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, which opened as a twin on June 26, 1962, soldiers on. The opening movie on both screens was “Boccaccio ‘70”. A 3rd screen was added on December 21, 1988.

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ridethectrain on August 24, 2019 at 9:45 pm

Please update, this theatre open on June 26, 1962 with the movie Three Stories Of Th Sexes!

I’ve just uploaded the grand opening ad and premiere feature

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on August 25, 2019 at 5:59 am

ridethectrain, the movie’s title was “Boccaccio ‘70”, not “Three Stories of the Sexes”. That ad continues on the next page.

moviebuff82 on August 25, 2019 at 10:57 am

i wonder with the new joker trailer coming out on wed, if tickets will go on sale for this movie in 70mm. The film will premiere in Venice on Saturday and people in the business say that this movie will make around $60-90 million on opening weekend. The film is rated R so it might draw away young kids wanting to see a darker version of the famed villain.

HowardBHaas on August 25, 2019 at 11:05 am

As their website says, The Joker which seems to have early word as excellent, opens in 70mm on October 4 here. So nobody is surprised, the aspect ratio is “flat” not ‘scope.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on August 25, 2019 at 8:40 pm

From the opening attaction directed by Vittorio De Sica and Federico Fellini to yet another comic book movie, The Joker, how the culture has descended…

robboehm on August 26, 2019 at 6:58 am

Mike (saps) And how. Look at the ever expanding trash TV.

HowardBHaas on August 26, 2019 at 8:30 am

“The Joker” is not an art movie like the opening attraction, but all movies were not art movies. The most popular movies from the start were movies like Dracula and Frankenstein. That said, this site isn’t for reviews of individual movies, and not at all for TV or general culture. We can be happy that this movie theater is not only still open, but will showcase The Joker in 70mm.

bigjoe59 on November 5, 2019 at 12:16 pm


while I am an avid moviegoer there is something I’m still confused by- what 70MM means. is it the aspect ratio of the film stock to shoot the film or the size of screen showing it? for instance how can the Cinema 1 show a film in the same way the Ziegfeld could?

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on November 5, 2019 at 12:46 pm

70mm usually refers to the actual film stock width shown by the theatre. A film shot in 35mm could be blown up for 70mm projection. The soundtrack strip on the 70mm film was also superior in quality. The Fresh Meadows multiplex, for example, has fairly small screens but the quality of a 70mm projection in the same complex was visibly superior in sight and sound to the 35mm screen, although not so different in size.

ridethectrain on November 6, 2019 at 12:44 am

Please, update it was added Cinema 3rd Avenue on December 21, 1988. The third screen to up the first six rows of Cinema 1. After Cinema 3 closed, they renamed the theatre Cinema 1-2-3 The theatre was renovated in the fall of 2014 with new recliners with the capacity of Cinema 1 187, Cinema 2 97 and Cinema 3 48 seats. Cinema 1 shows 70MM.

When the theatre open in 1962, it was Cinema 1 and Cinema 2, separate box office and entrances, it was design you couldn’t switch screens. A New lobby was redone in the fall of 1988.

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