City Cinema

2081 Bartow Avenue,
Bronx, NY 10475

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The City Cinema was located in the Bartow Plaza in the huge Co-Op City apartment development. It appears to have been built in the late 60s or early 70s as a two-screen cinema. After it closed in the late 80s it was used as a church and later I think it was a community playhouse. It is now used as a bingo hall. This theatre predates and had no association with the City Cinemas [chain] in Manhattan.

Anybody have more info?

Contributed by dave-bronx

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dave-bronx™ on July 5, 2005 at 4:14 am

According to an ad posted by RobertR for another theatre, in 1974 the little City Cinema at Co-op City was a Brandt house, and was playing a double-feature of Disney’s “Aristocats” and “Song of the South”.
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jackeboy on July 11, 2005 at 2:19 am

I lived in CO-Op City for 6 years and went her a lot.Just an average twin cinema. Nothing special, but it was a first run house. Some of the films I remeber seeing there are Interiors, Carnal Knowledge, one of the Pink Panther movies, Busting, and many others.

DavidWallick on September 6, 2005 at 5:42 pm

I lived in thie area from 1973-74 and saw many films there with my grandmothers, who both lived in the area. For some reason, my most vivid memory is of Barbra Streisand in “What’s Up Doc?” My schoolbus used to pass the theater on my way to school (5th grade, 1973-74) and I always used to look out the window on Wednesday morning to see what the new movie for the week was.

cinematreasures1 on December 16, 2007 at 1:31 am

City Cinema started out as a one screen theater. It later expanded to two screens.

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