United Artists 64th & Second

1210 Second Avenue,
New York, NY 10021

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theatrefan on July 21, 2015 at 1:28 pm

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 9:02 pm

Anybody know what has become of this theater?

br91975 on October 22, 2013 at 5:33 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 9:56 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 7:17 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 9:14 pm

Any chance of this theater reopening?

moviebuff82 on September 18, 2013 at 9:04 pm

Good for you alanem.

Alanem on September 18, 2013 at 8:31 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 20, 2013 at 12:34 am

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

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on August 13, 2013 at 4:26 pm

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 4:06 pm

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 12:13 pm

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

Garth on August 13, 2013 at 12:02 am

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

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 6, 2013 at 10:56 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 6:33 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 3, 2012 at 12:23 am

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

SethLewis on November 3, 2012 at 5:13 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 7:02 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 2:11 pm

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.

HowardBHaas on March 29, 2012 at 12:28 pm

Regal’s website has “Stadium” in the theater’s title. How did stadium seating change the auditoriums' looks, screen sizes, etc?

Mikeoaklandpark on June 13, 2011 at 7:12 pm

Does the sign still say United Artists, or have they changed it to Regal?

HowardBHaas on June 3, 2011 at 8:23 pm

I telephoned today and the staffer replied that each of the 3 auditoriums has about 400 seats. Anybody been recently in one of the 2 original auditoriums? How’s the digital projection? surround sound? screen size?

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on January 27, 2011 at 2:55 am

Another Columbia 1 and 2 Theatres.Great.