Visual Arts Theatre

333 West 23rd Street,
New York, NY 10011

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br91975 on April 23, 2004 at 7:31 pm

Cineplex Odeon reopened this house as the Chelsea West in December of 1996 (to answer your question, Robert, this was a Walter Reade house – that is, until they were bought out by Cineplex Odeon in 1987). One of the first features shown post-renovation in December of 1996 was ‘The People Vs. Larry Flynt’ and, as touted in an ad in the Times, management was serving free coffee to folks who attended the morning show during the first few days of its run. A fresh, hot cup of brew and a porn king/First Amendment martyr? Not a connection I’d automatically make, but hey… :–)

SethLewis on March 13, 2004 at 2:40 am

After the Roundabout days, Walter Reade triplexed it as the 23rd St West…Cineplex kept the name until they redid it and twinned it…It was a grotty but fun neigborhood house…saw The Fourth War with Roy Scheider in 1989 there

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on March 12, 2004 at 2:04 pm

RKO built this theatre as a replacement for its previous 23rd Street Theatre, which faced on Eighth Avenue and was originally an old music hall or opera house that RKO converted and modernized for movies. That RKO 23rd Street was destroyed in a fire, if I recall correctly. The new RKO 23rd Street was never successful and was converted into a playhouse by the Roundabout Theater, which eventually moved elsewhere.

RobertR on March 12, 2004 at 11:03 am

This was originally RKO 23 ST, did Walter Reade also have it at one time? They might have been the ones to triplex it. I know Cineplex remodeled it and made it a twin shortly before the merger with Loews. They gave this theatre up to Clearview shortly after.

pswgoldberg on November 5, 2003 at 10:59 am

This theater was where the Roundabout Theater performed its plays for a number of years. Then it reopened as a Triplex before being twinned with one theater having a fairly large screen.