New Metro Twin

2626 Broadway,
New York, NY 10025

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Ed Solero
Ed Solero on October 1, 2013 at 2:09 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.

br91975
br91975 on October 1, 2013 at 9:34 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/

stang119
stang119 on August 11, 2013 at 7:39 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!

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on April 9, 2013 at 10:16 am

Direct link to article and photos here

stagecable
stagecable on April 9, 2013 at 8:52 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

SeaBassTian
SeaBassTian on September 14, 2012 at 10:31 pm

I am dubious about these big plans. I passed by the other day and not only was there not any work being done but there was also a Space Available banner up.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on June 8, 2012 at 5:55 am

Since there was a balcony in the original, they’ll stack them and likely utilize basement space. I anticipate at least a few of these rooms will be quite small, but I’m hoping the screen sizes remain reasonable.

NYer
NYer on June 7, 2012 at 2:39 pm

How in world are they going to build five screens with stadium seating and tables plus a lobby and kitchen in that little single screen space?

John Fink
John Fink on June 7, 2012 at 1:16 pm

The Ritz mentioned in the interview with Tim Leauge is a cool venue that was turned into two stadium seating theaters with great sight lines. I think they were working with a raw shell there but it’s a pretty classy-looking place, I’m sure The Metro will also incorporate elements of the original look. After all they are all about vintage.

With this said I love Alamo Drafthouse – they program everything down to the pre-show (imagine YouTube clips designed to get you excited about the film you’re about to see). While I also really like Nitehawk in Willliamsburg (it’s the closest thing to Alamo in the area) it’s always encouraging to see a movie theatre run by film lovers create a fun but respectful atmosphere (including kicking out talkers and texters), I think people will travel uptown for the experience. (and it makes sense to go uptown, below 14th is probably over screened so they’ll be massive compitition for product). The only thing about them that’s a little concerning is the pace at which they’re expanding….

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on June 7, 2012 at 12:36 pm

Sad that the theater was completely gutted. Seems that Alamo might have employed many of the original architectural features in the new auditoriums. It is heartening to hear that they will research the original decor and use that as a basis to design and trim the new interior.

Al… I wonder if Alamo will be able to succeed where CO wasn’t, based on their being licensed to serve liquor on the premises.

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on June 7, 2012 at 7:37 am

He’s going to run into trouble with that ‘no kids under 6’ policy. Cineplex Odeon was sued for attempting that in New York.

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on June 7, 2012 at 7:20 am

Here’s an interview with the new owner: westsiderag

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on April 17, 2012 at 12:46 pm

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thejaytrixorlikeyouknow
thejaytrixorlikeyouknow on April 10, 2012 at 5:57 am

They should turn the West Newton in Mass into an alamo drafthouse, haha. Thats cool though, now East Coasters get a chance to see what this is about.

MPol
MPol on April 9, 2012 at 8:25 pm

How cool! I hope all of you New Yorkers enjoy the Alamo DraftHouse when it moves in! If there could only be an Alamo Drafthouse coming to Boston!

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on April 9, 2012 at 11:14 am

Nice…..I always wanted to check out the Alamo Drafthouse chain….

fred1
fred1 on April 7, 2012 at 5:03 am

Thanks Saps . The link never hyper-link

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on April 6, 2012 at 6:53 pm

Here is a direct link, and below is the text of the press release (for when the link goes bad!)

Austin, TX—– Thursday, April 5, 2012—– Alamo Drafthouse Cinema is pleased to unveil its plans for its first location in New York. The five-screen Manhattan-area theater will be owned and operated by Alamo Drafthouse and located on the Upper West Side, occupying the former Metro Theater at 2626 Broadway.

“My often-stated top priority for the Alamo Drafthouse has been to open a venue in New York,” said Alamo founder and CEO Tim League. “When we discovered the availability of the historic Metro theater, we immediately knew we had found the perfect location for our new Manhattan home.”

The venue will feature five screens of new releases, repertory programming and the Alamo’s unique signature programming. Like all Alamo Drafthouse theaters, the Alamo Drafthouse at the Metro will provide food and drink service to your seat and will uphold its famously strict no-talking policy. The new theater is currently scheduled to open in 2013.

Alamo Drafthouse is now accepting applications for managers, kitchen staff, creative programmers, bartenders and waiters for the upcoming Manhattan theater. Employment applications can be downloaded at www.drafthouse.com/about/employment

For developments on Alamo Drafthouse at the Metro, follow us on Twitter @drafthouse and Facebook.com/AlamoDrafthouse.

fred1
fred1 on April 6, 2012 at 5:33 pm

Here is an article of Alamo coming to NYC http://fantasticfest.com/blog/entry/alamo_drafthouse_goes_to_new_york

HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on April 6, 2012 at 5:21 am

I had previously linked them, but today I’ve added to the photo section my half dozen photos of the ornate auditorium when still open, before gutted.

fred1
fred1 on April 5, 2012 at 4:24 pm

According to the Ny PostAlamo Drafthouse aquirred the leaseof 2-3 business to make it a 5 plex

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on April 5, 2012 at 2:58 pm

This is great news!

NedMerrill
NedMerrill on April 5, 2012 at 1:35 pm

Now the New York home of the Alamo Drafthouse: http://www.slashfilm.com/alamo-drafthouse-announces-york-city-expansion-2013/

LuisV
LuisV on January 4, 2012 at 10:04 am

Well, the owner of the Metro has finally found a new tenant though he is not saying who it is. Sadly, it appears that the interior has been gutted for use as retail. The exterior and marquee are protected.


The long vacant Art Deco Metro Theater at 2626 Broadway, between 99th and 100th streets, is set to be reborn as a retail destination, after owner Albert Bialek filed an application with the city’s Department of Buildings in late December 2011 for a $900,000 renovation that will convert the interior of the 79-year-old theater, DNAinfo reported. A retail tenant has already signed on to lease the space, which has been empty for six years, though the identity of the store was not immediately available. ”It’s something that everyone in the neighborhood will love, I think,” Bialek said.

Last year, Bialek, president of real estate consulting firm Albert Bialek Associates, gained control of the Metro, an Upper West Side landmark, from leaseholder John Souto. Souto had a 49-year lease on the property, which had formerly served as a pornography house, art-house movie theatre and two national cinema chains.