Beekman Theatre

1254 Second Avenue,
New York, NY 10021

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peterdamian
peterdamian on November 1, 2005 at 4:07 pm

In 1977, I started working for the Cinema 5 chain. For a while I was used at various theatres until finding a home at the Murray Hill and Gramercy theatres. I worked briefly at the Beekman, evenings. The movie “La Grande Bourgeoise” was playing, starring Giancarlo Giannini and Catherine Deneuve. I had only been there once previously, as a customer, to see Bergman’s “Face to Face,” a movie that seems to have disappeared, still unavailable on home video/DVD. The Beekman had a distinguished place in the Cinema 5 pantheon, probably because of its Upper East Side location, only a few blocks from Cinema I & II, etc. It was gorgeous and moderne with a sleek, silver metal marquee and leaning script font lettering. Only the good stuff showed there, for the most part. I believe it was featured in a scene in “Annie Hall.” The lounge had custom furniture, free-form and modern, and it had a kooky appeal by the time the 70’s came around. The theatre seemed stuck in a very cool time period. I can remember seeing a photo of the theatre with long lines out in front of it, in a full-page ad for “Exorcist II: The Heretic,” when Warner Bros. tried to get audiences to believe that movie was a hit. I can’t think why it was booked into the Beekman when it was also down the way at Cinema II. The Beekman was the sort of theatre you would decide to see a movie in, when there were other theatre choices, just because it was so nice.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on October 20, 2005 at 1:44 pm

Two recent October 2005 photographs taken as the end is neigh:
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bazookadave
bazookadave on October 20, 2005 at 8:26 am

Went by October 20. Demolition crews have torn a hole in the wall between the Beekman’s ticket lobby and the space that used to be the ATMs for North Fork Bank. It was dark but I took this pic:

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Through that big hole on the right is the Beekman’s ticket lobby, right behind where the ticket agent’s spot was. I peered through a space on the front doors where the blue paper has been torn, and in the dark I could see the metal doors from the ticket lobby into the theater are battered and sealed up with large wood beams. A notice on the doors states that Turner Construction Co. has a city permit to occupy the sidewalk in front of the building from 10/12 to 12/31/2005.

bazookadave
bazookadave on September 30, 2005 at 12:15 pm

Went by the Beekman yesterday Thursday the 29th, it looks the same, just sitting there dark and empty with no marquee.

frankdev
frankdev on September 14, 2005 at 12:05 pm

i’m sad to report that early this morning as i passed our beloved Beekman, i saw that the marquee is gone.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on September 14, 2005 at 10:13 am

The first film to play the Beekman, as shown in Warren’s posted marquee shot, was Never Take No for an Answer, a.k.a. Peppino e Violetta, a British-Italian co-production, about a boy named Peppino who wants to take his ailing donkey Violetta into the crypt of Saint Francis of Assisi. Denied permission, he goes to Rome to appeal to the Pope. The film was shot in Assisi and also in the Vatican, one of the few movies allowed to be filmed there.

The film was based on Paul Gallico’s sentimental novella called The Small Miracle. The Small Miracle was also the title of a TV remake of this film. This movie was not typical of the more “sophisticated” ones that were to play the Beekman over the years, but it was indeed an audience pleaser and a likable film. Bosley Crowther gave it a glowing review and even praised the donkey as “a real charmer.”

HERE IS AN AD publicizing this film at the Beekman.

I used to own a 16mm print and am sorry to have sold it, since it is now so rare. After the Beekman, the film moved over to the Guild 50th where it continued a long succesful engagement.

bazookadave
bazookadave on September 14, 2005 at 9:08 am

Warren, thank you for these lovely images, and all the others you post for different theatres on this site. Especially loved the pics you posted for the RKO Proctor’s that used to stand at 86th and Lexington. Seeing the image of the interior brought back dim memories of attending movies in this and similar movie palaces when I was very young. I so wish these theatres were still with us today.

Thanks again, Warren!

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on September 14, 2005 at 8:37 am

Here are some 1952 images. The movie listed on the marquee is virtually forgotten today, but credits in the Film Daily Year Book covering that year suggest that it was British-produced and filmed in Italy. Vittorio Manunta and Denis O'Dea topped the cast of the Souvaine Selective Pictures release:
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frankdev
frankdev on September 8, 2005 at 1:38 pm

In 1982we opened “A Midsummer’s Night Sex Comedy” . We also had the premier,Woody did'nt show But Diane Keaton did. As a matter of fact Woody payed to put the platter system in the booth.

bazookadave
bazookadave on September 8, 2005 at 10:42 am

Looks like the demolition has begun. Today (September 8) I went by the Beekman after class and saw a work crew in hardhats up on the roof. Looked like they were chopping the tar, or else removing the gravel from up top. Simultaneously, furnishings were being carted out of the now-closed North Fork Bank into white moving vans. A black tarp has been placed over the jagged hole in the Beekman façade where the marquee used to be.

