New Metro Twin

2626 Broadway,
New York, NY 10025

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faberfranz
faberfranz on January 5, 2006 at 7:28 pm

“I went past the Metro and there was a sign saying it was open. Now I didnt actually go in and check. I was on the 104 heading down to Times Square after lunch at Tom’s Diner."
posted by hdtv267 on Jan 3, 2006 at 5:40am

Oh, THAT sign. That sign went up months ago so people seeing the adjacent construction scaffolding (hiding the marquee from some viewpoints) would be reassured that it was still open. Nobody bothered to climb up to tear it down when it after the theater closed.

It’s not uncommon to see closed stores along Broadway (abandoned when the landlord tried to squeeze out a few thousand dollars too much) with an “OPEN” sign still on display in the doorway.

I agree: with a good choice of films, the Metro could do well. Good potential audience in the neighborhood, and easily accessible from other neighborhoods (Broadway IRT to 96th street, M-104 bus, M-96 crosstown bus, etc.).

Astyanax
Astyanax on January 3, 2006 at 8:48 am

After all the effort it would be sad to see this site disappear. I agree with RobertR that Landmark would make an excellent choice. They’ve consistently brought in top films to the downtown Sunshine such as “2046”, “Murderball” & “Howling Castle”. The Quad is another example of skilled niche programming. Not all arthouse films can get showcased at the Lincoln Plaza Cinemas. The upper West Side should be able to support an arthouse twin, if the formula for product and advertising is right.

RobertR
RobertR on January 2, 2006 at 2:28 pm

This would be a good location for Landmark and they would get the product.

PeterApruzzese
PeterApruzzese on January 2, 2006 at 12:55 pm

The theatre is closed and Albert Bialek, the landlord, is searching for a new tenant to replace Mr. Elson.

baraf
baraf on January 2, 2006 at 12:52 pm

The telephone doesn’t answer.

The website doesn’t work.

The theatre is dark.

There is nothing on the marquee.

Although there has been little or no publicity it would appear that the theatre is closed.

If that is incorrect then Mr. Elson should let us know what is happened.

We all care and are concerned.

Mikeoaklandpark
Mikeoaklandpark on December 27, 2005 at 12:44 am

So is this theater closed again?

faberfranz
faberfranz on December 26, 2005 at 8:07 pm

I’m wondering what you mean by “a few days ago”. Windows fronting on the sidewalk have been well-lighted but empty for a couple of weeks, I think. I stopped by late tonight to peer through the gate into the mostly-dark foyer (some old posters barely visible), then as I stood numbly at the ticket-window, I was approached by a “street-person” I’ve talked with before (last summer, at a sidewalk book-vendor’s table). She said “They’re going to show a movie next week”.

As for Thalia: films “already out 1 year +” is fine by me; it’s not likely I’ve seen them. Thalia (and/or the Metro) might do well to show films shown 5-10-20-30 years “out”, mixed with films NEVER “out”, i.e. some of those festival gems that somehow don’t seem profitable enough to distribute to “all the usual places”.

cineaste
cineaste on December 25, 2005 at 10:48 am

I live in the neighborhood and enjoyed having the Metro so close by; I frequent “art films” but some of their selections were fairly obscure, and I often wondered how they could stay afloat when even on weekend evening screenings, I was seldom one of more than a dozen in the audience.

A sign in the window a few days ago promised to show Woody Allen’s “Match Point” soon, but this seems very unlikely. If they can manage to stay open under same or new management, I will keep coming. It would be a terrible shame to lose another unique moviehouse (and the Thalia is not a consolation: great as they are, they offer generally very old news— films already out 1 year+.)

dave-bronx™
dave-bronx™ on December 13, 2005 at 9:54 pm

Yes, and it’s already been used as a playhouse by Roundabout, and not need as much modification.

RobertR
RobertR on December 13, 2005 at 4:52 pm

What about the Gramercy? I think it’s for rent.

hourglass
hourglass on December 13, 2005 at 4:08 pm

Do you think that the owners would rent for a theatrical production? We are continuing to look for a venue for our summer production of “Trouble in Paradise”…

mtiru
mtiru on December 3, 2005 at 10:18 am

I visited the old Metro theater many times before the new management. However I always ran into scheduling bumps with the current releases. Films would come and go from week to week (Mirrormask, Elle Parker) while others would run for 3-4 weeks and make the cinema seem like it only kept the same features.

