Bay Cinema

570 Second Avenue,
New York, NY 10016

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AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on February 13, 2010 at 7:01 pm

Closed on January 6, 1994.

Kieranx
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.

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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.

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.

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez 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.

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez 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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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.

ACooke108
ACooke108 on August 15, 2007 at 5:52 pm

Saw the Joe Cocker film “Mad Dogs and Englishmen” in the early 70’s when the theater was called “Kips Bay”. That’s how it was advertised. I think it should be listed that way on this site, as I thought it was missing. Glad it’s here, anyway.

macheath48
macheath48 on March 28, 2007 at 9:03 am

The Kip’s Bay Cinema (I always remember the word “KIP” in front of it, was a gigantic screened theater right near the East River. It did play The Endless Summer for quite a spell and was one of the few, selected, theaters to show ET when it first opened.

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on December 29, 2006 at 11:07 pm

Warren, it was indeed always the KIPS BAY until the January 1978 Walter Reade take-over. The porn years started in 1971.

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on October 21, 2006 at 10:56 pm

Jkane, prophetically advertised as THE FIRST ROGER CORMAN FILM FESTIVAL it was a precursor to the Kips Bay’s exclusive first run of “GAS”, starring Country Joe and the Fish.

JKane
JKane on October 21, 2006 at 6:13 am

AlAlvarez, thanks for the verification; didn’t realize it was that early. Wonder who programmed it. It was great fun seeing those ‘50s & '60s films on the big screen in a festival-like environment, even if the turnout was pretty weak. I believe the Museum of Modern Art had an AIP tribute a little later in the 70s, with Panic in Year Zero! & X—The Man With the X-Ray Eyes among the attractions.

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on October 21, 2006 at 4:39 am

JKane, according to the NYT, the Roger Corman festival ran in early 1971 at the Kips Bay.

JKane
JKane on October 20, 2006 at 6:36 pm

I think it was the Kips Bay that hosted a Roger Corman festival around the mid-70s. A great lineup (Day the World Ended, Atlas, et al) but a bit ahead of its time, I think (before Roger was widely recognized as a moving force in the film world), since I recall attendance being pretty sparse at most shows. If it wasn’t the Kipps Bay, it was another theater nearby (East 30s) but I’m pretty sure it was this one.

MisterShmi
MisterShmi on July 15, 2006 at 10:39 pm

Saw The Outsiders here when I was 9. I was real young, but I remember walking in and the screen seeming HUGE!

ScottMullen
ScottMullen on December 18, 2005 at 4:18 pm

I ran this place for a couple of months. “Field of Dreams” was huge there during that period. The theater was sort of annoying to run though; very little lobby space, plus there were no doors on the theaters, just curtains. So we couldn’t let anyone in until the previous show had cleared out, and we couldn’t pop popcorn during the movie.

RobertR
RobertR on October 23, 2005 at 6:20 am

Anytime AIT needed a filler in the 60’s and 70’s they would book “Fantasia” here.
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KipsBayer
KipsBayer on February 26, 2005 at 6:53 pm

I’ve been to that old Kips Bay theatre many times and still live in the area. The actual theatre took up most of the space it lived in. It didn’t have much of a lobby and had a narrow hall in the back from which to enter and exit. The theatre’s screen was hugh, yet it had the smallest consession stand (always a line). I remember when you went to find a seat the theatre was always too dark, maybe to cover up its age. And walking down the aisle towards the front you felt like you were walking downhill. The last film I saw there was Joe Versus The Volcano. It was great…. but a little sad. My girlfriend and I were the only ones in the theatre. I suppose the end was near.

longislandmovies
longislandmovies on December 3, 2004 at 4:33 am

This theater had a desk (built IN) as a box office one of the few theaters i have ever seen with this set up.

Astyanax
Astyanax on December 2, 2004 at 7:21 pm

Saw Monterey Pop at the Kips Bay in ‘68. It was incredible to experience both Janis Joplin & Jimi Hendrix on that big screen

longislandmovies
longislandmovies on August 24, 2004 at 11:08 am

always liked this theater not big or grand but a nice theater to see a movie

steve Lewis
steve Lewis on August 24, 2004 at 10:13 am

I worked at the Kips Bay as the projectionist during the porno days as well as after Walter Reade changed it to the Bay Cinema. I was flabergasted that a porn house had ToddAO 35/70MM projectors showing porn. There is one porno movie that actually was shot partially in the Kips Bay booth.

When Walter Reade opened it again as a first run theater I was the projectionist for the opening day and stayed there for quite a number of years. I actually rewired the booth for Dolby mag sound and Albert Broccoli actually commented that the Bay Cinema gave the best performance of one of the Bond movies we showed.

I opened ET there that ran for 6 months and was proud to have this movie house be known as one of the best presentations in New York. When Woody Allen opened Stardust Memories in the Bay Cinema I worked with United Artists and they put in Xenon lamps (took away the old carbon arc lamps) and a new screen.

I really enjoyed working there and sometimes miss the fun we used to have. I have lot’s of stories to tell about this great theater.