Clearview's First & 62nd

400 E. 62nd Street,
New York, NY 10021

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Clearview's First & 62nd

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Dismissed from the day it opened by locals, this 1991 multi-level multiplex survived many years while many other Upper East Side theaters 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.

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 are being 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 has begun.

Contributed by Al Alvarez

Recent comments (view all 44 comments)

optimist008 on November 16, 2016 at 11:26 am

How many floors did it have not counting the lobby please???

SethLewis on November 16, 2016 at 11:54 am

Great…UES is badly underscreened…Interesting that Cinemex and Cinepolis 2 Mexican chains now have a presence in Manhattan but far from critical mass

theatrefan on November 16, 2016 at 12:31 pm

There were 3 levels with 2 auditoriums on each level, starting with theatre #1 & 2 in the basement.

fred1 on November 16, 2016 at 1:55 pm

Seth: Where is the Cinemex theater?

br91975 on November 16, 2016 at 1:58 pm

Where was the seventh screen located and what became of it?

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on November 16, 2016 at 2:01 pm

The seventh screen was carved out of the ground level retail space after Cineplex Odeon had trouble leasing it out to anyone else.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on November 16, 2016 at 4:17 pm

Cinemex will be this location at First and 62nd;

Cinepolis is the Chelsea on West 23rd Street

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on November 16, 2016 at 4:24 pm

Here is the text of the NY Post article:

Headline: Luxury multiplex will dress up drab 62nd Street corner

Author: Steve Cuozzo

Text: It’s a Hollywood ending for the B-movie corner of First Avenue and East 62nd Street.

Mexico City-based Cinemex, the world’s sixth-largest movie theater chain, will launch a luxury multiplex at Edison Properties’ 400 E. 62nd St., also known as 1124 First Ave., The Post has learned. It will be the first in the city for Cinemex, which has nearly 300 theaters in Mexico.

The just-signed, 50,000 square-foot lease on six floors is on the site of a former Clearview multiplex, which closed in 2013. The space on the Upper East Side’s southeastern fringe has been vacant ever since. With no stores at the southeast corner of First Avenue and 62nd Street — only a Manhattan Mini Storage outpost — the sidewalk can be lonely even in the daytime.

But that’s about to change — construction of the new multiplex is to begin soon.

We reported last February that Cinemex was among movie theater operators interested in the lower levels of 28 Liberty St., the downtown skyscraper previously known as Chase Plaza. The company has been scouting other Manhattan locations as well.

Terms of the East Side deal were not immediately available. CBRE senior VP Michael Kadosh and associate Jesse Wolff represented the landlord and Newmark Grubb Knight Frank’s Jeffrey Roseman and Marc Frankel repped Cinemex.

The new Cinemex is expected to provide a luxury movie-going experience complete with reserved, plush seats and high-end food service. CBRE’s Kadosh said, “With reserved seating and dining, Cinemex means the days of waiting on a long line to get into a movie on the Upper East Side are over.”

News of the opening may hearten film-lovers who still enjoy seeing new releases in a full-scale theater. The city has lost numerous screens in the past few years, including Midtown’s legendary Ziegfeld, which closed earlier this year.

fred1 on November 17, 2016 at 5:13 am

Thanks Mike (saps).

br91975 on November 17, 2016 at 7:52 am

Thank you for the clarification, Al.

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