Recently I had scheduled to go see a film, in mid-November, but the theater was being rented out for a film shoot.

Nearby construction really negatively impacted this theater. Going to a screening during the day… with jackhammers pounding next door… not particularly enjoyable.

I really hope someone picks up the theater. I think the combination of a handful of mainstream shows + selective independent films will make this a great theater again.

The concessions facilities were excellent and the staff was also pretty pleasant so I hope those folks land on their feet.

hardbop
hardbop on December 2, 2005 at 7:57 am

I noticed in today’s Times that the New Metro isn’t listed so I turned to this site and sure enough.

I had only been to the Metro once — way back in the mid 1980s — until recently when I caught three films there to take advantage of $7 bargain prices. Most recently I caught “Ellie Parker” there on a weekday afternoon and there was one other person there. Like I wrote above, I was the sole patron for “Going Shopping.” And the other film I caught there — “The Dying Gaul” — was on a Saturday afternoon and despite the bargain $7 price, there were less than 10 people there.

I enjoyed going to the New Metro. It is a throwback cinema with character. When you patronize a place like the New Metro you realize how soulless the new multiplexes are despite the big screens, stadium seating and cupholders.

baraf
baraf on December 2, 2005 at 6:31 am

I concluded yesterday that since there is no listed, the website is done and the phones don’t work that the Elson/Embassy management has closed the theatre.

The pictures that they were able to get or chose were simply not very appealing.

This is a good venue and someone that is creative and prepared to hang in there for a reasonable period can probably turn it around.

This is one of the last neighborhood theatres and it’s worth saving.

The closing raises the question of whether they will refund the multiple admission tickets or whether buyers will find themselves making claims in Bankruptcy Court.

Donald Baraf

RobertR
RobertR on November 30, 2005 at 3:50 pm

I hate to see this close. Dan Talbot would be able to get good bookings here since he already books Lincoln Plaza.

br91975
br91975 on November 30, 2005 at 3:32 pm

That appears to be the case, Howard, as both their telephone recording has been turned off and their listing in today’s NY Post Movie Clock advises potential guests to call the theatre for showtimes. Meanwhile, the New Metro Twin website for several weeks made mention that ‘The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, & the Wardrobe’ was scheduled to open there on December 9th, but, sometime last week, that announcement had been removed. I suspect all that evidence points to Peter Elson having given up the fight, not that the Metro had a fighting chance under his management…

HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on November 30, 2005 at 3:04 pm

Official website not working & can’t find a film listing on another website. Did it close?

hardbop
hardbop on October 31, 2005 at 8:48 am

I made my first visit to the Metro in at least 20 years last week. It was only the second film I’ve seen there. Back in the 80’s I caught BREATHLESS there for the first time.

In any event, hard as this is to believe it was even less crowded when I was there than when Jeff Vandam, the Times reporter, visited. I was the sole patron for last Monday’s noon showing of Henry Jaglom’s GOING SHOPPING, which is playing exclusively at the Metro after lasting five days at the Angelika. Down at the Angelika they didn’t even wait until the Friday after GS opened to change the film; I was out of there after five days.

In any event, the Metro does retain a certain charm, especially when you compare it to the soulless multi-plexes. The first time I went I must have been in the other there because I don’t remember the seats being that steep in the cinema in which I watched GS. It reminded me a bit of those upstairs theatres in the old Embassy in Times Square.

The price is right because I think I paid only $7.50 or so and even at full price, evenings/weekends, the Metro is still a couple of dollars cheaper than the other Manhattan theatres. They also sell booklets of discount tickets.

And Lord is there construction up near the Metro, which is a free-standing building. Literally next door they are building some sort of apartment building. And there is a hole in the ground directly across the street so you know another banal apartment building is going up as the obliteration of the New York City we know continues.

faberfranz
faberfranz on October 8, 2005 at 3:47 pm

I have to admit that I haven’t been inside for several years, after enjoying it through several phases, including its porn period(s); but on the other hand I haven’t been going to other movie theaters (except Thalia a year or so ago).

