City Cinemas Cinema 1, 2, and 3

1001 3rd Avenue,
New York, NY 10021

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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, soldiers on. The opening movie on both screens was Sophia Loren in “Boccaccio ‘70”. A 3rd screen was added on December 21, 1988 giving a total seating capacity of 987. In 2016 recliners seats were fitted and the seating capacity was reduced to 332.

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HowardBHaas on August 18, 2020 at 8:40 am

Online including City Cinemas website would indicate this theater is not permanently closed. The article likely meant 86th St.

bigjoe59 on August 18, 2020 at 5:47 pm


as I asked a while back before the movie theater lockdown
on March 16th was the escalator in this ever fixed. it had
been out of service since Oct. 2018.

also I’m not surprised about the Landmark 57 St. closing. the two times I went there were way more staff then patrons.

ridethectrain on September 17, 2020 at 11:35 pm

Please update, 332 seats (This theatre had recliner seats installed in 2016)

bigjoe59 on September 18, 2020 at 5:12 pm


I hate to sound like a broken record but was the escalator
fixed before the NYC movie theater lockdown on March 16th?
as I have stated before it had been out of service since
Oct. of 2018.

hdtv267 on September 29, 2020 at 6:27 am

Is the escalator here similar to the one at the Lincoln Square complex on the UWS or ScotiaBank Theatres in Toronto, where you’d need an oxygen tank if they are not working?

I’m confused why this is such a huge concern that asked in April, then again in August and then came back month to the day, almost at the exact time to query on it again? Me thinks getting theatres up and running in New York in a safe environment should be the main concern with those obsessed with NYC theatres right now.

To be that concerned about an escalator seems a bit….

bigjoe59 on September 29, 2020 at 3:34 pm


since I believe in free speech I have to accept your slightly curt replies to it seems all of my posts.

to which since having a working escalator is part of good theater management it would be a critique on the uneven degree of proper management at this theater if by the theater shutdown on Mon. March 16th the escalator which had been out of order since Oct. 2018 still hadn’t been mixed.

ridethectrain on September 29, 2020 at 3:58 pm

The theatre hasn’t reopened since March, what see when the time comes.

bigjoe59 on September 29, 2020 at 4:32 pm


hdtv267 will probably post a witty sarcastic reply to this post but was the escalator fixed before the movie theater shutdown on Mon. March 16th.? its a simple question.

hdtv267 on September 29, 2020 at 5:21 pm

Other than it being ‘good theater management’ I’m still confused why this “issue” has been obsessed over since August of 2019.If it’s such a “simple question” there were ample opportunities to address this with management either in person, phone or emails before the closings in March.

As a consumer, if something is that big of an issue with me, Id have gone to management and kept the problem to myself. If I got a snide response or unacceptable answer from the GM or corporate, I’d of course make it public as that certainly reflects poorly on management, just there’s more important things in life – especially right now.

The moral of the story, I’m sorry this is keeping you up at nights. When and if this venue re-opens I hope you’ll put this passion into making a trip there or phoning or emailing and getting the answer yourself, as I highly doubt anyone can get it for you at this point in time.

rivest266 on October 6, 2020 at 2:47 pm

Grand opening ad:

Cinema I Cinema II openingCinema I Cinema II opening Mon, Jun 25, 1962 – 375 · Daily News (New York, New York) ·

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