Cinepolis Chelsea Cinemas

260 W. 23rd Street,
New York, NY 10011

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New Bow Tie auditorium

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On the site where Cavanagh’s Irish Steak and Ale House stood from 1876 ‘til 1971 (followed by after-hours club Galaxy 21 in the mid-1970’s and storefront performance space the Squat Theatre in the late-1970’s and early-1980’s), Cineplex Odeon unveiled Manhattan’s then-largest multiplex on July 14, 1989.

On that date, the theater’s first six auditoriums featured “Do the Right Thing”, “Weekend at Bernie’s”, and, with one print being shown in 70mm, “Lethal Weapon 2”. The final three auditoriums of the $15 million facility opened later in the year.

Management of the facility was assumed by Clearview Cinemas in late-Autumn of 1998 during the divestiture of 13 Cineplex Odeon houses throughout Manhattan resulting from a consent decree deal struck between merging Loews Theatres and Cineplex Odeon to satisfy the state’s Attorney General and the Department of Justice. In June 2013, Bow-Tie Cinemas took over. In late-2014 the theatre was being remodeled, with all-new extra wide rocking chairs with extra legroom, and reserved seating. In July 2016 it was taken over by Cinepolis.

Contributed by Damien Farley

Recent comments (view all 77 comments)

Scott Neff
Scott Neff on July 6, 2016 at 2:47 pm

Cinepolis has some good photoshop skills to get those signs up over the theatres on their website.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on July 6, 2016 at 3:23 pm

The description from their website:

Located in the heart of Chelsea, Cinepolis Chelsea offers the latest films with offers state-of-the-art digital projection and sound. Cinepolis Chelsea is also home to “HEDDA PRESENTS THE CLASSICS” Film Series, weekly Rocky Horror Picture Show screenings and numerous film festivals, including the prestigious Tribeca Film Festival. The nine screen theater features reserved seating in a traditional environment and offers all your concessions favorites.

(Hedda wasn’t sure the series would continue, but it looks like it will…! Yay)

theatrefan on July 7, 2016 at 4:44 am

Bow Tie seemed to be fully committed to this location as witnessed by the extensive renovations they had carried out. I wonder what changed their mind? I guess the “price was right” it’s also interesting to note that four of the five locations acquired by Cinepolis were former Clearview Cinemas. This now gives Cinepolis the entry point into the lucrative Northeastern marketplace. I wonder if they will try their Luxury Cinema Dining & Alcoholic Beverage/Bar concept at the Chelsea? Only time will tell.

optimist008 on July 7, 2016 at 9:56 am

John Fink, please message me via : , also, thought that clearances have only been ended by a few studios. Glad to see Cinepolis coming to town and they are also opening in Stratford, CT.

fred1 on July 7, 2016 at 11:08 am

You are right Optimist but it is only in the planning stage Here is the article:

mhvbear on July 7, 2016 at 11:24 am

Not likely to happen at the Chelsea. NYC is an extremely difficult city to get a liquor licence unless they can buy an existing permit.

John Fink
John Fink on July 7, 2016 at 2:33 pm

The theater served a limited beer and wine selection during Tribeca this year (only on the top floors – not in the main lobby). As for the clearance issue – everyone except Warners and Sony are licensing to whomever wants to show their films first run (The new X-Men oddly ended up screening in at the Regal, AMC, City Cinemas, and Cinema Village (!) down in the Union Square area).

xbs2034 on July 7, 2016 at 9:46 pm

Went here tonight, and it’s clearly in a transition period. The Bowtie signage outside was gone, with just a simple Cinepolis banner in its place, and the Cinepolis logo was used before the movie, but the ticket and seats still bore the Bowtie logo. Concessions seemed no different than under Bowtie, but that may be updated in the future.

Overall, never been really impressed with this theater, not a convenient location for me, screens on the smaller size, and masking either not used or properly set up, though the theater is notable to me as being the first in NY with digital projection when it played An Ideal Husband in Summer 1999.

bigjoe59 on July 8, 2016 at 1:42 pm


i saw Me Before You here a few weeks ago. i’m assuming the deal was already in the works at the time. the question i have is simple- with all the $$$ Bow Tie put into renovating the theater and updating the projection and sound in the auditoriums why would they sell?

xbs2034 on July 8, 2016 at 5:37 pm

The two obvious reasons BowTie would sell are either the theater wasn’t doing the business they were hoping for (someone who came to this theater more often than me could probably say if the renovations led to a big increase in attendance), or Cinepolis' offer was too attractive to pass up.

It could be Cinepolis was interested in trying to get into the Manhattan market (plenty of exhibitors are) and probably easier to make a deal with BowTie than a mega chain like Regal or AMC.

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