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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Coate on November 21, 2016 at 8:45 am

“Rocky” opened here (Cinema II) 40 years ago today. Opening day (a Sunday) earned a reported house record of $5,488.

optimist008 on November 21, 2016 at 8:47 am

Yes, this was the very first new twin theatre in America when owned by the Rogoff chain. And the mass media still wrongly states that AMC built the first twin theater. General Cinema was doing it also back then.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on November 21, 2016 at 9:51 am

First? Here is a reliable source to dispute that

optimist008 on November 21, 2016 at 10:31 am


Thank you for posting the above. Boxoffice magazine had gotten it all wrong, or maybe I DID…this was probably the first twin in the NYC tri state area….and maybe all of NY State???

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on November 21, 2016 at 10:44 am

I think the Trans-Lux Newsreel was the first purpose built twin in the city, if you don’t count roof garden cinemas.

JABilmes on December 4, 2016 at 8:33 pm

I saw the 70mm presentation of Fantastic Beasts in its 2nd weekend; this one of only a handful of theatres in US to show in that format. Print was still in good shape, and seeing on film definitely warmer than in digital. On the other hand, seeing a film print of Die Hard at Moving Image the same weekend with its wear and tear at the changeovers especially was a good reminder that film has its drawbacks.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on December 6, 2016 at 7:52 pm

How did you know that this theatre was showing it in 70mm?

xbs2034 on December 6, 2016 at 8:56 pm

Al Alvarez- it was well advertised that this theater was showing the film in 70mm (including such things as specially labeling the showings as 70mm on Fandango, format info on the weekly City Cinemas email, and the theater marquee advertising “Fantastic Beasts 70mm”).

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.

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