Cinepolis Chelsea Cinemas

260 W. 23rd Street,
New York, NY 10011

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Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on March 18, 2008 at 5:29 pm

I just saw two movies here on Sunday — the renovation is really charming, and for a nine screen cinema it is very cozy. Nice couches and tables on each level for socializing, and big screens, bright picture and clear sound made this a lovely experience. Even the closed snack bars on the upper level had accent lighting on. Craig and his staff have every reason to be proud of this house.

LuisV on March 15, 2008 at 9:18 am

I have to say that what surprises me is that this is happening so soon after they renovated the theater. I can’t believe that Chelsea is going to be without a single movie theater; though it’s not a far walk to 19th St, the Union Square or the 34th St. Two theater buildings will remain: The Chelsea West will be totally renovated and redesigned to meet the needs of its new owner (the School of Visual Arts) and The Joyce Theater (the former porn palace – The Elgin) back when Chelsea was a slum. Progress marches on!

br91975 on March 14, 2008 at 1:32 pm

Jesus Christ… I realize I’m stating the obvious, but real estate developers truly know no limits. I swear they’d give serious thought to selling their own children if someone offered them enough money…

artisteobscure on March 14, 2008 at 12:30 pm

Thanx William! I ended up
finding out their number as well… How terrible that it may close soon… Another reason to catch a good flick now!

LuisV on March 14, 2008 at 8:49 am

Chelsea Cinema Shocker…….

According to this weeks issue of The Real Deal, the real estate industry’s bible, Chelsea Cinemas is in contract to be sold and will most likely be torn down for a hotel leaving Chelsea without a nabe theater.

The quote is as follows: “Chelsea Cinemas could close soon. A hotelier is in contract to buy the nine-screen cinema, according to Faith Hope Consolo, chairman of the retail leasing and sales division at Prudential Douglas Elliman, who is working with the hotelier.

Consolo would not reveal the identity of the developer or the asking price for the space, which is owned by Mutual Redevelopment Houses Inc. She said her client is interested in building a boutique hotel of up to 10 stories, hoping to capitalize on the gallery-going crowd.

This would leave area residents with three options for nearby theaters. The Regal Union Square (which I think is the worst multiplex in Manhattan), the Loews 19th Street and the Loews 34th St.

The Chelsea Cinemas was not a palace in any form of the word, and until the recent renovations, I would have called it a dump. The renovations, however, did make it more more enjoyable to see a movie here and if I still lived in the neighborhood I would miss it, but I always preferred Loews 34th St and the theaters of 42nd St.

William on March 13, 2008 at 4:22 pm

Well has it opening there tomorrow.
Clearview’s Chelsea 9 is 260 West 23rd. Street.

artisteobscure on March 13, 2008 at 3:50 pm

Is Clearview Chelsea where ‘Paranoid Park’ will play tomorrow 3.14.08? The flyer only said it was playing @ “Chelsea 9 NewYork, NY”… I’m brand new to the state so ive no idea which theatre’s sites are accurate, I can’t seem to find anything currently called Chelsea 9, w/an actual address for the life of me, help! I don’t want to miss this film again /:) Thanx!

LuisV on January 18, 2008 at 12:34 pm

I’ll never forget the 10th anniversary celebration of Hedda Letuce’s Thursday night movies. The film chosen for the event: “Mommie Dearest”. It was a virtual sellout and Hedda Lettuce was at her best. Of course, the audience was just as much part of the fun. A great night out at the movies!

verranth1 on January 18, 2008 at 12:18 pm

I will never forget “Valley of the Dolls” here in 2003 – the film was not on DVD at the time.

They put it in the biggest theatre there.

Every seat – taken!

They oversold by about 25 tickets so people sat in the aisles.

Outside, a cue of fifty people were waiting for cancellation tickets. Just like they do at a Broadway Theatre……..

The crowd was part of the show. Hedda was fantastic!

I was a monumental night…

davisdavis on January 1, 2008 at 10:37 am

Thank you so much for the responses. I apologize, I must be confusing this theater with another one.

longislandmovies on January 1, 2008 at 8:23 am

As i was C/O point man on this job at construction time i can tell you these screens are not tiny.

