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br91975 commented about Non-Digital marquees in NYC on Nov 3, 2008 at 8:29 am

Off the top of my head, here’s what I think is a relatively complete list of the non-digital cinema marquees in Manhattan:

  • REG Battery Park Stadium 11
  • Film Forum
  • Landmark’s Sunshine Cinema
  • Angelika Film Center
  • IFC Center
  • City Cinemas Village East Cinemas
  • AMC Loews Village 7
  • AMC Loews 19th Street East 6
  • Clearview 62nd & Broadway Cinema
  • Lincoln Plaza Cinemas
  • Coliseum Cinemas
  • Clearview 1st & 62nd Street Cinemas
  • City Cinemas Cinema 1, 2, 3
  • United Artists 64th & 2nd
  • Beekman Theatre (the former NY Twin One & Two, not the original Beekman Theatre, formerly located diagonally across 2nd Avenue, between 65th and 66th Streets)
  • AMC Loews 72nd Street East 1
  • United Artists East 85th Street
  • AMC Loews Orpheum 7
  • City Cinemas East 86th Street Cinemas
br91975 commented about Beekman Theatre on Oct 22, 2008 at 6:23 am

The newly-rechristened Beekman Theatre is re-opening this Friday as an independent, with ‘What Just Happened’ showing on one screen, and a split admission of ‘Elegy’ and ‘Tell No One’ on the other. Coming attractions include ‘Zack & Miri Make a Porno’, opening next Friday, the 31st, and ‘A Christmas Tale’ on November 21st. In addition, free popcorn will be given to the first 100 patrons each day this weekend (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday).

Also, the new website of the Beekman Theatre:

br91975 commented about Beekman Theatre on Oct 9, 2008 at 8:01 am

A quick, interim update on the Beekman/NY One and Two… I stopped by last night and the blue-and-red NY1 and NY2 carpeting has been laid upon the steps which lead down to each theatre’s lobby. Either Solow had extra carpeting manufactured or had some additional supply previously stashed away. As promised, I’ll make an effort to find out soon any information about a re-opening date and who the operator will be.

br91975 commented about Beekman Theatre on Oct 8, 2008 at 1:39 pm

Thanks for the clarification, Dave, and the additional information. I’ll try to stop by the theatre sometime this week and next and find out when it’ll be re-opening and who’ll be operating it.

br91975 commented about Beekman Theatre on Oct 8, 2008 at 10:42 am

The Beekman/NY One and Two is about to awaken from its year-plus slumber! I walked by yesterday afternoon and there were men inside, working in the lobby. Outside, in the entrance court area, there were several pieces of cut carpet in a pile, the carpet designed similar to that found at The Paris on 58th Street – royal blue in color, with a red, cursive ‘NY2’ design throughout. I’m guessing the theatre will be run as an independent – perhaps booked and managed by the person who operates The Paris (as both buildings are owned by real estate developer Sheldon Solow) – but I can’t speak to this…

br91975 commented about Esquire Theatre on Jul 5, 2008 at 10:41 am

Excellent idea, Tim; it might be worth pitching it to Mark Cuban, owner of Landmark Theatres: He responds to every e-mail he receives and will at least give you a thumbs-up or a thumbs-down.

br91975 commented about RKO Madison Theatre on Jun 17, 2008 at 12:05 pm

Thanks for researching and posting that photo, Warren.

I second your sentiments from 11:24 this morning, Bway. The Madison must have been a stunning theatre; what a shame it no longer exists in all its beauty and detail.

br91975 commented about Fortway Theatre on Jun 17, 2008 at 11:59 am

How much of the original architecture remained – in the auditorium and throughout the theatre – after the multiplexing and until the Fortway closed in 2005?

br91975 commented about Marboro Theatre on Jun 10, 2008 at 8:09 am

It does, Bway. I’ve noticed photos and comments from this site (including some of mine), pulled (and, in terms of comments, entirely verbatim) and posted on other websites; some people can’t be bothered to give credit where it’s due.

br91975 commented about Allerton Theatre on Jun 5, 2008 at 9:59 am

Thank you for that information, bx11211; is the Payless Shoe Store still there? Has the theatre structure behind the stores been converted for other uses?

br91975 commented about Cine Capri Theatre on Jun 5, 2008 at 9:55 am

Can anyone confirm what was built on the site of the Cine Capri? I just ran a search on Google Maps and it looks as if one large building (retail, perhaps?) was constructed on the site.

br91975 commented about Allerton Theatre on Jun 5, 2008 at 9:37 am

I’m trying to imagine, from the July 29, 1982 certficate of occupancy Lost Memory cited in his post from this past May 3rd (great research, as always, on the behalf of LM) and based on the seating capacities in 1979 and 1982 – and presuming the Allerton had a balcony, what the division from a twin to a triplex must have been…

br91975 commented about NYIT Auditorium on May 27, 2008 at 8:57 am

I suspect Clearview is locked into a long-term lease the landlord won’t allow them to terminate.

