City Cinemas Village East

181 Second Avenue,
New York, NY 10003

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Brianhs on October 28, 2015 at 8:16 pm

They have a poster up saying Hateful 8 will play there, there’s just no indication on 70 or not

Brianhs on October 28, 2015 at 8:15 pm

I know they had a 70 projector for The Master, but I’m unsure if they kept it after the restoration

dave-bronx™ on October 27, 2015 at 2:19 am

If they are digital and have kept any of the 35/70’s it would be in the main theatre as there is space in the booth. Cinemas 2 and 3 in the cellar each have tiny booths, originally with one film projector and one 3-stack platter and it was crowded, #2 opened in 1991 with a 35/70 machine. The two small cinemas in the cellar, 4 & 5, shared a big booth with plenty of space, but the screens are so small the 70mm would be pointless. Cinema 6 on the street level of the stagehouse had a tiny booth. #7 in the flyloft might work, the booth was a little bigger, but the screens in 6 &7, while wider than 4 & 5 in the cellar, they were not as wide as 2 & 3. From the beginning the only place 70mm made any sense in that theatre was in Cinema 1, the original, restored auditorium.

theatrefan on October 26, 2015 at 12:28 pm

When Interstellar played the 70mm was shown at the Ziegfeld, City Cinemas 1-2-3 and Lincoln Square IMAX, I don’t seem to ee Star Wars TFA as a 70mm release unfortunately. I will have to ask the manager who we know if they still have the 70mm projectors here.

Brianhs on October 26, 2015 at 11:58 am

Do they still have the 70mm projector installed in Auditorium 1 to play The Hateful Eight or (hopefully) Star Wars later this year?

theatrefan on September 17, 2015 at 11:41 am

I had the pleasure of attending a midnight screening of Rocky Horror Picture show here about 14 years ago. It was a great show and also a wonderful auditorium.

Garth on September 16, 2015 at 7:49 pm

I was here for the second time today,this time to see “Irrational Man”(if you like Woody Allen it’s his best in years).Last time,my movie was playing in one of the basement theatres, today I was sent upstairs to a magnificently restored auditorium. The movie was not centered correctly on the screen causing a brief interruption during which the house lights were raised. I didn’t mind because it gave me time to admire the theatre and it’s design. Upon leaving I noticed the marquee stated “Historic Auditorium Now Re-opened”. I recommend a visit to any fellow movie theatre enthusiasts.Also the Orville Redenbacher popcorn was fantastic.

NYer on July 18, 2015 at 8:52 pm

The 7-plex opened on February 22 1991. The only opening ad I could find in The N.Y. Times was a very tiny three inch ad on Valentines Day announcing the opening the following week. I didn’t see an opening day ad at all. Maybe they spent the money on a Village Voice ad. Ad in photo section.

Logan5 on September 24, 2014 at 2:53 pm

Anyone know when it was turned into a 7-plex?

Logan5 on September 24, 2014 at 2:50 pm

“The Rocketeer” showed at the [City] Village East in 70mm 6-Track Dolby Stereo SR beginning on Friday June 21, 1991 (the film’s nationwide release date).

Garth on December 2, 2013 at 7:11 pm

I saw “All is Lost” here today but arrived late and didn’t have time to look around. There were curtains on the screen, something I haven’t seen in 35 years. I shall return to inspect the historic theatre and try the popcorn.

dave-bronx™ on April 5, 2013 at 1:24 am

As I recall, the original projection/sound package we bought for the new 7-plex included Simplex 35/70mm machines in the main house and the largest house in the cellar, along with the 6-channel mag stereo Dolby processors, I don’t think digital had made its debut yet. The other 5 screens had Simplex 35mm machines and 4-channel Dolby processors. Plus, we got one professional grade 16mm machine with xenon lamp, I don’t recall the brand, that was set up to interface with the automation and audio systems in at least 2, if not all the screens in the cellar. Ralph Donnelly was booking the place at the time, and he made the rounds at Cannes and other prominent film festivals, and several times came back with a low-budget independent film that he thought was promising but had only 16mm prints.

techman707 on April 4, 2013 at 11:02 pm

I worked as a projectionist there in 1968 and 1969. They had strip shows and ran porn films in between the stage shows. They filmed “The Night They Raided Minsky’s” in 1968. In 1969, the play “Oh Calcutta” opened.

The theatre also went under the name of the Murray Schwartz Theater.

LouRugani on October 30, 2012 at 8:28 pm

This was the location for the film-theatre sequence in “Unfaithful” (2002). (“Mr. Hulot’s Holiday” was the feature in the storyline.)

Macalincag on September 14, 2012 at 9:38 am

They have installed two 70mm projectors for PTA’s ‘The Master’. One of them for theater 1.

They’ve had to get a lot of parts to get these projectors up and running as they haven’t been used in 20 years.

HowardBHaas on September 1, 2012 at 8:36 am

The balconies shown in the website’s photos are still open?

We will delete the “1200 seats” from the Intro.

Edward Havens
Edward Havens on September 1, 2012 at 1:56 am

The Village East Cinemas website used to have a rental pricing chart which listed the seating capacity of each theatre. According to that chart, the main house has (or had, in 2003) 444 seats.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on August 31, 2012 at 8:32 am

The theater’s official website has a few photographic glimpses of the original auditorium.

I’m sure this must have been mentioned elsewhere in this thread, but it appears that the main room no longer seats 1200. In fact, that capacity seems to have been greatly reduced, due not only to the installation of wider, high-back seats, but the conversion of the orchestra level to stadium-style seating sloping steeply from the base of the stage right up to the facing of the old balcony.

The site notes that auditoriums range in capacity from 70 to 370 seats, and nowhere does it mention anything about having 70mm projection equipment (likely due to a general lack of demand for that kind of facility).

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on August 30, 2012 at 7:48 am

So, it seems Paul Thomas Anderson’s new film, “The Master,” has been scheduled here for a 70mm engagement. Please tell me that the 70mm projectors are for the original 1200 seat auditorium?

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on August 14, 2011 at 4:22 pm

By the way, the Mayfair theatre listed in the same ad later became the Mayfair Yiddish theatre and is NOT the Embassy 1, 2, 3.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on August 14, 2011 at 4:19 pm

Advert as the Gayety in 1966.

Michael D. Jackson
Michael D. Jackson on September 18, 2010 at 6:30 pm

I was just there in the main auditorium to see LEAVES OF GRASS. The place was clean, looked fresh, smelled good and the stars of the picture were doing a talk-back after the show. The main screen retains the decor and feeling of the 1920s while the smaller screens are simple modern screening rooms. I don’t much care for the smaller screens because they don’t have much in the way of character, but I prefer them to any screen at the Angelika—those long shoebox rooms with small screens are unappealing. I very much like going to this theatre—especially if I can sit in the main auditorium. Also the lobby is beautiful.

TLSLOEWS on July 6, 2010 at 6:41 pm

Man this theatre has had a lot of A.K.A. names.

dave-bronx™ on May 3, 2010 at 11:03 pm

Not for nothin', but isn’t that Rocky stuff getting a little old? Thirty years ago it was sort of an amusing way to spend one or two uneventful Saturday nights, but time marches on and most people grow up. Are the same ‘performers’ still ‘performing’ along with the film? Do their walkers and canes get in the way?

randytheicon on May 3, 2010 at 9:47 pm

The big theatre here was the most PERFECT location for “Rocky Horror”!! The famous NYC cast made great use of the old boxes flanking the proscenium. I have numerous pics of the Halloween 1996 show, and someday I’ll scan them and post them on the web.

Unfortunately, “Rocky” was usually relegated to one of the teensy houses…