Regal Battery Park Stadium 11

102 North End Avenue,
New York, NY 10282

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 1, 2014 at 2:00 pm

Does anyone know of a theater operating in this neighborhood before the construction of the World Trade Center? The theater would have opened in 1927 at the southwest corner of Cortlandt and West Streets. The project was mentioned in the July 13, 1927, issue of The Film Daily. If it did get built it might not have operated for very long.

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on September 11, 2011 at 7:18 am

On this day 10 years ago, this theater was severely damaged. It would take several months before the theater reopened.

Kris
Kris on June 9, 2011 at 1:02 am

They’re currently doing some sort of construction there: the bottom floors are closed and customers have to take a series of escalators to the third (or was it fourth?) floor to even reach a box office. The rest of the theater is blocked off with partitions. The entrance to the building itself is a bit hard to find; the outside is blocked off with Regal-marked wooden partitions that point in the general direction of the entrance but it’s easy to miss.

We went there on a Thursday evening and the place was dead; the staff didn’t even bother taking our tickets.

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on September 11, 2010 at 11:02 am

This theatre opened in July 2000, so the tenth anniversary was two months ago.

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on September 11, 2010 at 10:20 am

next year marks 10 years since this theater opened, and became the 9/11 theater due to its close proximity to the twin towers. In 2012 the 10th anniversary of the Tribeca film Festival will take place.

Nunzienick
Nunzienick on March 17, 2010 at 11:12 pm

That’s exactly why I very seldom go anymore. As much as I love movies I just can’t tolerate the constant chatting…talking on cell phones…the incessant rustling of candy wrappers…and not to mention feet up on the seat right beside your head. And this rude behavior is not always limited to teens and young people either. Older people who should be familiar with theatre etiquette are sometimes just as rude.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on March 17, 2010 at 9:47 pm

GaryC. you got jerks in smaller cities too,one reason i never go to a film unless its 007 or Clint Eastwood and Uncle Clint is slowing down.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on March 17, 2010 at 7:04 pm

Very true Gary C.The theatres canot screen everyone who comes in their doors.

GaryCohen
GaryCohen on March 17, 2010 at 6:45 pm

For years those of us who work in lower Manhattan had hoped for a movie theater to be built in this area. And this one filled the bill. I sometimes go there after work or take off a few hours early if there is something I really want to see. The first film I remember seeing there was Schwarzennegger in “The Sixth Day.” I have seen several films on their first day at this theater: last summer’s Star Trek, the last 3 Bond films, Superman Returns, etc. It is actually fairly impressive. After you buy your ticket, you take an escalator to the first floor. There are no theaters there, only an enormous shoe outlet. You then take an enormously long second escalator to the second level where half the theaters are. If you are unlucky, you have to take another long escalator to the rest of the theaters on the third level. This theater is so high up that the lobby and concessions stand area offers an impressive view of the West Side Highway.
As previously stated, when I go in the afternoon it is never super-crowded. I only had one bad experience there when some lowlives found their way to the theater I was in showing “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.” They had obviously came out of another theater and decided to make our lives miserable by talking and making noise at the top of their lungs. Fortunately these fools got bored and left after about ten minutes. I don’t blame this incident on the theater though. It could’ve happened in any theater in any large city in America.

DylanAsh
DylanAsh on January 26, 2009 at 7:37 pm

I want to like this theater, but I just can’t. It’s too far.

Garth
Garth on September 30, 2008 at 4:03 pm

Was there today to see the Woody Allen film ,rode up 3 flights on escalator to find it was 85 degrees and very humid in that particular theatre. Was informed A/C wasn’t working. Got a refund and will not be returning anytime soon. I have already called Regal and await a response.

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on May 14, 2008 at 7:35 pm

This from the New York Times July 12, 1927:

…The Cortlandt and West Street corporation in conjuction with Solomon & Khan, builders, have altered their plans, drawn by Gronenburg & Leuchtag, architects, and are now erecting on their plot at the southeast corner of Cortlandt and West Street a moving picture theatre of approximately 5,000 square feet with exits on West and Washington Street…

Does anyone have any idea what theatre this may have eventually been?

