Regency Theatre

1987 Broadway,
New York, NY 10023

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headwaiter
headwaiter on September 10, 2013 at 9:12 pm

I remember this theatre as a revival theatre back in the mid and late 70’s and I used to drive in from New Jersey to see movies her. I remember seeing Gone With The Wind, Going My Way and several Marx Brothers movies. I miss this theatre very much.

cblanc10708
cblanc10708 on August 30, 2013 at 9:40 pm

Does anyone have a copy of an old film program from the Regency that can be scanned and emailed to me.. Thanks

theamazin
theamazin on June 18, 2013 at 9:53 am

I managed the Regency from March 1990 until Oct of ‘93 when I was robbed there at gunpoint. Scary moment. The theater has the smallest manager’s office I’ve ever seen. While I worked there I watched the construction of Loews Lincoln Square across the street that would eventually lead to the Regency’s demise. It was a sweet little theater.

Wellington1
Wellington1 on April 20, 2013 at 8:32 am

In the 1970s they held amazing summer-long festivals. I remember at least one MGM retrospective, and at least one devoted to classic Warner Brothers films. I think Olivia deHavilland showed up at their screening of ANTHONY ADVERSE.

missfedora
missfedora on March 27, 2012 at 11:52 pm

In the 1970s I lived on West 68th and was a regular patron of the Regency. Like MarkieS, I remember the Bette Davis/Joan Crawford festival and my friend and I would arrive an hour before showtime because of the long lines extending around the corner.

rivoli157
rivoli157 on November 13, 2011 at 7:00 pm

lived UWS in the 70s and 80s, loved this theatre.The revivals, the audience, all of it. Judy Garland,A Star is Born, Julie Andrews as the Star! and so many more

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on June 6, 2011 at 5:56 pm

The site is currently occupied by an Apple Store. The Google Maps street view shows the Apple Store while still under construction…Status of the cinema needs to be changed from “Closed” to “Demolished.”

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on May 25, 2011 at 1:05 am

Thanks for the clarification. I must have been reading the split screen version of “The Chelsea Girls” history. There’s some site called WarholStars.org , which has the film also at a place called the Cinema Rendezvous on 12/01/66. But I think following the Regency’s run. After some deal was cut with a group called the Art Guild, who ran a small chain of theaters.

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on May 25, 2011 at 12:41 am

David, although “CHELSEA GIRLS” had a successful year end run at the Regency in December 1966, it had already premiered in September of that year at the Film-maker’s Cinematheque on 41st street where it showed for several weeks to great acclaim.

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on May 25, 2011 at 12:26 am

Well, I can’t believe that this topic never came up, but let’s give the Regency Theatre what is probably it’s most famous 15 minutes. I was watching some long documentary called “Andy Warhol’s Factory People”. Which chronicled the revolving door of characters & projects that passed through the artist’s New York loft in the `60’s. Bizarre, in-house films were apparently just one aspect of that.
Turns out Warhol’s film “The Chelsea Girls” not only played at the Regency, but premiered there as well. In the piece I caught a nighttime shot of the Regency, ablaze with that film’s title on the marquee. Perhaps Warhol’s influence or the Regency’s proximity to his loft aided in it’s use as a venue for the film.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on October 12, 2010 at 8:14 pm

According to the header on this theatre it would have opened in 1931.

themoviegoer
themoviegoer on October 12, 2010 at 8:04 pm

Does anyone know what year it opened? thanks.

MarkieS
MarkieS on October 8, 2010 at 3:31 am

I remember in 1977 they featured a Bette Davis/Joan Crawford film festival that lasted several weeks. Opening night was a double feature of The Old Maid and Mildred Pierce. The line was down the block. It was so exciting.

randytheicon
randytheicon on May 4, 2010 at 2:29 am

I managed to see one program at the Regency, on 2/17/1980. It was part of the “Dancing Ladies” series, and the films were “Plisetskaya Dances” (docu about a Russian ballerina), a Martha Graham short, and one of my all-time favorites, Vanessa Redgrave in “(The Loves of) Isadora.

I traveled all the way from Baltimore to see it, and sat through everything three times. (The Redgrave flick was very rarely shown here – or anywhere.)

An interesting quirk with the Regency: you could hear the rumble of IRT express trains roaring past underneath Broadway. Added to the experience.

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on March 3, 2010 at 10:28 pm

The Alden was already showing movies in 1934. In 1963 it switched from years of sub-runs and revivals to first-run German language films.

That experiment must have failed as the theatre was closed, remodeled, and re-opened in 1964 as the Regency, showing sub-runs and revivals until it became the city’s last surviving revival house. In 1987, responding to the newfound affluence of the upper west side, Cineplex Odeon remodeled the Regency once more and re-invented it as a first-run pseudo art house.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on May 1, 2009 at 9:10 pm

The Alden’s listings in Film Daily Year Books always gave an address of 1981 Broadway. I suppose the entrance could have been moved when the theatre later re-opened as the Regency…The ground site is again under re-development, following demolition of the building used by Victoria’s Secret. The new construction is from the corner of 67th Street up to the building that includes Ollie’s Restaurant.

PeterKoch
PeterKoch on February 5, 2009 at 3:11 pm

Thanks, Kieran. Glad to read you had such a good time there.

Kieranx
Kieranx on February 5, 2009 at 12:07 am

I used to go to this theater on my lunch breaks when I worked at Tower Records, two blocks down the street. Someone would cover for me, since I only got an hour. Sounds like I just missed the repertory screenings by a few months, but I more than made up for it by frequenting the Biograph, which I loved even more. I remember going here and seeing The Dead Pool, Everybody’s All American, Rocket Gibraltar, Gorillas in the Mist, Working Girl (or it might have been Talk Radio- one or the other). I stopped working at Tower in the Spring of 89 and I don’t remember going back to the theater until almost 10 years later to see The Opposite of Sex. I did really dig it, though.

KingBiscuits
KingBiscuits on September 7, 2008 at 5:39 pm

Shoot To Kill was mentioned in the earlier comments. It ran in 70mm at the theatre. Total Recall also ran in 70mm at the theatre as a moveover.

PKoch
PKoch on July 3, 2008 at 8:32 pm

Thanks, hardbop.

hardbop
hardbop on July 3, 2008 at 8:30 pm

Thanks for this information, hardbop. Do you know when the Thalia Soho closed ? I think I was last there, late January 1990.

Good question, but it was around then. I haven’t found the date it closed. It opened on November 15, 1985. I remember HARVEY MILK played there for months and it was the first time I went there. HM was released in ‘84 so I don’t know if it was another theater before it was Thalia Soho.

I remember going to the Thalia Soho in late ‘89 to see THE FRIENDS OF EDDIE COYLE. In '92 it was turned into The Cinemateque and run by the woman who ran the Bleecker Street Cinema. That was its last incarmation as a movie theater.

PKoch
PKoch on July 2, 2008 at 8:49 pm

Thanks for this information, hardbop. Do you know when the Thalia Soho closed ? I think I was last there, late January 1990.