t detailed in the linked article below (and I haven’t been able to verify this via other sources), the movie theatre portion of the building as well.
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 (http://www.nypost.com/seven/01062009/business/deal_for_1540_bway_147352.htm; see second item down).
Also, for future reference, the link for all upcoming releases at the Arclight:
According to their official website, the upcoming releases scheduled to open at the Arclight include:
Just out of curiosity, new yorker, how did you come upon these items? Are there plans for a new tenant to move into the Ridgewood Theatre space?
I couldn’t figure that out, Ron. I looked at the people in the pictures, thinking that maybe they were members of some sort of theatrical company, but that didn’t seem to be the case. The most oblique comments which accompany the photographs include one mentioning that an opening at the parking garage ‘could be enclosed with plastic and made into cornfield’ (huh?) and another that the cabinets and desk in one of the offices ‘could be struck’ – all kind of weird, at least on the surface…
A random set of photographs of the Circle Cinemas, taken in mid-October: http://www.flickr.com/photos/31393958@N02/
The Opera House in Boston featured in that photograph, Warren, is this one: /theaters/23/
Thanks for the clarification on that, Mark; having never seen a film at the Chinese, I had no idea the newer six screens had stadium seating. Still, I wonder why Mann Theatres doesn’t try to negotiate for product-splitting with the Arclight. I’d have to think, based on the history of the Chinese and the quality moviegoing atmosphere at the Arclight (where I have been fortunate enough to see a couple of films), that such an agreement wouldn’t hurt either theatre greatly, if even by any negligible margin…
I’m sending good thoughts your way as well, Roger. Take care and all the best…
Is there any possibility that the Chinese 6 auditoriums could be converted to stadium seating and/or that the Chinese and the Arclight could share product, much as the Landmark and the AMC Century City 15 did last summer with ‘The Dark Knight’ and ‘Mamma Mia!’?
The Studio 28 is one of the few 20-screen U.S. theatres to close, but not the first. An earlier example – but still not perhaps the first – can be found here: /theaters/5793/
Along with the Ziegfeld and the Paris, there are four other remaining single-screen theatres in Manhattan: the ImaginAsian, located on 59th Street near 2nd Avenue; the Clearview 62nd & Broadway; the UA East, at 1st Avenue and 85th Street; and the AMC Loews 72nd Street East 1, on 3rd Avenue.