Plaza Theatre

42 East 58th Street,
New York, NY 10022

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The Plaza Theatre opened on January 20, 1930, and was designed in a Tudor style. This theatre later had a modern style that somewhat mirrored the Beekman Theatre with it’s rising balcony toward the back. It had a decent sized screen and sound. The curtains closed after every presentation. I saw “Crossing Delancey” there, and a year before it closed I saw the indie film “Straight Outta Brooklyn” there. It was on a side street and was hard to find. It’s amazing how that theatre stayed in business.

It closed in January 1996 and became some kind of tourist attraction showing films about New York like the old New York Experience used to do in Rockefeller Center. That later stopped and now it’s home to an Asian sushi restuarant named Tao.

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jay58 on August 19, 2013 at 8:41 pm

D-B: I was a shareholder and went to the meetings around the corner at 595 Madison and I don’t remember Alexandra. I think she came on board after my time.

jay58 on August 19, 2013 at 8:52 pm

I just uploaded some pictures that I think you will like.

rivest266 on September 25, 2013 at 12:18 am

Uploaded the small grand opening ad in the photo section for this cinema.

Vinniep on April 1, 2014 at 7:04 am

I was sad to hear of the passing of Eddie Lawrence, the “Old Philosopher”. In the late 1960’s Eddie used to come by the Plaza and try out some of his new material on us. He was a kind and gentle man.

jay58 on April 1, 2014 at 12:59 pm

Thanks, Vinnep. I hadn’t seen the obit. Neighbor Eddie Eisner lived next door to the Plaza in the same building where I and my siblings were raised.

Jctorres on July 24, 2014 at 3:35 pm

My name is Julio Torres and I also worked at the Plaza Cinema for Alexandra Jones. When I started working there, Diva was being shown followed by the Pasant due San Souci. I can’t remember every movie we had there but I do remember those I worked with. I would like to know of what happened to them. What happen to Ms. Jones, the old janitor who looked like he was 120 years old when I worked there. Tara Leigh Spitzef concession it’s along with me. Gary Smith Usher. There was once a beautiful cashier who was from Belize. Mr. Joyner who managed the DWGriffith. Any feed back would be appreciated. I am living in Florida and am a public school teacher.

ralphebuoy on January 27, 2015 at 2:51 am

my mother worked at the essex house hotel for many years. i remember seeing ‘darby o'gill and the little people’, i believe it was at the plaza, around 1959 or so. my mother was born in ireland so she was had a vested interest in taking me along. I have an unrelated question though . I am almost positive there is/was a small movie theater in the 59th corner of the plaza hotel but i can;t remember the name. does anyone remember that? or am i just delusional as i tried to google it to no avail

dave-bronx™ on January 27, 2015 at 3:26 am

Cinema 3 (with an Arabic 3, not Roman) was in the Plaza Hotel, in a former disco on the lower level in the northeast corner of the building. When the lease was up in the early 1990s the hotel had other plans for the space, I believe it became a health club, operated for the benefit of the hotel guests.

jay58 on January 27, 2015 at 4:14 pm

Hi, dave-bronx: How do you remember this stuff? I think that Cinema 3 was also a Rugoff creation, no?

dave-bronx™ on January 27, 2015 at 4:59 pm

Yes, Cinema 3 was indeed the brainchild of Donald Rugoff. Although I worked for C5Ltd in the post-Rugoff era, I don’t recall ever being in Cinema 3. Aside from its location and the fact that they took phone reservations I couldn’t tell you much more about it.

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