City Cinemas Cinema 1, 2, and 3

1001 3rd Avenue,
New York, NY 10021

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Cinema 1, 2, 3 and Coronet 1 & 2 - 2001

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City Cinemas' Cinema 1, 2, and 3 was just two doors down from the now vanished Baronet & Coronet Theatre and a block away from the Crown Gotham Theatre. Today, both of those other theatres are gone, while this venerable art house, which opened as a twin in 1962, soldiers on.

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dave-bronx™
dave-bronx™ on July 4, 2017 at 1:03 am

The theatre was built and paid for by Rugoff but it was sitting on rented land, a situation that continued for decades.

In the last several years the owner of the land under the Cinemas passed, and his estate sold the land to City Cinemas. Now that they own the whole thing outright they are looking at redevelopment.

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on July 4, 2017 at 7:33 am

What a shame….

HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on July 4, 2017 at 8:34 am

Wonder Women is still playing in 70mm here, I believe in its 6th week. That’s not a comment on the long term future of the theater, but merely stating that as 70mm screenings are rare, it maybe worthwhile. The film was filmed entirely in 35mm, so this is an example of “blowup” to 70mm.

Mikeoaklandpark
Mikeoaklandpark on July 4, 2017 at 10:31 am

Why would City Cinemas want to redevelop this property if it’s profitable.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on July 4, 2017 at 10:44 am

Street level retail is worth more in rent than any cinema at this location. That is why the profitable Baronet/Coronet closed. Cineplex Odeon was offered more for that property than twenty years of theatre operation profits would have generated.

dave-bronx™
dave-bronx™ on July 4, 2017 at 11:31 am

Mikeoaklandpark: Because Reading International is basically a real estate development company masquerading as a theatre operator. The shareholders have been pushing for redevelopment for years, to increase shareholder value. The late Mr. Cotter (the head honcho at Reading, who started City Cinemas) and his successors were resisting this, but according to news sources a certain high-profile shareholder was threatening legal action for neglect of fiduciary responsibility or some such nonsense.

bigjoe59
bigjoe59 on July 4, 2017 at 3:36 pm

Hello-

I thank all my fellow posters for the info posted recently about this theater.

also to Howard B.. I heard thru the grapevine that the main reason AMC closed the Loews Tower East is that they had no desire to operate a single screen movie theater. the only 1st run single screen movie theater left in Manhattan is the Paris.

HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on July 4, 2017 at 9:16 pm

bigjoe, heard it thru the grapevine! Everybody who has witnessed AMC in any region knows that.

xbs2034
xbs2034 on July 21, 2017 at 11:55 pm

I saw Dunkirk in 70mm here today, probably near a sell out (I booked tickets about an hour and a half prior to showtime, and had to go to the third row to get two seats together).

I think their Kong: Skull Island presentation felt more special with a bit of showmanship (that had no trailers but instead a mini overture with the masking opening up at the Warner Bros logo, here there were two digital trailers, then a slight delay as they switched to film and expanded the masking to 2.20 for the Blade Runner and Justice League trailers on 70mm), and I also felt Kong maybe looked a slight bit more visually impressive in 70mm. But this is a place which can do 70mm right, and for placing the audience in the shoes of the characters and creating some tension filled set pieces, Dunkirk is pretty masterful.

markp
markp on July 22, 2017 at 7:55 pm

I do a pretty good job of projecting 70MM at the Regal E Walk up in Times Square.

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