City Cinemas Village East

181 2nd Avenue,
New York, NY 10003

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dave-bronx™ on May 21, 2008 at 12:08 am

The following is from the homepage of the Reading Int'l website, here where they describe their business and objectives (note, in particular, the final sentence of the last paragraph below):

Reading International, Inc (AMEX: RDI) is in the business of owning and operating cinemas and live theaters and developing, owning and operating real estate assets. Our business consists primarily of

  • the development, ownership and operation of cinemas in the United States, Australia and New Zealand, principally under the Reading Cinemas, Angelika Film Center, City Cinemas and Rialto names;

  • the development, ownership and operation of commercial real estate in Australia, New Zealand and the United States, including entertainment-themed retail centers (“ETRC”) in Australia and New Zealand and

  • the ownership and leasing to production companies through Liberty Theaters, Inc. of “Off Broadway” style live theaters in Manhattan and Chicago

We are different from most other cinema companies due to our real property emphasis. Calculated based on book value nearly 70% of our assets relates to our real estate activities. While most of our cash flow is currently derived from cinemas, our present business plan is to reinvest that cash flow principally in real estate assets, and to be opportunistic in terms of the acquisition and development of additional entertainment properties. Unlike other cinema companies, we are not compelled to continue and redevelop our cinema assets, where higher and better uses become available for such properties.

RobertR on May 20, 2008 at 1:56 pm

The lowlifes at City Cinemas are at it again destroying another theatre facade so they sell off the building.

edblank on May 20, 2008 at 4:18 am

Starting June 17, 1969, when this theater was called the Eden, it hosted a long pre-Broadway-area engagement of “Oh! Calcutta.” – Ed Blank

dave-bronx™ on May 17, 2008 at 3:29 am

Wow! I just looked at the heading for this theatre. I don’t believe there is another theatre on the whole CT site that has as many aka names as this one…

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on May 17, 2008 at 2:50 am

Does anyone know which years this operated as the Stuyvesant and whether it showed movies as that?

aarfeld on April 24, 2008 at 5:43 am

After Bill Graham closed the Fillmore East a couple of other owners tried to revive it as a concert hall for Rock music, but they apparently lacked his skills as a promoter. At first it was renamed the N.F.E. Theater (late ‘71 or '72), much to Graham’s irritation. There is a photo on the Lowes Comodore page of the old F.E as the Village East in '73, when the Dolls might have played there. I don’t know how long it operated as such but one witness says he personally saw the theater abandoned with homeless people living in it by '76. A sad end for the Carnige Hall of Rock concerts.

br91975 on January 16, 2008 at 2:27 pm

They were doing some kind of exterior work, Dave (the main entrance door at the far left is or was papered with all kinds of city permits), but it wasn’t – and isn’t – entirely clear what the work was.

TompkinsSquare on January 14, 2008 at 3:45 pm

This is a crummy theater. Even in the main auditorium, the projection quality is bad and the sound system is awful. As for the small screens — they’re so small you might as well stay at home and download the trailer to your iPod

dave-bronx™ on January 3, 2008 at 2:32 am

What is happening with the exterior above the street level in that photo? What’s with those white lines?

woody on December 18, 2007 at 10:36 pm

photos of the exterior (nightime) and main screen when i saw “scenes from a mall” there in 1991
other films on the marquee The Field, Superstar Andy Warhol, Sleazy Uncle

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on October 15, 2007 at 2:06 am

Bob… take a look at my post back on August 15, 2006, where I linked to a vintage November 1963 ad that ran in the LI Star Journal for “This Was Burlesque.” The theatre was called the Casino East at that time. Admissions were $1 and $2!

