New Metro Twin

2626 Broadway,
New York, NY 10025

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br91975
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?

br91975
br91975 on October 19, 2007 at 7:54 am

I passed by the Metro last night and there was something in Spanish on all three sides of the marquee, with no mentioning of space still being available for lease, leading me to think a Latino restaurant or grocery or clothing store is moving in. When I’m in the neighborhood again this weekend, I’ll write down and later post on this site the words on the marquee, hoping someone can translate them. (Upon first look, from what limited knowledge I have of the Spanish language, there wasn’t any definite indication on what’s moving in, but I might be wrong.) Also, the tarp covering the view from the box office window and the doors were removed; there’s now a sheet of lumber obscuring the view from the box office, but the doors now offer a clear look at the interior of the theatre – it’s been all but gutted to the bare four walls, with a false stage at the front of the former downstairs auditorium, and construction lights throughout.

HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on June 29, 2007 at 6:22 am

If as I think, the exterior is legally protected, then I would hope, and think, that the large circle on the exterior with sculptural reliefs of figures, would be protected.

efriedmann
efriedmann on June 29, 2007 at 6:00 am

My wife and I stumbled upon this theater back in 1999 (she was just my girlfriend at the time) and decided to go in and see THE WHOLE NINE YARDS. That was the only time I went to this theater.

PeterApruzzese
PeterApruzzese on March 15, 2007 at 3:43 am

That’s quite a bit more that it was getting as a theatre – it was asking around $15,000-$20,000 a month plus taxes, IIRC, which was still way too much for it to survive.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on March 15, 2007 at 3:36 am

The property is currently being marketed as a “Unique Marqueed Retail Location,” divided into five stores. The largest will rent for $105,000 per month, and apparently gives the tenant the right to display its logo in the large circle on the frontage. With all five stores rented at the prices asked, the owner would earn $236,875 per month. Here’s a newspaper ad from 3/14/07:
www.i8.photobucket.com/albums/a18/Warrengwhiz/metrostores.jpg

faberfranz
faberfranz on February 11, 2007 at 7:04 pm

When I passed by Saturday afternoon, the entrance was still obscured by the gate and black plastic, but the retail space adjacent was gaping open and this was where workmen were emerging carrying metal debris, apparently from demolishing the lobby and/or the “upstairs” theater. A front-loader or some such machine was where the last row of seats on the ground floor would have been. The lobby was dark, but beyond the machine and what appeared to be part of the supports for the upper theater I could see the ornate interior, with its own lights lighted (in contrast to the forehead lanterns and work-lights barely lighting the debris in the foreground). I tried to get a photo, but exposure was tricky with my “no frills” camera. Don’t know how well pics came out. As I stood there, a guy came up to my elbow and asked “can I help you?” I said, “no.”

Somebody with a better camera and skills might want to get one last photo of what’s left of the interior while it’s still there.

RobertEndres
RobertEndres on January 24, 2007 at 6:15 am

There is an ad in today’s Business section of the New York Times that would appear to be for this property. It has a picture of the marquee with an art deco “Retail” sign on top where the word “Metro” is now. It lists the availability of store front properties as well as two levels of space inside.

pazzah
pazzah on January 19, 2007 at 6:26 am

What puzzles me is why this cinema kept opening and closing again the last few years. Did they have trouble getting butts on seats? Were they doing something wrong? Why couldn’t they make a success of it?

faberfranz
faberfranz on December 23, 2006 at 1:19 pm

I’ve tried to peek around the edges of the black sheet, but can’t see beyond it. I suspect it’s there to hide the gutting of the interior. If that’s what they’re doing, they’re sneaking the rubble out through the adjacent construction site; gate over theater entrance stays closed.

vandeman
vandeman on December 23, 2006 at 5:22 am

The Metro was closed when Extel Corp began building its two ugly glass midtown office building condos next door and across the street. While it was saved from demolition during construction as part of the deal that allowed Extel to build these buildings twice as high as any other building in the neighborhood, it is now for lease, and will no doubt become a Home Depot or Wal-Mart. So glad we “saved” it!

br91975
br91975 on November 16, 2006 at 8:26 am

I walked by last night and the marquee was illuminated… not to tout new movies or a grand re-opening as of yet (at least for now), but to broadcast to interested passersby the availability of 15,000 square feet for lease, being offered by Robert K. Futterman. The exterior one-sheet display cases, as they have been for months, were also lit up, while the entrance doors were covered from the inside by a black tarp. Let’s hope, as shaky a proposition as it currently is, that someone swoops in, realizes its possibilities, and reopens it as a cinema.

RobertR
RobertR on September 21, 2006 at 11:13 am

Anything going on here yet?

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on August 28, 2006 at 10:10 am

Some ads from the Midtown XXX years –
Sylvia – Daily News 1/25/78
Sweet Paradise – NY Post 12/11/80
Neighborhood Guide – NY Post 3/9/82 (near the end of its porn days)

Talbot/New York Cinemas –
Neighborhood Guide – NY Post 1/29/86
True Stories – NY Times 10/27/86
Block Ad – NY Times 10/27/86

Looks like Talbot may have started to program first run here towards the end of ‘86. At least for the “True Stories” and “Blue Velvet” engagements in October. Also interesting that I found only one of the screens advertised in the movie clock and Neighborhood Guide earlier in the year when the Metro was in revival mode.

Also occurs to me that the theater was listed and advertised as “Midtown 99th St” in its porn days, so perhaps this should be an AKA listed above.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 8, 2006 at 5:49 am

I don’t know if you have seen this site before, but this website has photos and alot of background on this theater.

PaulLD1
PaulLD1 on July 8, 2006 at 12:36 am

To Jodar: Yes.

RobertR
RobertR on April 24, 2006 at 1:56 am

I wish this would become a Sundance house.

PeterApruzzese
PeterApruzzese on March 15, 2006 at 3:46 am

From what I’ve heard, the Metro will most likely not reopen as a theatre.

RobertR
RobertR on March 15, 2006 at 2:08 am

Any news on whats happening here?

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on March 1, 2006 at 4:34 pm

Here is another photo of the Metro.

JodarMovieFan
JodarMovieFan on January 24, 2006 at 4:07 pm

This movie theater’s exterior reminds me of the opening scenes of Janet Jackon “Lets Wait Awhile” video, did they shoot those here?

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on January 24, 2006 at 11:11 am

That’s right. The Marx Bros. flick was “Duck Soup” and the scene Woody is watching is the musical number the entire cast sings about going to war… “Oh Freedonia, Oh don’t you cry for me…”

I love Woody’s films… I just wish he would get more involved in the efforts to preserve the neighborhood theaters and revival houses that have lent their character to his movies over the years.

RobertR
RobertR on January 24, 2006 at 10:22 am

This is a damn shame that the theatre business can’t support a place like this in Manhattan.

jbels
jbels on January 24, 2006 at 9:06 am

Tilly, Woody Allen goes into the Metro in Hannah and Her Sisters to watch the Marx Brothers (though he is so despondent at that point he states “I didn’t even know what was playing”)