Bow Tie Chelsea Cinemas

260 West 23rd Street,
New York, NY 10011

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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.

Contributed by Damien Farley

Recent comments (view all 66 comments)

markp on September 29, 2015 at 6:44 pm

theatrefan, thats exactly what happened in January. When they booked the film they asked if we have 35MM capabilities and when management said yes, we got it. Loved making those changeovers, especially after seeing it in 70MM at the Ziegfeld. We have the same set up for digital with the dvd player, scaler, etc. It is what it is.

theatrefan on September 30, 2015 at 6:14 am

markp, yes I got to see it at the Imax in Lincoln Square, the picture was nothing short of amazing. Besides the Ziegfeld & Lincoln Square the only other theatre in the city that had it in 70mm was the Cinema 1,2,3 on Third Avenue. I hope the people at the Loew’s Jersey get the 70mm set up and running one day, but they have more pressing matters to attend to. In the meantime I continue to seek out the special films I want to see in a theatre again, whether it’s a Traditional Film, DCP, DVD or Blu-Ray as long as you have an enjoyable experience and well done presentation by staff that cares it makes for a great time at the movies for the guests.

markp on September 30, 2015 at 9:31 am

theatrefan, Im with you on that.

robboehm on November 22, 2015 at 11:42 am

Facade looks far richer than when it was first built.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on June 24, 2016 at 4:53 am

Bow-tie has sold the theater; new owners take over July 1st, 2016.

I heard the name but can’t remember it; details to follow.

robboehm on June 24, 2016 at 7:07 am

Bow-tie has unloaded a lot of the theaters they acquired from Clearview.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on June 24, 2016 at 8:01 am

I think it’s Cinepolis, a Mexican exhibitor with eight US houses; details to follow…

fred1 on June 24, 2016 at 8:45 am

But Robboehm, Bowtie is a stronger company

mhvbear on June 24, 2016 at 9:23 am

Big surprise. Bowtie did a great job with the remodel and I would assume it is a profitable location. When I lived in NYC it was always my choice of theaters over the AMC and Regal locations.

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