New Metro Twin
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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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