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 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 will close, as the building’s owner will demolish and replace with a new construction. It was closed in June 2013 and in 2015 was in use as a storage facility.

Contributed by Al Alvarez

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Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on June 14, 2013 at 1:34 am

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 on June 22, 2013 at 11:14 pm

Closed. No one notices, no one cares.

mhvbear on June 23, 2013 at 2:38 pm

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 11:39 pm

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

RobertR on August 11, 2013 at 3:07 pm

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 on September 22, 2013 at 6:25 pm

Thanks, Al. about the delayed opening information.

Mikeoaklandpark on May 25, 2015 at 4:07 pm

Any update if this theater was demolished?

Bruce C.
Bruce C. on July 6, 2015 at 6:11 pm

As of the end of June 2015, the building is still standing. It is currently being used by Manhattan Mini Storage.

pnelson on July 6, 2015 at 10:01 pm

Not too bad looking for what it is or was.

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