Rickyrab
Rickyrab on October 20, 2006 at 9:49 am

the food concession there is mediocre, but the theater has spectacular views of Ground Zero from its escalator areas.

Rickyrab
Rickyrab on October 20, 2006 at 9:47 am

I’m surprised that people have a hard time finding this theater. It’s the Ground Zero movie theater, after all, and can be found easily by looking across West Street from the northwest corner of the WTC site. Getting there should be easy, too: make a left from the WTC PATH station’s entrance, make another left, walk across the northern edge of ground zero, and cross West St. (aka the West Side Highway, although it’s now more of a boulevard than a highway). Theater is within a hotel building and is on your right.

hardbop
hardbop on April 26, 2006 at 10:24 am

Over on the Tribeca Screening Room there is a mention that there was some friction between the Regal BPC folks and the Tribeca FF and that is why the Tribeca FF festival is, as far as I can tell, only using two screens this year. Anyone know the story.

I find it odd that a fest who raison d'etre, or one of its raison d'etres, is to get people downtown post 9-11. The “Tribeca Fest” is now moved out of Tribeca and is screening films in the Tribeca FF in the East Village (Loew’s/AMC’s E. Village ‘plex), midtown (Loew’s/AMC’s W. 34th St. 'plex) and the Westside (Loew’s Lincoln Square 'plex).

And I just read on the Ziegfeld listing that the opening film at the fest — FLIGHT 99 — premiered at the Ziegfeld, in midtown no where near Tribeca.

It kind of defeats the purpose of the fest to expand above Canal Street. It seems the original purpose of the fest has gone by the boards and the fest organizers are playing lip service to the downtown community.

The only time I go downtown — below Canal — is for this fest. This year my visits will be much fewer and far between because I have screenings in the three Loew’s/AMC ‘plex.

PerkyNan
PerkyNan on February 23, 2006 at 7:47 am

Perky Nan sez………Location is terrific, for those of us who own cars. One of only spots in Manhattan that isn’t suffocated with gridlock at night. Also, convienent to Holland, and Brooklyn Battery tunnes. Problem is NO PARKING when you get there. With all that vacant land in front of the place, this shouldn’t be a problem. Also, consession stand should carry Red Velvet cake, and consessionaires should realize that few moviegoers can swallow three liters of Coke in an hour; mightwant to scale back the cup sizes, fellas…………Perky Nan

fizure
fizure on June 16, 2005 at 8:36 pm

Uhh… Yeah, I agree with JCPockets. Maybe everyone writing the review lives on the UES or UWS? I mean, you can either the local 1-9 or the express 2-3 to chambers, and anyone who thinks that is a long walk should maybe stop eating tubs of butter covered popcorn? This is a fine theatre which is clean and uncrowded (which should be a plus for you cinefiliac movie-goers!) Also, wtf is the big deal about escalators? I mean, jesus, this is a city… Pffft, why don’t you move Los Angeles or something? I live in the financial district East of West St (aka, the end of the west side highway) and I love the fact that this theatre is here… Sure, if you live in Chelsea or the UES, UWS or midtown then there are decent theatre’s around and there is no reason to come here. But if you’re in the area for whatever reason (work, live, social event) this is a great theatre—no matter what these underly-pompous detractors have to say.

JCPockets
JCPockets on May 27, 2005 at 1:58 pm

What a bunch of whingers! The Battery Park City Stadium is a wonderful theatre and yes, for those people who obviously don’t move far outside their shells, it does do business on the weekends. I first discovered it prior to the 9/11 attack while it was still a 16-screen arena. At that time it was still new and most people did not know it existed. When it reopened mid-2002, I was very happy. No, it does not get the packed and pushy crowds of some of the other theatres in Manhattan but somehow I don’t find that to be a bad thing. I’ve always found the staff to be friendly and helpful. The concession stand is a little slow but, since that seems to be the norm at theatres in this area, the workers are comparatively quicker than at other places. And, while it is kid- and family- friendly, there are no children running wildly around or disrupting a movie. As for it being located out in a tundra somewhere: Hello, it’s right off the Financial area. It’s accessable from the A,C, and E trains to name a few, PATH and, oh yes, the NY Waterway. For those of us who work down here, it’s the perfect spot for an after work movie.

