United Artists 64th & Second

1210 2nd Avenue,
New York, NY 10021

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vindanpar on October 5, 2018 at 7:35 am

As per the Nickelodeon ad by Nyer this was to be the Music hall Christmas film but was not ready in time for the Nov opening.

TSATR set for the Easter show was then moved up. Only time I sprung for mezz tickets.

theatrefan on June 20, 2017 at 12:39 pm

This location was also one of the first to feature CDS or the Cinema Digital Sound system, circa 90/91. I wonder if there is a also a list of DTS & SDDS initial installations for their launch in 93 & 94 respectively?

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on June 20, 2017 at 9:09 am

davidcoppock, unlike other chains, UA theatres were never aligned to any particular distributor in New York City and never had many locations.

davidcoppock on June 20, 2017 at 9:00 am

After the name change to United Artists 64th & Second, did this cinema only screen United Artists films?

Coate on June 19, 2017 at 5:43 pm

The Gemini Twin was among just eleven theaters in the United States that installed the then-new Dolby Digital sound system for their engagement of “Batman Returns” which opened twenty-five years ago today. And here’s the link to a retrospective article that commemorates the occasion.

Gabi Gonzalez
Gabi Gonzalez on April 2, 2017 at 9:11 am

Hello fellow movie theater lovers,

I’m doing a project for my photojournalism class at NYU about closed down independent movie theaters in New York. I hope to gain information about people’s past experiences at these movie theaters, recollections of favorite memories or not so great experiences, perhaps economical insight, contacts with owners/managers, etc. On a larger level, I hope my project is able to show the significance of the role that these establishments play in our city and the importance of keeping them afloat.

If anyone would be willing to answer a few questions via email about your personal memories at the theater, please let me know! It could be as simple as recounting a favorite movie you remember seeing back when it was open. I would greatly appreciate your insight.

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theatrefan on July 21, 2015 at 8:28 am

The auditoriums have apparently been gutted and are awaiting rental for retail usage that has not happened yet. The marquee is still on the facade and lists the two final films that played there “Trouble With The Curve” & Won’t Back Down" the United Artists Theatres sign on the front of the Marquee was taken off when they shut this Triplex down. The lobby was intact for the longest time & Regal even left the ticketing machine inside, it’s now covered up, so I can’t get a good look inside anymore unfortunately.

Mikeoaklandpark on May 25, 2015 at 4:02 pm

Anybody know what has become of this theater?

br91975 on October 22, 2013 at 12:33 pm

Construction work has begun within the former 64th & Second space. No word as of yet on who the next tenant will be.

rivest266 on September 26, 2013 at 4:56 pm

Better copy of the grand opening ad as Columbia I & II in 1971 as well as of the July 21st grand opening ad as Gemini uploaded in the photo section for this cinema.

br91975 on September 26, 2013 at 2:17 pm

konaaz: the company representing the property is Sarasota, FL.-based Marisa Rose Management and their contact number is 941.782.8649.

Mikeoaklandpark on September 18, 2013 at 4:14 pm

Any chance of this theater reopening?

moviebuff82 on September 18, 2013 at 4:04 pm

Good for you alanem.

Alanem on September 18, 2013 at 3:31 pm

I’m a retired member of IATSE LOCAL 306 Projectionists union. I ran the projection of the opening of this theater with World Premiere of The Last Picture Show to FULL houses of 610 people, —and another 610 lined up around the block to see this film. One night, management had asked for a “snipe” (a public service notice-NO SMOKING) to be spliced into the film in the black between the end and the credits. When I came on duty for the Saturday night show the DIRECTOR Peter Bogdanovich (& girlfriend -lead actress Cybil Shepherd!) were in the audience! The District manager told me if Bogdanovich ever saw this, he would die! I quickly spliced OUT the “snipe”, but since I was splicing in black, there were NO frame lines. I was lucky to even get it out, much less keep the film in frame. Well, film ends and goes to black. As credits with quick scenes of lead actors comes on—FILM JUMPS OUT of Frame for a second. I quickly pulled it back in frame while holding the loop in the projector. Peter Bogdanovich lead actress Cybil Shepherd come up into the projection booth and ask me what happened? I told them about the snipe, and they were relieved that this would NOT happen again. Both main an Backup prints of the film were then edited correctly!

konaaz on August 19, 2013 at 7:34 pm

Can anyone tell me the contact number and name on the For Lease sign?

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on August 13, 2013 at 11:26 am

The Upper East side has extremely high property values and an aging population. Seniors who used to migrate to Florida are staying put. Older citizens without kids are more prevalent in this section of the city than in other parts of New York, making it difficult to sustain a theatre in an industry increasing focuses only on a very young demographic.

br91975 on August 13, 2013 at 11:06 am

Nothing particularly notable happening as of yet, Mike, beyond the removal of some ceiling titles in the ground-level hallway to the left of the lobby and a For Lease sign on the left-center glass entrance door which keeps falling to the floor.

Mikeoaklandpark on August 13, 2013 at 7:13 am

Anything happening with this theater? Why are all the east side theaters shuttering.

Garth on August 12, 2013 at 7:02 pm

Saw the Get Smart movie “The Nude Bomb” when it opened here in 1980.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 6, 2013 at 5:56 pm

The 1981 Boxoffice article Tinseltoes linked to says that the Columbia I and II was designed by Drew Eberson.

Mikeoaklandpark on December 3, 2012 at 1:33 pm

I was looking at the ads in the Sunday times and couldn’t find it listed and thought it might have closed. That’s 2 UA theaters in the area Regal closed. A few months back the closed the US east 85. UGH :(

DylanAsh on December 2, 2012 at 7:23 pm

I walked by today. So sad to see it go.

SethLewis on November 3, 2012 at 1:13 pm

This closing was a shock…Remember seeing Last Picture Show the opening attraction here in a crowded Saturday afternoon show…also over the years Images & The Three Musketeers (back to back in both screens), The Last Detail, then as the Gemini Buddy Holly Story, Midnight Express, Air America, Total Recall

The marquees when it was the Columbia and Gemini were quite primitive and they were always trying to wedge on coming attractions…the poster cases were often filled with homestyle posters rather than the studios 4 sheets but this was a reliable house with mostly Columbia, then later Universal, Fox and Warner product with the odd indy as filler

Was never a fan of United Artists as opposed to the local chains Rugoff and Walter Reade…they never felt as sophisticated but am genuinely sad to see another Upper East Side haunt of my youth going

fred1 on October 31, 2012 at 3:02 pm

It is not listed on the Regal website. The theater is an underperfomer not getting the top hits. I doubt it another chain will pick it up . It will probaly be made retail.

br91975 on October 31, 2012 at 10:11 am

Walked by the 64th and 2nd last night and it is now closed, with the United Artists signage removed from the top of the marquee. No ‘For Lease’ signs visible, so I imagine it’s possible, at least at this point in time, for a smaller theatre chain (I’m thinking City Cinemas) to take over the space. Otherwise, it’s another Upper East Side theatre biting the dust.