Big Cinemas Manhattan

239 E. 59th Street,
New York, NY 10022

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Bruce C.
Bruce C. on September 9, 2017 at 9:44 am

The old theater is now the Tracy Anderson Group Classes Cafe. A photo taken on August 14, 2017 has been added.

David_Schneider on March 29, 2016 at 12:24 pm

The other ImaginAsian was in Los Angeles with its own page on Cinema Treasures, now as the Downtown Independent, but still has its cool looking exterior.

RobertR on February 5, 2015 at 8:27 am

Come on the theatre could get big bookings with all the other cinemas closed

RobertR on September 18, 2014 at 6:03 am

The marquee is lit up with a for lease sign but I guess this is going to go retail :(

RobertR on July 16, 2014 at 6:44 am

Anything going on here? I keep hoping it reopens hate to see it closed

RobertR on March 27, 2014 at 12:59 pm

The East side used to be a BOOMING movie area. Other then the 3 films playing at Cinema 1-2-3 couldn’t this theatre have its pick of releases?

robboehm on March 11, 2014 at 6:36 am

Garth – Isn’t it really about product rather than seating? There are two small single screen theaters on Long Island which do quite well exhibiting several different films each day for several days rotating the times shown.

RobertR on March 11, 2014 at 6:29 am

If City Cinemas (who used to operate this) or another operator who could get good product came here they might make a go of it. Even though the days of the single screen are over, the neighborhood is painfully under screened. I ran this theatre many eons ago and hate to see it close.

Garth on February 2, 2014 at 7:11 am

I was hoping to check out the theatre due to it’s history but was not interested in the films they showed. I would put it’s chances of finding new owners as slim to none. It is just not financially viable to operate a single screen movie house with no stadium seating on the UES or anywhere. In the old days it would have become a revival house, a showcase for foreign films or a discount second run location.

fred1 on January 29, 2014 at 3:59 pm

All Big cinemas in the NY market are close. They were dumb enough to play bollywood flicks and thus limit its audience. I wont be suprised how much their theaters were rundown as they put zero dollars.

SethLewis on January 29, 2014 at 12:28 pm

This was the Cine Malibu, then the D.W. Griffith, then the 59th St. East under Cineplex Odeon, then the Big Manhattan…interesting evolution from soft porn to art house to second run showcase to first run to Bollywood… Flew the flags of Rugoff/Cinema 5/City Cinemas/Walter Reade/Cineplex Odeon before Big…Not to sniff at first run engagements of pictures like Steve McQueen’s Le Mans, Jaws 2, Connery/Hoffman & Broderick in Family Business A shame if City couldn’t find value as a second run spillover house between the Cinema ½/3 and Beekman in the now woefully underscreened UES

Mikeoaklandpark on January 29, 2014 at 8:54 am

City Cinemas should take it over and make it Cinema 4

br91975 on January 28, 2014 at 10:14 am

Walked by this cinema last night and noticed it was closed, as per its blank marquee, Big Cinemas signage painted black and sign posted on one of the main theatre entry doors. Too soon to tell if another operator might take over or if a retail conversion is next.

On another note, Midtown East now has more physically vacant screens – this one, the three at 64th & 2nd, and the six at 1st & 62nd – than it does operating ones (the three at the Cinema 1, 2 & 3 and the two at the Beekman).

ChrisHe on November 1, 2013 at 1:06 pm

Amazing that this cinema has managed to remain open in a part of Manhattan that used to be a movie-goers destination w/ all the cinemas that were in the area. Now it is this and the Cinema 1,2,3 around the corner. I used to attend when it was called “ImaginAsian” but there was never many people in attendance when I went, so I wasn’t surprised when they pulled the plug. I haven’t been there since it became Big Cinemas and began featuring, for the most part, Bollywood fare.

SethLewis on June 8, 2013 at 10:54 am

Opened as the D.W.Griffith with a festival of films by the great man himself with live organ accompaniment…Saw Birth of a Nation there…

CSWalczak on March 17, 2010 at 2:36 pm

This theater will now be known as BIG Cinemas Manhattan, as it has been acquired by India’s largest cinema chain; story here: View link

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on February 18, 2010 at 8:38 pm

In 1973 the Cine Malibu was a Walter Reade Theatre.

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Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on December 18, 2009 at 9:48 pm

Interesting file but not correct. This opened as the Cine Malibu in 1969.

The 1962 D.W Griffith was actually the Bijou in Times Square, not this one.

FSL on September 22, 2009 at 12:52 pm

And here is the whole history. It opened as the DW Griffith in 1962, was the Cine Malibu from 1969-1977, and more

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FSL on September 22, 2009 at 12:47 pm

And by May of that year, the Cine Malibu was showing the art porn film “I Am Curious (Blue)”, per this NY Magazine listing

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FSL on September 22, 2009 at 12:41 pm

Confirming it was the Cine Malibu as early as March 1970, as per this NY Times review of a French movie (rated GP, the equivalent at the time of PG)

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RobertR on April 17, 2009 at 12:45 pm

Kiss of the Spider Woman
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edblank on May 27, 2008 at 9:17 pm

Is this theater doing any business?