Eastside Cinema

919 Third Avenue,
New York, NY 10022

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Eastside Cinema

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Opened by United Artists on January 21, 1973. UA closed it in 1992. It was closed almost a year before being remodeled and reopened by an independent. It soon became a City Cinemas Theatre until it was closed in 2003.

UA did run some quality films here and some offbeat things like “Sextette”. The last go around as the Eastside Playhouse saw some qulaity art bookings since the remaining eastside houses are pretty much first run mainstream.

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Ed Solero
Ed Solero on October 14, 2007 at 10:04 pm

Drove by the other day. I’d never attended a movie here, but as we were stopped in traffic, I just happened to gaze out of the passenger window and had some dim sense that there used to be a theatre here. The free standing sign in the shallow plaza in front of the office building is still there – and this feature must have been what jogged my hazy memory. I don’t think there is anything on the sign at the moment – it just stands there blank and purposeless, saying absolutely nothing to passersby along Third Avenue.

randytheicon
randytheicon on June 16, 2009 at 6:09 pm

Belated reply to dave-bronx: Any damage to the plaza outside Eastside was most certainly NOT caused by “Rocky Horror” fans. The following is a quote from one of the major leaders of the RHPS scene:

“No, this was not the real reason at all. When the 8th Street theater closed, the search was on for another theater in Greenwich Village. The print and cast were moved to mid-town on a temporary basis, and the plan all along was to eventually get back downtown where the show belonged.

“In fact, we toned down a lot of our behavior because of the new
location: it was in mid-town, it was NOT a ‘Greenwich Village
neighborhood’ type atmosphere, and the last thing the cast wanted to
do was lose another theater/endanger the one we had at the moment.”

UA deserves a TON of criticism for its management practices, but not in this instance. The NYC “Rocky” fans tend to be very well behaved; any vandalism at 919 Third came from elsewhere.

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on March 4, 2010 at 11:50 am

This intro needs to updated.

“The Eastside Cinema actually opened on January 21, 1973. Its premiere attraction was "Under Milk Wood."
posted by DamienB on Nov 10, 2005 at 12:58pm”

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on March 4, 2010 at 5:31 pm

By the photo of the entrance it looked rather plain.

Finistere
Finistere on March 12, 2010 at 2:42 pm

Unaccompanied, I saw “Word Is Out” — the greatest gay/lesbian consciousness-raising film ever made — there in the spring of 1978. It was commercially courageous, even in cosmopolitan New York, to show such a film in that era, and I was so blown away by by this title that I went back for a second screening on another day. It was even better the second time around. Seeing “Word Is Out” (soon to be released for the first time on DVD in spring 2010) was for this viewer a kind of life-changing event and I’ve always identified the joyous experience of the film with its venue.

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on October 22, 2011 at 11:09 am

Opening ad now in the photo section.

SethLewis
SethLewis on October 22, 2011 at 3:22 pm

This was an art house for maybe its first year…Then it went mainstream UA showing mostly United Artists product on showcase with a smattering of pictures from other studios…It was more of an art house under City

Saw Steppenwolf, The Return of the Pink Panther, Moonstruck here…probably a couple of other pictures

Mikeoaklandpark
Mikeoaklandpark on October 24, 2011 at 1:58 pm

I saw Annie Hall here in 1977.

SeaBassTian
SeaBassTian on September 15, 2012 at 1:07 am

Well, I always knew this theater as Eastside Playhouse. It had a bit of a old-school feel with a ticket window at the sunken entrance and a long, narrow auditorium. I saw quite a few films there actually. Last one I recall was The Others… Now it’s a giant carpet store, sadly.

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