First & 62nd St. Cinemas
400 E. 62nd Street,
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Dismissed by locals from the day it opened on November 27, 1991, this multi-level 6-screen multiplex survived many years while many other Upper East Side theatres continued to close. Built by Cineplex Odeon as the long delayed replacement for the highly sought after Baronet & Coronet property, the site never gained the clout it needed and the Baronet & Coronet lasted longer as a result. It opened as a sixplex, and later a seventh screen was added in a vacant storefront on the ground floor, giving a total of 1,931-seats.
A Garth Drabinsky faux marble plex with good sound, smallish screens, and a victim of that unique Manhattan crime of being one block too far.
A battle with the city over the escalator caused several aborted openings. The seventh screen apparently came and went.
In 2013, Clearview Cinemas were sold to Bow Tie Theatres, but this movie theatre closed in June 2013. In 2015 a section of the building was in use as a storage facility. In November 2016 it was taken over by Mexico City based Cinemex and renovation began. It reopened as the CMX Cinemas New York 62nd Street on October 18, 2018.
This theater is another casualty of the COVID-19 pandemic, it was shut down permanently in March, 2020. The building has been gutted.
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