This theatre really hasn’t had any sustainable ‘oomph’ to it since the three-year disagreement between Fox and Loews Theatres over Manhattan booking terms ended in 2002, and lost a lot of its strength previously when the Loews Lincoln Square opened in November of 1994. During the Fox-Loews discord, it was the beneficiary of being the sole UWS venue (save for the Metro at Broadway & 99th and the Olympia at Broadway & 107th) for Fox product, but, since then, it’s just kind of hung on (much as the former Clearview 59th Street East Cinema did in its final years).

I went there for the first time in over nine years last December and was struck by its lack of charm; the auditorium itself felt more akin to a medium-sized, uni-leveled lecture hall, with curtainless, mostly white walls, save only for some moderate decor from the venue’s Cineplex Odeon days. The lack of character could have been overlooked when this was a popular theatre, but, at current, it’s obvious and depressing.

br91975 commented about M Park 4 Theatre on May 20, 2008 at 8:39 am

The Wilshire Galleria was built within a former I. Magnin Department Store (circa 1939); many of the key architectural details have been retained. The M Park 4 Theatre is located on the third floor.

br91975 commented about Where to see Indiana Jones? on May 12, 2008 at 12:33 pm

Indy 4 has been booked into the Regal EWalk Stadium 13 in Times Square.

br91975 commented about Where to see Indiana Jones? on Apr 8, 2008 at 4:03 pm

I don’t think we (or anyone else, for that matter) can influence what specific theatres Indy 4 is booked into, as those agreements between theatre chains/owners and distributors are commonly made months in advance.

Here in NYC, along with the Ziegfeld, Indy 4 has been booked into the Village East Cinemas, the AMC Loews 19th Street East 6, the AMC Loews Orpheum 7, the AMC Loews Kips Bay 15, the AMC Loews 34th Street 14, Clearview Cinemas' First and 62nd Street Cinemas, Regal Cinemas Battery Park Stadium 11, the Magic Johnson Harlem 9, and the Coliseum Cinemas, as well as, I believe, the Upper West Side triumverate of the Clearview Cinema at 62nd and Broadway, the AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13, and the AMC Loews 84th Street 6.

br91975 commented about Ridgewood Theatre on Mar 17, 2008 at 10:51 am

Make that ‘changing as regularly in recent months’…

br91975 commented about Ridgewood Theatre on Mar 17, 2008 at 10:49 am

I had a feeling the Ridgewood would be closing soon, too, based on the bookings not changing with as much regularly in recent months. The same is true with the Jackson Triplex (even though they are currently showing three major releases early in their runs – ‘Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who', ‘Never Back Down’, and ‘10,000 BC’), so we may need to watch out for that theatre as well…

br91975 commented about Regal to possibly end newspaper listings on Mar 17, 2008 at 10:26 am

Yet another twitch in the death rattle of the U.S. newspaper industry…

br91975 commented about Looking for LA Conservancy - Broadway Historic Theatres Walking Tour Ticket for Saturday, May 3rd on Mar 15, 2008 at 10:27 am

Thank you for the advice, Michael. I e-mailed them yesterday; fingers crossed…

br91975 commented about NuWilshire Theatre on Mar 14, 2008 at 1:34 pm

Nothing good, I’d guess, Nushboy07, but I hope I’m wrong…

br91975 commented about Cinepolis Chelsea Cinemas on Mar 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…

br91975 commented about Stoneham Theatre on Mar 14, 2008 at 10:45 am

I trust Ian as well. I passed by the Stoneham Cinema once, in the summer of 1987; ‘Spaceballs’ and ‘The Witches of Eastwick’ were the titles on the roadside marquee. I’m sure any hint of the space the cinema occupied within the shopping plaza building disappeared long ago.

br91975 commented about Laemmle Playhouse 7 on Feb 13, 2008 at 7:42 am

The Laemmle Playhouse 7, which was built from scratch, silverquill, opened in December of 2000, sometime around the middle of the month.

br91975 commented about S.V.A. Theatre on Feb 13, 2008 at 6:42 am

Will the SVA operate the Chelsea West as a traditional cinema or as one more geared towards special events and programming?