United Artists East 85th Street

1629 First Avenue,
New York, NY 10028

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United Artists East 85th Street

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Nondescript, 1970s-era, single-screen survivor, showcasing mostly Fox and Paramount releases.

United Artists East 85th Street Theatre was closed on March 23, 2012.

Contributed by br91975

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shua22
shua22 on February 14, 2010 at 8:43 pm

Saw Crazy Heart there this afternoon. There was a decent crowd. The ticket taker was delightful and the theater is in very nice, clean, comfortable condition. The seats are newish and high back and offer comfortable leg room. The screen is big and high, as one would expect in a single screen theater. It remains a rather elegant place to see a picture, even if off the beaten path. I would not hesitate to go back.

br91975
br91975 on March 21, 2012 at 4:52 pm

The UA East 85th Street is closing permanently after this Sunday’s 9:50 pm screening of Friends with Kids. No word as of yet on the next tenant for the space but I’ll see what I can find out.

SethLewis
SethLewis on March 28, 2012 at 6:54 am

Shame…one more Upper East Side theatre goes dark…have to like their mostly art house programming for the last few years…but a hard theatre to twin

Inuchan915
Inuchan915 on March 31, 2012 at 3:12 am

I was about to visit them this week, I didn’t know they were closing. :(

DylanAsh
DylanAsh on April 1, 2012 at 3:38 pm

I’m so sad this place closed.

Mikeoaklandpark
Mikeoaklandpark on April 13, 2012 at 2:47 pm

I can’t believe they didn’t do a good business. Midnight In Paris played there last year for over 6 months. These big chain theaters really suck closing all the good single screen theaters.

shua22
shua22 on May 13, 2012 at 10:44 pm

So sad to drive past it today and see the “marquis” gone, scaffold up and a for rent sign hanging out front. It’s really a shame. Would have to assume that there was an issue with the lease. Darn.

SeaBassTian
SeaBassTian on September 3, 2012 at 9:16 pm

I used to visit quite often. They actually showed a good selection of indie flicks and you were guaranteed not to be annoyed by pesky patrons. It was what you’d consider a charming “neighborhood dive” of Yorkville. Last film I caught there may have been The Informers.

LuisV
LuisV on October 11, 2012 at 3:43 pm

Here is what is replacing this theater:

Now showing: Sports kids take over former movie theater 12:53 PM, OCTOBER 10, 2012

RKF has arranged a 7,000- s/f lease for sports training company Fastbreak Kids at 1629 First Ave. between 84th and 85th Streets in space that formerly housed a United Artists East movie theater.

Fastbreak has leased its first full-time dedicated indoor location Scheduled to open by mid-2013, this site will become Fastbreak Kids’ 14th basketball and sports training facility in Manhattan and its first full-time dedicated indoor location.

“We are thrilled to have helped Fastbreak Kids expand into their first dedicated indoor location,” said Alterman. “The former theater is a great, unique space and the location is perfect for a surrounding neighborhood that is full of both families and schools.”

Other retail tenants in the 32-story, 260,000 s/f residential building include Starbucks and Basics Plus Hardware. The space that Fastbreak Kids has leased was used as a movie theater since 1970 when the building was constructed.

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