Clearview's First & 62nd

400 East 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 is still surviving while many other Upper East Side theaters continue 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 will close, as the building’s owner will demolish and replace with a new construction. It was closed in June 2013.

Contributed by Al Alvarez

Recent comments (view all 32 comments)

SethLewis
SethLewis on May 1, 2013 at 9:20 am

As ordinary as this cinema is…was there last year and saw The Descendants…it breaks my heart that Eastsiders have to cross town or hit Times Square to go the movies…this is barely 20 years old this complex

Mikeoaklandpark
Mikeoaklandpark on May 1, 2013 at 9:41 am

I agree Seth Lewis. I lived in NYC from 76-83 and it kills me that all the theaters east side and west side are almost as distict as dinsours.

rivest266
rivest266 on June 13, 2013 at 7:12 pm

I uploaded an grand opening ad from July 25th, 1991 for the opening the next day. Someone else uploaded another ad also saying grand opening on November 27th.

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on June 13, 2013 at 7:34 pm

rivest266, that July opening date never happened in spite of the ad. The city fire department refused to approve the width of the escalators they had previously specified. After some negotiations, (read cash changed hands), an opening day was re-arranged in November.

atb
atb on June 22, 2013 at 5:14 pm

Closed. No one notices, no one cares.

mhvbear
mhvbear on June 23, 2013 at 8:38 am

It actually closed a couple of weeks ago. Cinemas are becoming slim pickings on the East Side. One would think the Eastside would be a good location for an ArcLight .

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on July 3, 2013 at 5:39 pm

Bow Tie is NOT in the house. I wonder why.

RobertR
RobertR on August 11, 2013 at 9:07 am

This theatre never caught on which is strange since it became the only game in town after all the 3rd Ave closings. I wonder if the 59 St. East is going to get primo bookings now?

rivest266
rivest266 on September 22, 2013 at 12:25 pm

Thanks, Al. about the delayed opening information.

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