City Cinemas Village East

181 2nd Avenue,
New York, NY 10003

Unfavorite 29 people favorited this theater

Showing 1 - 25 of 127 comments

xbs2034 on May 20, 2018 at 5:58 pm

Personally, I would be in favor of fixing scratches on the negative, but since they are advertising this as an “unrestored” re-release, I do see how it goes against that idea. If you look at home media versions of many older films (usually not A-list titles which do get restored), you can often find dirt or small scratches from the print used for the home transfer still there.

bigjoe59 on May 20, 2018 at 3:41 pm


what would have been so horrible if Nolan had repaired the quite obvious scratches? he wouldn’t have changed the film just repaired it.

xbs2034 on May 20, 2018 at 11:46 am

The team preparing this version of 2001 decided to keep some tears from the original negative, instead of repairing them, as they felt it would be more authentic that way.

Obviously now that it’s been showing for a bit, new scratches may have appeared, but even a flawless print and showing of this release will have those issues.

markp on May 20, 2018 at 4:54 am

I didn’t say they caused the scratches, but in the past when I was running 70MM the same time as them, there were reports of their prints being scratched a few days into the run. It just seems funny how its already reported.

HowardBHaas on May 20, 2018 at 4:01 am

Whatever projection issues of any sort here, Peter didn’t say the theater caused any scratches. Screenings here only began Friday. There are reported issues elsewhere with this version of the movie, as to the version itself having scratches & color issues, though there’s also reported good sides to it.

markp on May 19, 2018 at 11:35 pm

Scratches already? I ran Phantom Thread in 70MM for 11 weeks and never scratched the print. Why this isn’t in the Regal E Walk or Lincoln Square where me and my team would be running it is beyond me.

PeterApruzzese on May 19, 2018 at 6:25 pm

There are projection and print issues with 2001 at the Village East, and I think a $20 ticket is a bit much, but it’s still worth seeing.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on May 19, 2018 at 2:06 pm

My daughter, whom I turned on to this movie 18 years ago when she was 8 years old (courtesy of TCM New Year’s midnight showing back in 2000-2001), is going to the 7:30 tonight to see it on the big screen for the first time in her life. I think she’s in for a special treat!

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on May 19, 2018 at 11:58 am

I saw 2001 for the 73rd time in a theater last night at the Village East. The 73rd time turned out to be one of the best. Our projectionist introduced himself before the show. He said that the patrons who’d never seen it were in for an unforgettable Friday night. He wasn’t kidding.

The print was beautiful. About 3 or 4 scratches, but they only reminded you that you were watching a 70mm print. Some scenes were darker than I’d become used to, but it made the colors more intense. The volume level was exactly what a fan of the film would want.

I went with my cousin. We saw it together in 35mm in 1969, and he didn’t like it. Tonight, he liked it.

If you’ve only seen 2001 on video, it’s a completely different experience in 70mm. It really is the ultimate trip.

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on May 17, 2018 at 11:44 am

The 7:30 showing of 2001 tomorrow night is sold out.

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on April 5, 2018 at 11:21 am

“2001: A Space Odyssey” in 70mm is going to play here starting May 18th, according to the trailer I saw last week preceding “Ready Player One”. It is quite a beautiful theater and one of the closest things Manhattan has to a real movie palace, like it says in the intro.

markp on November 14, 2017 at 5:04 am

xbs2034, I wasn’t there for that one. I was at Radio City watching the Christmas Spectacular. (My wife is a dresser there). I’m doing all the matinees everyday plus fri and sat night. Our picture does look good, I must admit.

xbs2034 on November 13, 2017 at 7:42 pm

I was lucky enough to get to go to the first showing Thursday at 7pm. The presentation was great.

markp on November 13, 2017 at 5:22 pm

xbs2034 I am the projectionist running it at Lincoln Square. What show did you see it? I am one of 3.

xbs2034 on November 13, 2017 at 9:24 am

I didn’t see Orient Express here (did at Lincoln Square) however I have seen The Master on 70mm as well as a couple digital presentations on the main screen here in recent years, and it’s a great screen.

The other screens here are pretty small and not nearly as nicely decorated. So one nice touch is for about a year now City Cinemas' website and Fandango specially mark those main screen showings under “Jaffe Art Theater” for easy information in case someone wants to see a movie on that screen.

HowardBHaas on November 13, 2017 at 4:31 am

I visited this theater for the 1st time on Saturday. In the historic auditorium (# 1) I saw “Murder on the Orient Express” shown in 70mm. It is only being shown in 70mm in LA & NYC (including in NY at the AMC Loews Lincoln Square but when I clicked online, not in the large Loews auditorium there). The ticket lobby ceiling is gloriously ornate. The main lobby or foyer as described in the Intro (I helped with the text) & the historic auditorium is, as Ross indicated in the Intro, like a Golden Age Hollywood movie palace! The stadium seated auditorium provided for great sightlines. Surround sound was very good. There are also some classics shown on some Wed evenings, sometime in 35mm. This 2017 article has great photos

markp on July 27, 2017 at 6:42 pm

Its even better at the Regal E Walk on 42nd St

moviebuff82 on July 27, 2017 at 11:17 am

That’s great news. Is the 70mm screen larger than the 70mm at amc in paramus?

cmbussmann on July 26, 2017 at 11:29 am

Dunkirk in 70mm at Village East was quite impressive.

xbs2034 on December 3, 2015 at 12:08 am

I would hope with nearly 100 theaters nationwide for the 70mm Hateful Eight, they would have at least one other Manhattan location as well. I saw The Master in 70 here, as well as some other films from time to time, but not my favorite layed out theater and a bit on the inconvenient side (close to an hour by public transportation/walking from Union Square) to get to.

If there isn’t anything close by, may wait the two weeks for the DCP wide release, as with family travels and plenty of year end releases, never can catch everything I want right during the holiday season anyway. Though the overture/intermission and six or so extra minutes (apparently a lot of landscape shots included here, and I’m a sucker for beautiful landscape shots in films) of the road show version are very tempting.

HowardBHaas on December 2, 2015 at 6:40 pm

Star Wars will be at the Ziegeld instead. The Hateful Eight in 70mm list is growing here:

Mikeoaklandpark on December 2, 2015 at 11:58 am

I have tried to find where the listing is for all theaters showing The Hateful Eight in 70 MM roadshow for two weeks and have come up empty handed. Can anybody help? This is a film that should definitely play the Ziegfeld.

movieguy on December 1, 2015 at 2:22 pm

I talked to an employee of the cinema. He confirmed that Hateful 8 WILL Be showing there for its run of two weeks. Most likely in the large original theater. Not one of the small theaters in the second and third levels

markp on December 1, 2015 at 10:54 am

I had a gentleman from Boston Light and Sound contact me but the work was in Boston for 3 weeks. Everything I would make would b e spent on hotel, etc. If it was NYC then thats a different story.