Beekman Theatre

1271 2nd Avenue,
New York, NY 10065

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br91975 on July 12, 2005 at 6:14 am

Speaking of the re-naming, I’d suspect it’s on hold until the renovation work has been completed.

br91975 on July 12, 2005 at 6:13 am

Thanks for that info, Dave. I wonder what, if any fixtures, are being moved over from the Beekman, including, maybe possibly, the seats? No matter what work is done – and despite Clearview’s best efforts – there’s no replacing its (soon-to-be) namesake across the street.

dave-bronx™ on July 1, 2005 at 11:09 pm

After I was done snooping around the Beekman tonight, I also stopped over here at the New York Twin. It is undergoing some kind of renovation – there are new light fixtures being installed outside the entry, with all the cables hanging out of the ceiling. Only the ONE side looks as if it is the only way inside. The TWO side has the stairs and escalator boarded over, and the windows are covered with brown paper. In the ONE entry, there is a sign from Clearview saying pardon our dust, changes are being made, but the only thing mentioned specifically is the installation of new seats. The seats that were there were only about 7 years old.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on July 1, 2005 at 4:21 pm

From the 1978 Loews Corporation annual report:

“In March 1979, the [Theatres] Division opened two new 520-seat theatres in New York City — the Loews New York I and II — located at 66th Street and 2nd Avenue in Manhattan.”

(And yes, I find it odd that a 1978 annual report refers to a March 1979 event in the past tense.)

dave-bronx™ on June 13, 2005 at 2:27 pm

Since Clearview is going to move the Beekman name here from across the street, they should remove the Beekman signatures from the marquee and have them installed here. Those signs are part of what makes the Beekman so beloved, and they are probably the easiest part of the theatre to salvage.

ADAM S. – are you reading this??

ErikH on June 5, 2005 at 4:18 am

According to today’s NY Times, this theater will be renamed the Beekman One and Two following the June 30 closing of the Beekman (I posted the article under the listing for the Beekman). The Times also notes that Clearview plans to do the renaming, which presumably means that Clearview has taken over the operation of this theater.

If the above is accurate, then this listing should be revised to feature the new name.

Mikeoaklandpark on May 15, 2005 at 5:37 am

According th today’s NY Times they showed that they were open. I noticed that it had changed to Clearview but I wasn’t sure if it was a mistake or not. I guess they are trying to butter up the community for the loss of the Beekman.Once the Beekman and Cinema 1,2,3 closes it will be the only theater on the upper east side. It may have been a smart business move for Clearview.

SethLewis on May 14, 2005 at 12:09 am

Reassuring…assume they will rebrand it and reopen it quickly
The East side hasnt lost another theater then

br91975 on May 13, 2005 at 5:32 pm

It’s official – as Dave-Bronx indicated within his first post from this past April 21st, effective today the New York Twin is now officially a Clearview Cinema property. (This also represents Clearview’s first assumption of a movie theatre property in Manhattan since they took over the sites Loews was forced to divest itself of in 1998 as per the clearance of its merger with Cineplex Odeon.)

dave-bronx™ on April 21, 2005 at 11:57 am

Also, aside from Bloomberg’s little townhouse on 59th St btwn 3rd & Lex, there have not been any large-scale projects built in the area that would have the 75,000 sq. ft. needed for a megaplex.

br91975 on April 21, 2005 at 11:26 am

When Loews operated the New York Twin, the bookings consisted of more reliable product and always seemed better coordinated to the neighborhood. (Recently spotted by yours truly in the upstairs street-level entranceway: a banner for the upcoming film ‘Unleashed’; nothing against Jet Li, but the area’s residents hardly strike me as representing a strong percentage of his – or this film’s – core audience.) Who’s to blame for this drop-off in films best suited to the immediate customer or guest base, I’m not sure: Crown, for not being more proactive or competitive in negotiating for bookings or the distributors themselves for not making more (or, in some cases, any) of their releases available to Crown.

To perhaps answer your question, hardbop, about why the UES was bypassed in the recent multi/megaplex building boom, I’ve cut-and-pasted one of dave-bronx' posts on the ImaginAsian Theatre (that subterranean cinema on 59th near 2nd) page on this site:

This block of 59th St was a regular porn alley at one time – this theatre, the Cine Malibu, plus the theatre that would later become the Manhattan Twin, and the Lido East which was on the north side of the street closer to 3rd Ave. were all porno joints. They were the reason that the local community board had the area re-zoned to prohibit any more theatres from being built, and the existing theatres could not add any more square-footage. And I think it also prohibited an existing theatre heavily damaged by some catastrophe from being re-built. They were trying to prevent the area from becoming another 42nd St/8th Ave. I’m not positive but I think that zoning restriction is still in effect.
posted by dave-bronx on Sep 11, 2004 at 2:08am

Hope this helped resolve your query…

hardbop on April 21, 2005 at 10:29 am

I rarely go to this theatre. Most recently I caught Mike Hodges' “I’ll Sleep When I’m dead” last June and James Cox' “Wonderland” back in October of ‘03 when the Crown Cinemas was the last playing it played before heading off to video, or DVD, land.

