City Cinemas Cinema 1, 2, and 3

1001 3rd Avenue,
New York, NY 10021

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bigjoe59
bigjoe59 on May 14, 2018 at 10:03 pm

Hello-

while walking past this theater the other day I had pangs of regret about the late but great Coronet/ Baronet, the Trans Lux East and the Sutton. now those closed and were demolished because the land became worth more than the theaters no matter popular could possibly bring in. so whenever I attend this theater I wonder how is it still here?

markp
markp on April 2, 2018 at 2:31 pm

xbs2034, yes Murder on the Orient Express played 4 weeks at Lincoln Square. I was the projectionist there.

ErikH
ErikH on April 2, 2018 at 12:58 pm

City Cinemas may charge an extra fee for 70MM but at least 70MM isn’t exempt from the bargain matinee policy. I paid $11.00 yesterday for a ticket to the morning screening of “Ready Player One” at Cinema 1.

xbs2034
xbs2034 on April 2, 2018 at 1:54 am

I believe City Cinemas charges extra for 70mm, while AMC charges standard price. By the way, pretty sure it was just Lincoln Square (where I saw it) and Village East which played Murder on the Orient Express in 70mm, but this theater has played all the recent 70mm releases from Warner Bros

bigjoe59
bigjoe59 on April 1, 2018 at 9:29 pm

Hello-

last year this theater held 70MM engagements of Wonder Woman in June and Murder on the Orient Express in Nov. to which my question, did the Cinema 1 charge extra? I went to see Ready Player One at the Village East and they were charging $20 for everyone children and seniors as well as adults.

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on April 1, 2018 at 8:49 pm

I heard rumors about a 70mm trailer for the reissue of 2001, which was supervised by Christopher Nolan and will premiere at Cannes on May 12 before arriving in select US theaters on the 18th.

markp
markp on April 1, 2018 at 8:30 pm

We did the same thing at AMC Lincoln Square during the run of Phantom Thread.

ErikH
ErikH on April 1, 2018 at 7:17 pm

I saw “Ready Player One” in 70MM at the Cinema 1 today. Hadn’t been here since “Blue Jasmine” nearly 5 years ago and the theater looks much better today than in the summer of 2013. I enjoyed the film and the 70MM presentation (and appreciated the reserved seating and recliners). The only odd aspect was that a theater employee made an announcement at the scheduled start time that since the film was in 70MM there would be no trailers and as a result the film would start ten minutes after the scheduled start time (?). The film was preceded by a 70MM trailer for the “Fantastic Beasts” sequel.

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on March 30, 2018 at 7:26 pm

Ready player one in 70mm this weekend.

HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on November 16, 2017 at 12:15 pm

“Justice League” in 70mm here this weekend.

markp
markp on July 23, 2017 at 1:55 am

I do a pretty good job of projecting 70MM at the Regal E Walk up in Times Square.

xbs2034
xbs2034 on July 22, 2017 at 5:55 am

I saw Dunkirk in 70mm here today, probably near a sell out (I booked tickets about an hour and a half prior to showtime, and had to go to the third row to get two seats together).

I think their Kong: Skull Island presentation felt more special with a bit of showmanship (that had no trailers but instead a mini overture with the masking opening up at the Warner Bros logo, here there were two digital trailers, then a slight delay as they switched to film and expanded the masking to 2.20 for the Blade Runner and Justice League trailers on 70mm), and I also felt Kong maybe looked a slight bit more visually impressive in 70mm. But this is a place which can do 70mm right, and for placing the audience in the shoes of the characters and creating some tension filled set pieces, Dunkirk is pretty masterful.

HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on July 5, 2017 at 3:16 am

bigjoe, heard it thru the grapevine! Everybody who has witnessed AMC in any region knows that.

bigjoe59
bigjoe59 on July 4, 2017 at 9:36 pm

Hello-

I thank all my fellow posters for the info posted recently about this theater.

also to Howard B.. I heard thru the grapevine that the main reason AMC closed the Loews Tower East is that they had no desire to operate a single screen movie theater. the only 1st run single screen movie theater left in Manhattan is the Paris.

dave-bronx™
dave-bronx™ on July 4, 2017 at 5:31 pm

Mikeoaklandpark: Because Reading International is basically a real estate development company masquerading as a theatre operator. The shareholders have been pushing for redevelopment for years, to increase shareholder value. The late Mr. Cotter (the head honcho at Reading, who started City Cinemas) and his successors were resisting this, but according to news sources a certain high-profile shareholder was threatening legal action for neglect of fiduciary responsibility or some such nonsense.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on July 4, 2017 at 4:44 pm

Street level retail is worth more in rent than any cinema at this location. That is why the profitable Baronet/Coronet closed. Cineplex Odeon was offered more for that property than twenty years of theatre operation profits would have generated.

Mikeoaklandpark
Mikeoaklandpark on July 4, 2017 at 4:31 pm

Why would City Cinemas want to redevelop this property if it’s profitable.

HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on July 4, 2017 at 2:34 pm

Wonder Women is still playing in 70mm here, I believe in its 6th week. That’s not a comment on the long term future of the theater, but merely stating that as 70mm screenings are rare, it maybe worthwhile. The film was filmed entirely in 35mm, so this is an example of “blowup” to 70mm.

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on July 4, 2017 at 1:33 pm

What a shame….

dave-bronx™
dave-bronx™ on July 4, 2017 at 7:03 am

The theatre was built and paid for by Rugoff but it was sitting on rented land, a situation that continued for decades.

In the last several years the owner of the land under the Cinemas passed, and his estate sold the land to City Cinemas. Now that they own the whole thing outright they are looking at redevelopment.

HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on July 3, 2017 at 2:17 am

The Loews 72nd St East was originally & best known as the Loew’s Tower East.

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on July 3, 2017 at 1:40 am

Don’t forget the Loews 72nd street east or whatever it was called.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on July 2, 2017 at 11:09 pm

I think it makes a tough situation tougher and if the landlord wants them out, they will buy them out. That is how profitable theatres like the Cinerama Twin (RKO), Beekman, National and Art Greenwich went away.

bigjoe59
bigjoe59 on July 2, 2017 at 8:06 pm

Hello-

to Al A. many thanks for you reply. indeed the exhibition business since the 62 St. & 1st Ave. first opened. the Cinema 1 was for years one of the leading “art houses” in the city. case in point. the World Premiere engagement of Ingmar Bergman’s Oscar winning Cries and Whispers was held at the Cinema 1 not in his native Sweden.

I am a native New Yorker and lifelong moviegoer and believe the Cinema ½/3 can weather any potential competition from the revamped 62 St.& 1st Ave. if it returned to its roots so to speak. what do you say?

John Fink
John Fink on June 29, 2017 at 11:40 pm

Re: masking – I can vouch for Cinema #1 – they even had proper masking for a press screening of Hateful Eight in all of its ultra-wide scope glory.

As for new builds – Alamo and iPic have masking, along with Metrograph. Alamo Brooklyn will also be getting 70MM for Dunkirk according to a Facebook post today – hopefully they’ll also bring in some repertory 70MM at some point too.