New Metro Twin

2626 Broadway,
New York, NY 10025

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New Metro Twin

Opening as the Midtown Theater, this classic theater, located almost 60 blocks north of Times Square, survived several tumultuous years.

Beginning as a first run single screen theater, the Midtown Theater, was taken over by New York Cinemas and was twinned and renamed the Metro Twin. The former balcony became the second auditorium, but elaborate ornamentation remained on view in both spaces. It switched to second run and then adult films during New York City’s darker years (the 1970’s and 1980’s).

It was taken over by Cineplex Odeon. They were taken over by Clearview Cinemas who restored the movie theater.

This underrated theater closed in January 2003, shortly after the nearby Olympia Theatre met the reaper, but reopened only a couple months later.

The Metro Twin was once more closed by Clearview in August 2004 but again reopened under independent ownership in December 2004 after a renovation. The New Metro Twin closed once again at the end of 2005. The beautiful and unique Art Deco style facade is legally protected, but the interior was gutted and offered for retail.

In April 2012, it was announced the New Metro Twin would be reopened by the Alamo Drafthouse chain in 2013 as a 5-screen theatre on 3 levels. In September 2013, these plans were scrapped.

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stagecable
stagecable on April 9, 2013 at 10:52 am

Photos of the construction progress: http://www.westsiderag.com/2013/04/08/heres-a-first-peek-at-the-transformation-of-the-old-metro-theate

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on April 9, 2013 at 12:16 pm

Direct link to article and photos here

stang119
stang119 on August 11, 2013 at 9:39 am

With the Alamos, construction looks can be deceiving. The old Movieland in Yonkers looked for months as if nothing was happening and plans were abandoned. Then all of a sudden, like Christmas, it opened! And it’s beautiful! Don’t worry, it’ll be fine!

br91975
br91975 on October 1, 2013 at 11:34 am

Alamo Drafthouse won’t be opening at the Metro, after all: http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/10/01/alamo-drafthouse-scraps-plan-for-upper-west-side-movie-theater/

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on October 1, 2013 at 4:09 pm

Damn… That is too bad. Seemed like an ideal salvage for this old structure. Now, I’m sure, whatever is left of the place is destined to be hauled away as rubble.

HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on August 23, 2015 at 11:47 am

not sure if this listing is current re what sounds like vendor booths http://www.besenretail.com/2626-broadway.htm

Metropolite
Metropolite on October 17, 2015 at 5:41 am

New York Times – October 17, 2015.
Metro To Become Fitness Center

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/17/nyregion/landmark-metro-theater-in-manhattan-to-be-reborn-as-a-planet-fitness.html?ref=nyregion&_r=0

theatrefan
theatrefan on October 18, 2015 at 11:19 am

It’s a shame that Alamo Drafthouse could not make it work as a movie theatre. Well at least the exterior has landmark status, so that can’t change it, thankfully.

bigjoe59
bigjoe59 on February 20, 2018 at 6:02 pm

Hello- after Alamo scraped their plans is the' theater just sitting there boarded up?

ridethectrain
ridethectrain on August 13, 2019 at 12:46 am

Please correct your desciption, New York Cinemas (owners of Cinema Studio and Lincoln Plaza Cinemas) ran the Metro Theatre. They made that theatre a twin with only one auditorium Dolby Stereo.. Clearview took the theatre over from Cineplex Odeon after they were force to sell some theatres off when they merge with Loews.. I enclose a ad with NYC owning the theatre

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