CMX Cinemas New York 62nd Street

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

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CMX Cinemas New York 62nd Street

Dismissed from the day it opened by locals, this 1991 multi-level 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.

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.

Contributed by Al Alvarez

Recent comments (view all 48 comments)

br91975 on November 16, 2016 at 9:58 pm

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

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on November 16, 2016 at 10:01 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 17, 2016 at 12:17 am

Cinemex will be this location at First and 62nd;

Cinepolis is the Chelsea on West 23rd Street

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on November 17, 2016 at 12:24 am

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 1:13 pm

Thanks Mike (saps).

br91975 on November 17, 2016 at 3:52 pm

Thank you for the clarification, Al.

thehorror13 on May 21, 2018 at 4:59 am

The theater should open real soon. It is now listed on the CMX app and website as coming soon.

thehorror13 on May 21, 2018 at 5:19 am

This page should be ready to get a new name soon:

CMX Cinemas New York East 62nd Street

xbs2034 on October 10, 2018 at 4:49 pm

The new CMX theater opens with evening shows on October 18th

Comfortably Cool
Comfortably Cool on February 8, 2019 at 3:35 pm

This now includes a dining/cocktails venue CMX Cinebistro. The auditorium itself has been described as “an all black space that looks like a college campus’s perfunctory performing-arts center.” Numerous reviews and photos can be found here

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