I think this is an excellent idea:
“…Only four blocks away, at Broadway and 95th Street, is the Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theater, part of the renovated Symphony Space complex. Isaiah Sheffer, the artistic director of Symphony Space, said the reborn Metro would be complementary rather than competitive. He wished Mr. Elson well and even imagines the Thalia and Metro cross-promoting one another’s offerings, a prospect that interests Mr. Elson, too…”

Exterior has landmark status, but interior—?!? Might it become a lobby for the high-rise (and I do mean HIGH-rise) to be built adjacent to it?

[Perhaps people noticed the front-paged news of a scaffolding collapse during Gristedes demolition across the street, a few months ago. Part of the same operation: one building to be 27 stories? the other 31? Up until now, “high-rise” in this neighborhood meant 15 stories. One of those Cheney-related corporations: revenge against the USW?]

P.S. I almost didn’t find this entry because I was searching for “Metro” (current name) and for “Midtown” (earlier name).

P.P.S. Why “midtown”? obviously, because about mid-way between where the numbered streets begin and where they end. Approximately. (North or south of them: terra incognita.)

Forrest136
Forrest136 on September 5, 2005 at 5:33 am

I guess another theatre will be gone soon! Lets not hope so!

br91975
br91975 on September 5, 2005 at 4:40 am

When the Metro first re-opened, one of the selling points of the management of the theatre by Peter Elson were his ‘connections’ within the film exhibition industry. Question is, what kind of ‘connections’ does Elson have? Just look at some of the highlights of the current slate of art-house films currently in exhibition around the city: ‘The Aristocrats’, ‘Broken Flowers’, ‘The Constant Gardener’, ‘Grizzly Man’, ‘Junebug’, ‘Me and You and Everyone We Know’, and ‘2046’; if Elson truly had meaningful contacts of note, wouldn’t he have been able to book at least one of those films into the Metro?

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on September 5, 2005 at 4:13 am

A story in the City Section of The New York Times (9/4/05) said that the Metro will likely close by the end of the year if attendance doesn’t improve substantially. A local resident was quoted: “Many of the movies at the Metro are so obscure that there is virtually no audience for them.” Owner-operator Peter Elson said: “We really have tried. It’s been disappointing. They want to have a theater, but they don’t want to support it.” A 2PM screening of “King of the Corner” attracted only four people while reporter Jeff Vandam was visiting the theatre.

RobertR
RobertR on July 4, 2005 at 1:07 pm

In it’s Midtown days it played “Woodstock” on it’s Oscar re-issue.
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savethesutton
savethesutton on February 26, 2005 at 8:35 pm

How’s seeing a movie here? Nice to see a classic theater taken car of.

Shade
Shade on January 17, 2005 at 6:42 pm

FIRST REPORT:

Okay, haven’t seen a movie yet, but I walked up today to have a look. I was only able to have a peek at Theater 2 on the right, the main auditorium of the original theater. The statues are still there. It looked like all the seats had been replaced. There is a curtain that rises over the screen. The screen is much larger than the previous one. It looked like some painting had been done, and some carpeting had been replaced.

Sadly, the cool old-style Ladies and Gentleman hanging bathroom signs are gone. They merely have common block-people flat plastic signs to distinguish between the sexes.

The concession menu signs have been taken down so the flourescents usually highlighting the popcorn prices are a bit coldly claring. They have printed pieces of paper with the menu items at the concession counter. I was told they’re still renovating.

The four cool 3-D Coming Soon movie poster cases are there. The ceiling tiles are there inside and out.

The marquee is lit up, the lobby pillars are lit up, but the neon METRO sign over the pillars was not lit. I asked about it but the high schoolers earning their bubblegum money were clueless about all these details I was interested in.

At the minimum, I’m happy with what I’ve seen so far. I do miss the restroom signs, but I’d rather merely miss those, than miss the chance to enter through this funky lobby and see a film in what seems to be an okay theater. It also looked like a new sound system had been set up.

I’m checking their website weekly for a film I want to see. It looked like they might be getting the Danish film The Green Butchers as a moveover from Cinema Village but now they’re reporting two other films on their website. I hope to catch something soon. Although programming is bizarre at the moment, this kind of theater is very rare now in Manhattan and boy, that massive marquee stretching out over the entire sidewalk to the street is pretty nice. Especially as it’s not a digital readerboard.

I wouldn’t mind seeing nice maroon vests or something on the crew there. It was hard to tell who was working there and who was seeing a movie.