To the editors: That same post of mine lists a number of AKA’s for this theatre that should be considered for inclusion at the top of the page. I’m not sure if ALL of the names listed were in use while the theatre ran motion pictures, but some of them definitely were (Entermedia, is an example).

bobmarshall on October 14, 2007 at 11:05 pm

In 1964, I saw Ann Corio’s “This Was Burlesque” here, but can’t remember the name of the theater at the time. In the early 80’s I saw a short-lived musical version of Potak’s “The Chosen” starring George Hearn here, which had a fantastic set, featuring a bridge that jetted right out into the orchestra. I believe it was then called the Second Avenue Theatre. It was an off-Broadway house with a Broadway feel.

carrybagman on August 20, 2007 at 6:06 pm

I hate to slag a theater showing such good films (I just saw Rescue Dawn there), but the projection last night was off the screen by about six inches (so that the subtitle telling the date and place of the action was cut off, and you could see the projection on the wall to the right of the screen and above it), and when I got up and asked the manager to fix it (more than once), he said he looked at it, and that there was no loss of image, and that he was a “licensed projectionist”. It’s experiences like this that make a man stay home and watch dvds!

EduardoSuave on August 20, 2007 at 2:30 pm

I remember seeing a Saturday matinee of the original production of Grease here when it was the Eden, back in early May 1972. (I also remember it was the day of the Kentucky Derby.)

I moved to a building just a couple of blocks away in 1988, and I remember the place being closed for a time while they rehabbed it as the Village East. It reopened in at least 1989 — not 1991 — because I remember Tango & Cash, a 1989 film, being on the marquee. The only movie I remember actually seeing there was The Hand that Rocks the Cradle. The Loews a block to the west usually had more desirable films.

efriedmann on June 4, 2007 at 3:09 pm

This is the only movie theater I ever saw a traditional midnight showing of THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW.

Bwayniteowl on May 29, 2007 at 4:48 pm

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Once Upon a Mattress was first written as a shorter play at the Tamiment adult summer camp resort. The play was later expanded for the Broadway stage. Initial reviews of the play were mixed, but critics and actors alike were surprised by the show’s enduring popularity.
Once Upon a Mattress is a popular choice for high school drama programs and community theatre groups.
The original production opened in May 1959 at the off-Broadway Phoenix Theatre (now closed, located on the lower East Side) and then transferred to several Broadway theaters, finally playing at the St. James Theatre, for a total run of 460 performances.

shoeshoe14 on November 28, 2006 at 11:36 pm

I saw Tenacious D there last night. The box office is outside. The lobby isn’t really ornate, kind of plain except for some nice decor on the ceiling. Saw the movie in theater 6 downstairs, near a small snack stand. Our theater fit 187 people but at 5:30 there were 6 people there. Seats were comfortable. There’s a great cushioned bench/couch out in the hallway. They have student discounts on Tuesdays.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on August 15, 2006 at 2:48 pm

Another photograph I took, this one is from July 2003:

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on August 15, 2006 at 1:56 pm

A photograph I took of the Village East Cinemas in May 2006:

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on August 15, 2006 at 1:07 pm

Here’s an ad from 1963 as the Casino East Theater:
Ann Corio in This was Burlesque – LI Star Journal 11/23/63

Going back over the posts here, it looks like we should add a few more AKA names to this listing, including Eden, Casino East, Gayety, Entermedia, 12th Street Cinemas and Second Avenue.

GWaterman on June 5, 2006 at 3:06 pm

While this theatre was still known as the Entermedia, it was a house for Off-Broadway theatre performances, particularly those that were Broadway try-out shows. It was the debut house for “Best Little Whorehouse in Texas,” (1977) and “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.” (1982)

Here is a link from the Lortel Archives, a database for Off-Broadway:

View link

It has a note saying the theatre was also known as the Stuyvesant, the Phoenix, and the Eden.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on June 1, 2006 at 3:45 pm

Here’s an rather plain ad from December 1980 when the theater was called Entermedia (a name that ought to be added to the list of AKA’s above):

Samurai/Wolves 12/14/80

The Samurai Triology is a fairly well known series of Japanese films from the 1950’s, but I can not identify the other feature at all.

GWaterman on April 23, 2006 at 1:00 am

The Fillmore East was a couple of blocks south of this theatre.

Movieguy718 on January 18, 2006 at 6:22 am

I was here recently for the first time in years to see Family Stone in their “big” theater. The projection was a bit off. The volume was WAY too low. No one cared. I had low expectations and they were met. They got new seats though. That’s all I have to say.

CelluloidHero2 on January 6, 2006 at 10:25 am

The Fillmore East was originally the Loew’s Commodore.