Central Plaza Cinema

2630 Central Park Avenue,
Yonkers, NY 10710

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Central Plaza Cinema

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The Central Plaza is a shopping center theatre that was opened by General Cinemas on December 28, 1966 as ther Yonkers Cinema. Originally seating 1,700 in the orchestra and balcony, the theatre was twinned, triplexed, then converted into a quad (2 up-250 each, 2 down-600 each). It still features its original GC “CINEMA” sign on the roof, and toward the front of the lobby you can feel that the floor is hollow—it’s covering the original lobby fountain.

After GCC, Clearview Cinemas took over, and in June 2013, Bow-Tie Cinemas took over as it took most Clearview locations. The Central Plaza Cinema was closed on September 19, 2013 due to the lease expiring.

Contributed by Joe Masher

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stang119
stang119 on September 25, 2013 at 11:24 pm

If they are going to renovate they need to eliminate the upstairs Theatres There is zero access if you have any trouble climbing stairs. That is the main reason I stopped going there. I drove past today and there is just a closed sign at the box office. Nothing else. I can’t possibly imagine any other kind of business that could use this space.

DonPatch
DonPatch on October 13, 2013 at 2:29 pm

Central Plaza isn’t renovating. We are closed down for good. Our last business day was 9/19/13. It was also the day the staff was told we were closing. Bow Tie closed down a couple of theaters after they took over Clearview.

John Fink
John Fink on February 20, 2014 at 4:45 am

RE: Optimist008 – Hudson Mall is currently open despite the revolving door of operators over the years – they’ve have covered to digital.

Western New York is a region where a few GCC locations of various vintages can be found – the most “vintage” of the bunch (all are digital by the way!) are Eastern Hills Mall in Williamsville, NY (including a big auditorium with a shadowbox screen!) and Chautauqua Mall I & II in Jamestown. A few others in Buffalo-Rochester were either of the 80’s vintage or evolved towards that “look” (Movieland 8 – formerly Thruway Mall has quite a history – it’s a GCC of two eras….although sadly its in very rough shape as a very popular discount theater – while I don’t recall it having a shadowbox screen, they still an original giant auditorium that seats about 600!).

I can’t speak for Hudson Mall but one location that has a few GCC touches lurking in a wing (including original style bathrooms) is Starplex Brunswick Square – the auditoriums recently underwent an extensive renovation (I’m not sure if they had a Shadowbox screen and if so it survived several renovations and divisions).

dave-bronx™
dave-bronx™ on December 12, 2014 at 4:39 pm

Anybody know what’s happening here? Has it been converted to some other use, demolished or is it just sitting empty?

optimist008
optimist008 on December 30, 2014 at 6:26 pm

dave-bronx, lernerproperties.com still has 17.5K of space for lease on their website after another 17.5k was apparently leased or optioned. Heard from a store owner that a gym may occupy part of the theater. GUESSING that a gym could occupy the upstairs as was done with the UA White Plains with another tenant downstairs. The balcony stairway was demolished. Guessing that an ADA compliant elevator will be installed when the property is leased. Got a peek inside months backl and saw what is left of the unearthed lobby waterfall!!!

optimist008
optimist008 on December 30, 2014 at 6:31 pm

P.S.—The entire downstairs interior has been fully demolished. Even if the Ridge HIll Cinema did not open, not sure if this theater was still viable or not…Lohud.com reported yesterday that the developer of the former Tarrytown GM property wants to include a movie theater..

Joseph
Joseph on July 20, 2015 at 8:44 pm

Something is going on here. The interior of the building appears to be demolished from the inside out to the outer walls. Basically now a shell.

John Fink
John Fink on March 13, 2016 at 5:07 am

Party City is moving in – the upstairs does not appear to be used for retail. The exterior walls also got a facelift.

Comfortably Cool
Comfortably Cool on December 29, 2016 at 7:55 pm

This was originally known as the Yonkers Cinema, and first opened on December 28th, 1966, with Paramount’s “Arrivederci, Roma!” in its single auditorium. Ad uploaded to the Photos Section.

optimist008
optimist008 on December 30, 2016 at 5:40 pm

Comfortably Cool, many thanks for posting the ad above and which newspaper site did you get it from please???

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