I agree that this theatre is weird in that the box office is separated from the theatre entrance. It is a weird design because your instinct is to walk toward the theatre and not to the box office, which is tucked away off to one side.

I always wondered why the Upper East Side couldn’t support an art-house like the Lincoln Plaza on the West Side or the Angelika and now Sunshine Theatres downtown. I never go to the Upper East Side and transportation is a problem as only one subway line serves that area. In fact, the multi-plex boom bypassed the Upper East Side altogether.

dave-bronx™ on April 21, 2005 at 9:26 am

Possibly another east side house house bites the dust…

dave-bronx™ on April 21, 2005 at 2:12 am

The above should read – “Arrangements are being made to remove…”
– hey, it’s late and I’m tired.

dave-bronx™ on April 20, 2005 at 11:42 pm

I’m hearing through the grapevine that the New York twin will close by the end of this month. Arrangements are being to remove some of the equipment from the booth, which leads me to believe that the space will no longer be a theatre. However, another scenario that I heard has Clearview relocating here after the Beekman closes. Knowing that landlord, it wouldn’t surprise me if Crown was on a month-to-month agreement for the space, and had a falling out with the beloved Mr. S, who probably invited them to get the hell out.

andyc on March 13, 2005 at 9:19 pm

i worked here and at the loews tower east as an assistant manager (not at the same time) from 1991 till 1996. from a working-there point of view, it seemed like you had to go up and down a lot of staircases to get from the box office to the mngrs office or to get from the managers office to anywhere. it was hard to get customers to go into the correct glass lobby out of the 2 lobbies, separated by a wall, since the customers wouldn’t see the little 2-foot marquees near the ceiling that showed which lobby for which film and the doorman would spend a lot of time pounding on the glass wall separating them for the patrons to come back up several steps of stairs, exit the building, and come back through the lobby that actually led to the right film. on the night they closed in 2002, i happened to be watching gosford park there (wasn’t working for loews anymore) and i was told that the manager had only been notified that very day that the thtr would close that day.
one interesting thing about working at a theater in manhattan, even though it wasn’t a partcularly luxurious theater, since it was/is pretty well located and was a first run house, you would definitely see celebrities not too infrequently on an opening weekend as you would be working there for a lot of that weekend. i think a hyped new movie is a somewhat-rare common denominator that draws both regular people and celebrities. i saw and took the liberty of saying hello to douglas fairbanks jr, anthony quinn, marcello mastroianni, hugh grant and elizabeth hurley, harold prince, e.l. doctorow, michael keaton, and i’m sure others.

sethbook on November 2, 2004 at 10:13 am

I saw “Mean Girls” there most recently. The theatre, when it was a Loews, was often used for preview screenings.

br91975 on October 31, 2004 at 8:40 pm

The Crown New York Twin has also showcased a fair amount of Disney/Touchstone product in recent months, including ‘Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen’ and ‘Raising Helen’. (Continuing in that vein, Disney’s ‘The Incredibles’ is scheduled to open there this upcoming Friday, the 5th.)

br91975 on October 24, 2004 at 9:06 am

As a Crown house, the New York Twin is still booked as a combo art house/general release house, the former consisting mostly of obscure releases and the latter generally being Paramount and Miramax product, along with a notable share of move-overs from other Midtown East sites. (For the record, after the New York Twin closed as a Loews venue in May of 2002, wrapping up with extended runs of ‘Changing Lanes’ and ‘Gosford Park’, it reopened on October 11, 2002 with ‘Below’ and ‘Knockaround Guys’.)

timquan on October 23, 2004 at 10:43 am

I think this cinema opened in early 1979 with ‘Norma Rae’, and it played ‘ET’ in 1982.

dave-bronx™ on October 23, 2004 at 10:11 am

This is another basement cinema, built in about 1978 in a 47 story apartment building designed by Gruzan & Partners. This is a true twin theatre, where the two 400+ seat auditoriums and seperate lobbies and entry vestibules are mirror-images of each other. The box office and entrance are set in a low plaza a dozen steps down from the sidewalk. Going inside, you then went down aanother floor on steps to the lobby, and from the lobby down yet another 8 steps to the auditorium. There was an escalator to come back up to the entrance. Instead of a marquee, there is a pylon sign in the middle of the plaza steps that said ‘Loews New York One Two’. New Yorkers are used to finding theatres with a marquee, and we were always getting calls from people on the corner of 65th St. and 2nd Ave. who could not find the place. As with most theatres of the era the auditoriums are unremarkable, with dark carpet on the walls and low black ceilings. The seperate lobbies, while good for preventing cross-overs, are inadequate for holding a crowd. Loews booked it with a mix of arthouse and general release product. Loews operated it from the beginning until the lease ran out in 2002. For the past couple of years Crown has been running it.

RobertR on October 23, 2004 at 10:04 am

This is one of the few Manhattan theatres that I have never been inside of.