I suggest, if you haven’t yet, come to the Battery Park Stadium cinema. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

hardbop
hardbop on May 18, 2005 at 2:45 pm

I may actually make the trek down here this weekend. I am caught up on my first-run films so I may attempt to check out Star Wars. This is no doubt a good weekend to stay clear of the multi-plexes screening STAR WARS VI or whatever it is called. I’d like to see if this ‘plex can draw anyone for a tent-pole movie such as this.

hardbop
hardbop on May 2, 2005 at 9:17 am

While I down here for the Tribeca Film Fest I thought I saw the Regal folks manning a table hyping their “buyer’s program” where you get a credit card you can use each time you see a movie and receive points that can be redeemed for a free screening. I know the Regal ‘plex at 14th Street isn’t involved in this program as far as I know. I do use the program at the Regal 'plex in Astoria.

Those incentives theatres give are rare in Manhattan. The only other one besides Regal’s BPC ‘plex is the similar program AMC has for its sole Manhattan theatre, the 25-cinema mega-plex on the deuce.

hardbop
hardbop on April 25, 2005 at 12:07 pm

What a haul. I was down there for a screening on Friday and it is a bizarre theatre. You take I think three escalators to get to the two floors that still contain the screens. The first floor that had five theatres is now a shoe store or some sort of retail store. You pass by it on the way up to the theatres.

That said, while utilitarian, Regal BPC is a nice place to watch a film. Who knows how long it will be around.

br91975
br91975 on April 15, 2005 at 1:16 pm

Regal Cinemas thought (if one wants to attach the notion of ‘thinking’ to Regal’s development of the Battery Park Stadium) this part of town, as part of the dot-com boom in the ‘90s, was going to become a 24-hour (or, at the very worst 16- or 20-hour) hot spot, which maybe (and that’s a highly charitable 'maybe’) it would have gained some semblance of if 9/11 never happened. Things ‘might’ improve once (and here’s a bit more of that magic fairy dust) the WTC site is fully developed by 2010, but I can’t, in any form of logic, anticipate Regal holding on until then.

bfilma
bfilma on April 15, 2005 at 12:33 pm

i’m going for a screening to this theatre, which may as well be in china, it’s so far west and i checked for directions. the only directions are via car! that’s absurd in NYC — subway and/or bus directions should always be given, with car route as an option… of course, if this theatre were actually near a subway, it might also help. sheesh! what were they thinking?

hardbop
hardbop on April 13, 2005 at 12:07 pm

Someone should hip the “Village Voice” to the fact that this is no longer a 16-‘plex, but an 11-'plex and it has been for at least a year. The VV still lists this as an 16-plex.

The only time I have even been even near this theatre is for the annual Tribeca Fests and when I was there last year the five theatres had already been closed and it was a weird and gloomy experience riding those escalators up, up and up before reaching the floors with the screens.

One funny story I have was at the first Tribeca Film Fest for “The Stone Reader.” In the middle of the film the projectionist must have gotten reels mixed up because a reel or part of the film was dropped. The director, fortunately, was in the house and immediately races up the aisle and goes to the back of the theatre and starts banging on the window at the projection booth to get the projectionist’s attention. Needless to say, the problem was fixed.

Another ‘plex that seems to be located in the middle of nowhere is Loew’s W. 34th Street 'plex between Eighth & Ninth Avenues. And that Kip’s Bay 'plex on Second Avenue in the twenties is also off the beaten track.

I don’t know what the Regal people were thinking when they built a 16-screen ‘plex not only way downtown, but just about as far west as you can go. It is west of West Street.

Butch
Butch on April 3, 2005 at 3:11 am

I agree with the statements posted above. For some reason Regal has the smallest screens in proportion to auditorium size, especially when compared to Loew’s and AMC multiplexes in NYC. I’ve been here twice but will never return.