HowardBHaas on January 1, 2008 at 8:19 am

The Chelsea does NOT have dinky sized screens! When built, screen sizes were announced to be nicely sized 25 to 38 feet wide for scope films. Rest assured that no auditorium here is small. My experiences have been 200 to 400 seat auditoriums, not small at all for a multiplex.

davisdavis on January 1, 2008 at 8:11 am

Does anyone know an online source that lists BY SCREEN NUMBER what movies are playing at this theater? I hate showing up and then learning that my movie is playing on the dinkiest screen in the theater. The NYT prints this info in its weekend edition, but you can’t find it online.

William on August 21, 2007 at 4:00 pm

The problem with putting the line “New Print” in your advertising. Is that it is a new print but many times someone else played it before you. The studio struck a few 35mm prints for the reissues. But there are alot of poor film handlers out there.

Forrest136 on August 21, 2007 at 3:21 pm

LOL I attended a matinee today of a one week engagement of “Mahogany”. It is supposed to be a new print! I don’t think so! Tinny Sound, black lines running through most of the film, and it ended abrubtly before the credits were finished!

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on January 29, 2007 at 11:13 am

Ugh. I was at the Gotham Comedy Club last week and could see both of the Clearview Theater buildings down the street and thought about how I had to come in one night for a Chelsea Classics showing. Finding out that the presentations are of store-bought DVD’s would certainly take the bloom off the rose for me.

DavidM on January 28, 2007 at 8:57 pm

Movieguy: Is this true? Is Clearview charging admission, even if it is a reduced one, to watch a DVD at Chelsea Classics?

Movieguy718 on January 28, 2007 at 8:30 pm

DAVID: DVDs. It ain’t pretty.

DavidM on January 27, 2007 at 3:34 am

When I look at the listings for the Chelsea Classics series, every listing states, “Presented in Digital Format”. Have they made digital prints of all these old titles? I shudder to think about what this MAY mean. Anyone have a theory?

zindarella on December 22, 2006 at 6:22 am

The interactive screening of “Mommie Dearest” was a transformational experience…..

It was just hysterically funny, and Hedda Lettuce’s comments were priceless. There is no feeling greater than sitting in a movie theater filled with Gay men (and a lesbian or two) laughing at a campy movie – with commentary by a drag queen! This is why I’ll just never leave New York!

William on December 6, 2006 at 3:17 pm

Most likely the print that hardtop saw of “Harriett Craig” was 35mm, but it’s 1.37 ratio being shown in 1.85 ratio. So that why the heads were cut-off.

ridethectrain on December 6, 2006 at 2:14 pm

Do you know the new seating capcity of each screen

Movieguy718 on May 24, 2006 at 10:06 pm

I’ll give Clearview a brownie point for trying, but the “renovations” are completely superficial. New seats, carpeting and candy stands… they slapped some paint on the walls and hung some drapes in the auditoriums (they did not even remove the old curtains – look up above the screen and u can see ‘em!) Same old screens and sound systems. Some improvement. Pffffffffffff

hardbop on April 28, 2006 at 6:53 am

I went down to the “Hedda Lettuce” screening last night to catch “Harriett Craig” on the big screen. The ‘plex, as noted above, is undergoing renovations so they moved the screening from the first floor to the second floor and the screening was packed. I guess Joan Crawford is a big draw for the Chelsea Boys and is rightly a camp icon.

What was interesting is that the fifth anniversary of this weekly screening series occurs next week and they are having an “interactive” screening of “Mommie Dearest” next week and are moving it to the Chelsea West Cinemas because they are expecting a huge crowd.

I only started going to films in this series last year; I hadn’t known anything about it. But before the show the Clearview guy said they thought the series would last only a couple of months, but due to the fact that it is well attended it has lasted five years. In fact, the Clearview guy said the Hedda Lettuce screening on Thursday outdraws the rest of the complex combined for a Thursday.

My only quibble is that they don’t project the films properly. Last night the aspect ratio of HC was off so you would see Joan Crawford of Wendell Crawford with their heads cut off mid forehead. The print was also beat up and I wonder if it was 16MM, but I’m not sure. I assume Clearview doesn’t have 16MM projection facilities.

LuisV on April 26, 2006 at 8:16 am

Thanks for the update! I can’t wait to see the changes for myself! They were sorely needed. I agree about how Chelsea Cinemas was practically revolutionary when it opened. I loved going there, but over the years it has aged terribly and the new theaters on 34th and 42nd St.’s were vastly superior. They have a great location on 23rd. They need to capitalize on it. The market is there!