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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Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on December 7, 2016 at 6:23 am

Not very well advertised to anyone not looking for it. I didn’t even know FANTASTIC BEASTS had any 70mm prints until the post above. In this era when major films don’t need to buy a newspaper ad, these things easy go unnoticed outside of the fanboy bubble.

nyindieguy on December 11, 2016 at 2:30 pm

dave-bronx, You seem very knowledgeable about this theater, and from what you’ve written, it seems that you worked there at some point. I’m wondering if there’s a way to contact you off-line for some research I’m doing. Thanks, and I hope this is not considered a breach in community guidelines.

Coate on February 1, 2017 at 9:19 am

I’d like to pass along the link to a recent retrospective article on the original “Rocky” movie which many of you may recall opened exclusively here. Sorry, I meant to post link a while ago when it first published. Anyway, this and many other cinemas are cited in the article along with details on longest run, box-office data, and a historian Q&A.

A Million to One: Remembering “Rocky” On Its 40th Anniversary

Mikeoaklandpark on February 1, 2017 at 1:05 pm

Coate, it also played at the Embassy on Broadway at the same time

Coate on February 7, 2017 at 10:30 am

Mikeoaklandpark: And your source of this is…?

Mikeoaklandpark on February 7, 2017 at 1:05 pm

Me I saw it there opening week. I lived in NYC from 76-83.

SethLewis on February 7, 2017 at 1:17 pm

Rocky opened as an exclusive at the Cinema II Thanksgiving weekend and went wider before Xmas I saw it there and the then Columbia I&II…and at a theatre in the Philly suburbs

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on February 7, 2017 at 1:30 pm

“ROCKY” didn’t play the Embassy until February when it was a move-over from the LOEWS STATE where it opened on December 10 along with the 86thST. EAST and MURRAY HILL and other theatres outside Manhattan. The Cinema II run was exclusive from November 21 to December 9.

xbs2034 on March 11, 2017 at 11:50 am

This theater is one of seven in the U.S. and maybe just eight worldwide playing a 70mm print of Kong: Skull Island. And they did a great job with it, print was in a good shape, color and image quality was gorgeous, the sound was great, and they put some showmanship into it with a mini overture before the movie and the masking expanding wide at the end of the overture for the film.

Though the first showing I went to was just a third full, so if anyone else likes the 70mm format I would suggest seeing it (getting a print of a new release projected by people capable of running film is rare nowadays, and studios aren’t going to continuing supporting it with the added costs involved unless audiences go) and the film itself was also far more enjoyable than I was expecting.

Jeffrey1955 on March 11, 2017 at 1:06 pm

I didn’t even know there were still prints. Thought everything was digital now.

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