City Cinemas Cinema 1, 2, and 3

1001 Third 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 and a block away from the Crown Gotham. Today, both of those other theaters are gone, while this venerable art house, which opened as a twin in 1962, soldiers on.

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zoetmb on July 23, 2013 at 7:42 pm

@dave-bronx: I think your seat counts may be a bit off. The original was 700/300. I believe it’s now approximately 570, 300 and 165. I’ve walked out of the third screen. I went back to the boxoffice and told them if I wanted to watch TV, I would have stayed home.

HowardBHaas on July 23, 2013 at 8:06 pm

Once when I was in City Cinema # 1, in 1999, I recorded 519 seats in my notes. That figure likely came from a Fire sign or from my counting the seats (yep).

dave-bronx™ on July 23, 2013 at 9:21 pm

I worked there before the 1988 renovation, during the renovation through to the re-opening. Before the renovation Cinema I had 700 seats, Cinema II had 291. During the renovation, once the new seats were installed I counted them to compare with the purchase order and invoice and to have the DoB occupancy signs made up. C1 was 532; C2 was 290; C3 was 165; an additional 49 seats (5%) in spare parts, for a total of 1036 seats. Those were the accurate counts at that time. In the 25 years since then, the place could have been re-seated once or twice with different size seats. If they are the same seats, and I hope they are not, they are probably canibalizing seats up front or against the walls for parts to repair broken seats in prime areas. I haven’t been in there in almost 20 years so anything is possible.

ErikH on August 1, 2013 at 6:03 pm

I attended a screening of “Blue Jasmine” during its opening weekend here. The film was showing in Cinemas I and II, and my screening was in Cinema I. I hadn’t been here in at least a decade, and was sorry to see how far one of the premier theaters in NYC had fallen. Old and uncomfortable seats and threadbare carpeting (held together in numerous areas by duct tape). The audience in the nearly sold out house (at an early afternoon screening,no less) appeared to love the film, and it was fun to see the proverbial line around the block when leaving the theater. “Blue Jasmine” will be shown on all three screens beginning tomorrow, which might be a first in the history of this venerable theater.

Garth on August 6, 2013 at 3:06 pm

I also saw the Woody Allen film here at a screening today. It was my first time here in 39 years. I had seen “The Parallax View” in ‘74 and “The Exorcist” in '73 , both in Cinema 1. Today was a positive experience. The staff was friendly and courteous and the popcorn was very good. They have “wake up” matinees with showings before 12pm being $7.50.My screening was in Cinema 2 and I admit if you prefer the back row as I do the screen is a bit small , but I can live with that. The seat was old school but comfortable.Before leaving I checked out the rest of the theatre. Cinema 1 has a very good size screen and a balcony, and Cinema 3 is much smaller. Surprisingly for the newest of the 3 it seemed the most shopworn, with flat seats and an entrance door that creaked loudly every time it was opened.

SethLewis on August 28, 2013 at 12:31 am

Any knowledge of what is happening here…the website shows no films after this Thursday with Jobs and The Butler moving over to the Beekman…refurbishment or God forbid closing

dave-bronx™ on August 28, 2013 at 2:19 am

The last permit issued by the DoB was for conversion from a theater to retail store, dated 11/05/2004. I don’t know if the permit expires at some point if work has not commenced, but it would be uncharacteristic of the city to leave something like this open-ended.

mhvbear on August 28, 2013 at 6:13 am

It isn’t unusual for City Cinemas to show next weeks show times until Thursday. And Jobs is at the Beekman starting today along with the wider release of The Spectacular Now according to Fandango. So either Fandango or the Beekman website is wrong.

mhvbear on August 29, 2013 at 5:36 am

The films for next week are up on Fandango.

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