Eastside Cinema

919 3rd Avenue,
New York, NY 10022

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Eastside Cinema

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 quality art bookings since the remaining eastside houses are pretty much first run mainstream.

Contributed by Robert R

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randytheicon on June 16, 2009 at 3:09 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.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on March 4, 2010 at 8:50 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 on March 4, 2010 at 2:31 pm

By the photo of the entrance it looked rather plain.

Finistere on March 12, 2010 at 11:42 am

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.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on October 22, 2011 at 8:09 am

Opening ad now in the photo section.

SethLewis on October 22, 2011 at 12:22 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 on October 24, 2011 at 10:58 am

I saw Annie Hall here in 1977.

SeaBassTian on September 14, 2012 at 10:07 pm

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.

NYer on April 3, 2016 at 5:31 pm

United Artist theaters announced in March 1972 this theater opening in the fall of ‘72 as The Screening Room. Somehow during the proceeding ten months they missed their fall deadline and had a name change. Ad in photo section.

Norman_24 on November 26, 2016 at 11:41 pm

I want to the staff / cast screening of “Day of the Dead” here at the end of May in 1985. It was a private screening. A fantastic night overall. My first time to meet director George Romero. This night is written about in the book, “The Zombies That Ate Pittsburgh” by Paul A. Gagne.

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