54 Varick Street,
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Previous Names: The Screening Room(s)
At one time the only operating theatre south of Canal Street, the Screening Room opened in the mid-1990’s, 1995 or so, and was situated on Varick Street and Laight Streets just south of Canal Street. It was unique in another respect in that it was attached to a restaurant and the the Screening Room/restaurant was marketed in tandem and you could get your meal tickets and a movie for a fixed price. Originally it opened as a single screen theatre and at some point a second screen in the complex was added. The cinemas, small, but cozy and somewhat faux funky, screened a mix of indie films, revivals, second run and was a venue for festivals. Like many businesses “downtown”, the SR was no doubt impacted by the 911 tragedy and quietly went dark sometime in late-2003 or early-2004.
Reportedly Robert DeNiro has bought/taken control of the facility, but it hasn’t as yet reopened as a full time public cinema.
However, in the 2005 program guide for the Tribeca Film Festival the site of the former Screening Room was used a venue and the new name is the Tribeca Film Center. It was closed in the summer of 2015.
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