United Artists 64th & Second
1210 2nd Avenue,
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Opened in 1971 as the Columbia I & II, it was one of the better twin cinemas built at that time and was designed by architect Drew Eberson. The downstairs auditorium has the look of a single screen theatre complete with stage and luxurious drapes. The upstairs auditorium is not as nice but still scores above most. When UA added the third screen in an acquired space next store, they gave it it’s present moronic name. Why must theatres be names after the street they are on? What happened to names like Rialto, Roxy and Star?
Later known as the Gemini Cinemas, another noteworthy thing is that this theatre was run for many years by Bob Meyer who started his career as an usher in the Roxy. He was the last of a dying breed of old time theatre managers who knew what showmanship was all about. My friend ran this theatre after Bob Meyers' sad passing. He felt the theatre reached its zenith with the two week Manhattan exclusive of “Bugsy”.
Some of those that came there to see it were Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Tom Cruise, Liza Minnelli and Joan Rivers. The staff adored Liza. She always tipped the candy people $20, telling them they work harder than anyone else there.
It was closed around September 2012.
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