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CelluloidHero2
CelluloidHero2 on September 7, 2005 at 10:23 am

Zelig played there also.

Manwithnoname
Manwithnoname on September 7, 2005 at 9:41 am

“Small Time Crooks” played at the Beekman.

CUBBSCOUT
CUBBSCOUT on September 7, 2005 at 8:14 am

Good question, Dave Bazooka! Does anyone know if ANNIE HALL ever played at THE BEEKMAN? Or a list of Woody Allen films that played there?

bazookadave
bazookadave on September 6, 2005 at 2:29 pm

I have done this but I find myself wondering more about what films were booked into them long before in the past. For example I wonder what film was playing at the Beekman the day I was born in 1962. Or, take “Annie Hall”: I know Alvie mentions the theater and there is action out front in the movie, but was “Annie Hall” ever actually booked for a run at the Beekman? What about “Sleeper”? I wish there was a list of every single movie that played the Beekman from 1952 up till “The Interpreter.” Nerd-like I would pore over it and try to recall if I had attended any of the showings…just because! Almost like doing penance for not having gone to the Beekman (or any lost theater) enough when it existed.

br91975
br91975 on September 6, 2005 at 9:31 am

Guess this is one of many demarcation points of film nerdom (and it’s not remotely close to being a truly useful exercise), but does anyone else, after certain, presumably beloved theatres close, on occasion wonder or imagine what new releases would have been booked into them? (i.e., it doesn’t seem a stretch for me to conceive, for example, ‘The Constant Gardener’ having been booked into the Beekman… )

br91975
br91975 on September 6, 2005 at 9:19 am

Pest control notices = proof that the ‘end’ for the Beekman and the other buildings on its block is near; I’d guess demolition is likely to begin sometime between mid-October to early November.

frankdev
frankdev on September 4, 2005 at 1:30 pm

As Far as pest control maybe they will meant the sloan kettering managment

bazookadave
bazookadave on September 2, 2005 at 3:38 pm

Went by the Beekman Thursday morning. It looks the same as in my last set of postings…the only thing different is that now there are pest control notices on the glass doors in front, and on other parts of the building.

frankdev
frankdev on September 1, 2005 at 6:21 pm

to call the ny twin the beekman 1 and 2 is a sin the beekman was class i managed it two times and have fond memories. once again ny has lost a beautiful piece of movie theater history.

Michael R. Rambo Jr.
Michael R. Rambo Jr. on September 1, 2005 at 6:14 pm

Today’s NY Post has the the former Loews Cineplex New York Twin/Crown New York Twin/Clearview’s New York One and Two Theatre listed now as “Clearview’s Beekman One And Two”.

The only 2 theatre buildings from the old Rugoff Theatres (Cinema 5) chain that is still standing, after the Beekman is demolished, are the City Cinemas Cinema 1, 2, 3 (Cinema I and Cinema II), and in Philadelphia, The United Artists Sam’s Place Twin Theatre building (also was home to Stanley Warner’s Aldine Theatre, Viking Theatre, and Rugoff’s Cinema 19 Theatre), which has a CVS Pharmacy in the building.

monster
monster on August 28, 2005 at 7:40 pm

i saw lost in tranlation at the beekman with my childhood penpal on the occasion of our first meeting, 20 years in the making, on my first trip to new york city.
the beekman was top on my list of things to see, and he happened to live around the corner. i am sad to see that it is now closed, but the theater is the stage for a wonderful memory that will never go away.

Manwithnoname
Manwithnoname on August 27, 2005 at 8:19 am

Absolutely keep posting the pics, dave. I live on the West Coast and have never been to NY but was well aware of the theater for decades. Rarely have the final days of a classic house been so well documented with photos so clear and sharp. My only regret is that I never attended a screening here. Thanks and keep it up for many of us.

Forrest136
Forrest136 on August 27, 2005 at 7:59 am

Whats the real deal? The Clearview Site calls the theatre across the street the Beekman 1&2 but Newspapers are still saying NEW YORK TWIN? Is there a name change?

Forrest136
Forrest136 on August 27, 2005 at 7:59 am

Whats the real deal? The Clearview Site calls the thaetre across the street the Beekman 1&2 but Newspapers are still saying NEW YORK TWIN? Is there a name change?