Cinema Village

22 E. 12th Street,
New York, NY 10003

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Cinema Village

This venerable art house has been around for decades and is virtually the last of the old Village independent cinemas that flourished during the 1960’s, 1970’s, and 1980’s. It was opened in 1963 with 310 seats in a conversion of a former fire station, to the plans of architect Alexander Zamshnick.

After several tough years, on March 5, 1999 the theater was expanded into three screens and has continued its tradition of showing independent, foreign, and classic films.

The Cinema Village evokes a different era when "independent" really meant it.

Contributed by Ross Melnick

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Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on June 27, 2018 at 6:51 am

In 1991-1992, this briefly became known as ‘Cinema 12th street’ as the ‘Cinema Village’ name moved to the Bijou. By 1993 they were know as the ‘Cinema Village’ and the ‘Cinema Village on 3rd Avenue’, respectively.

bigjoe59 on June 27, 2018 at 1:22 pm


thanks for your post. but what do you think' of my comment about the fact the CV’s men’s room has got to be the smallest of any movie theater in the city. I can’t believe it meets the NYC building code.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on June 27, 2018 at 1:50 pm

I don’t think I have ever been in their men’s room.

bigjoe59 on June 27, 2018 at 2:09 pm


to Al A. believe me its the smallest movie theater
men’s room I’ve ever seen. for instance they have
only 1 stall. again I can’t believe it meets the
NYC Building Code.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on June 27, 2018 at 9:14 pm

I wonder if it meets the building code.

bigjoe59 on June 18, 2019 at 2:35 pm


I rather enjoyed A Very Natural Thing which opened here the summer of 1974. its one of the top gay themed films ever in my opinion. oddly I don’t think its ever been issued on home video, vhs or dvd let alone Blu-ray.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on June 18, 2019 at 9:19 pm

It’s available for viewing on Amazon Prime…

bigjoe59 on June 20, 2019 at 3:20 pm

Hello –

to Mike(saps) thanks for the info. on the photo pages for this theater is the ad from when the film opened and was surprised to see it was rated R. I was never aware it had been officially rated. I remember some the sex scenes being quite graphic so I’m surprised it didn’t get an X rating at the time.

Comfortably Cool
Comfortably Cool on October 9, 2019 at 10:49 am

An assortment of exterior and interior images of Cinema Village can be viewed here

ridethectrain on November 4, 2019 at 11:28 pm

Please update, open as 3 screens on March 5, 1999.

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