Bay Cinema

570 2nd Avenue,
New York, NY 10016

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The Kips Bay Theatre was opened in 1962 with Anthony Quinn in “Requiem for a Heavyweight”. This was a modern theatre which was surprisingly large on the inside but small on the outside. It was nestled in a small strip mall in the Kips Bay section of Manhattan. It had a decent size screen which often exhibited 70mm presentations.

This theatre was like a minature version of the Beekman Theatre, which was about 30 blocks north. The curtains opened and closed before each presentation and was operated first by Walter Reade Theatres and then by Cineplex Odeon, its final owner.

The first and only time I visited this theatre I saw the movie “Adventures in Babysitting” which was featured in the 70mm print it was awesome. It closed not long after in the early-1990’s and was dormant for a little while, then they demolished the whole strip mall to make way for the current AMC Loews Kips Bay 15.

Contributed by Jamal P. Savage

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steve Lewis
steve Lewis on August 18, 2007 at 7:14 am

Yes it was porno in the 70’s I was there working as a projectionist. It was run by neeteo (or neato) theaters and were a great company to work for. When Walter Reade took it over I was there showing the opening day through ET (that ran 6 months) until the early 80s.

I actually wrired the 8 track mag sound in that theater when they put dolby in. I kept that theater running great and we had great sound and presentation. I really miss the place but life goes on.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on August 22, 2007 at 12:53 pm

The exclusive reserved performance engagement of a film about a man in love with a pig. Ah, the sixties!

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Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on February 3, 2008 at 4:51 pm

The Bay Cinema will live in movie history after all with a cameo in LOVE STORY, of all films.

In the scene where Jenny and Oliver drive into New York you can see them drive by the Bay Cinema with the free standing marquee advertising FUTZ.

steve Lewis
steve Lewis on February 4, 2008 at 6:42 am

There was also a porno movie that had the porno star buck naked in the booth of the Bay Cinema. I actually showed that movie but alas was not there when they filmed it. I believe that it was Neeto theater productions that filmed that movie there.

edblank on May 27, 2008 at 6:17 pm

How interesting that the staff could not pop popcorn during the movies. That’s one of the things I miss from the old days: the sound and aroma of popcorn popping. I was a goner when my senses picked them up. Had to slip back to the lobby to make a purchase.

Kieranx on January 29, 2009 at 5:17 pm

Man, I loved this theater, but it was so out of the way, I only went twice- They Live in ‘88 and Postcards From the Edge in '90. I do remember driving home from the airport a lot and passing it and craning my neck to catch what they were showing.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on February 13, 2010 at 7:01 pm

Closed on January 6, 1994.

zoetmb on March 14, 2015 at 8:42 pm

I saw Monterey Pop here in 4-track mag. It was great. When I saw it later in Boston with the director present, it was in optical mono. A drag.

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