260 West 23rd Street,
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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-1970s and storefront performance space the Squat Theatre in the late 1970s and early 1980s), 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.
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