Central Plaza Cinema

2630 Central Park Avenue,
Yonkers, NY 10710

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John Fink
John Fink on February 19, 2014 at 6:45 pm

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).

DonPatch
DonPatch on October 13, 2013 at 3:29 am

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.

stang119
stang119 on September 25, 2013 at 12:24 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.

optimist008
optimist008 on September 23, 2013 at 10:40 am

The Hudson Mall cinema , Jersey City, NJ is the last GCC structure still standing ???

markp
markp on September 21, 2013 at 5:37 am

Another one bites the dust.

optimist008
optimist008 on September 21, 2013 at 3:45 am

joemasher,

Is it possible that another theater chain will assume the new lease??????????

dave-bronx™
dave-bronx™ on September 21, 2013 at 2:32 am

Joe, what did it in, lease expiration or DLP conversion feasibility?

joemasher
joemasher on September 21, 2013 at 12:29 am

The Central Plaza Cinema has been closed. Last business day was Thu 9/19/2013.

optimist008
optimist008 on September 20, 2013 at 4:41 pm

P.S. Webmaster: The correct seat count was 1700, not 1900 back in the GCC days as a single screen as per Boxoffice magazine.

optimist008
optimist008 on September 20, 2013 at 4:40 pm

One of the merchants nearby tells me they are renovating and not closed permanently as said in their phone recording today. No way Bow Tie would have bought this theater and closed it after three short months. If they actually do re open, they should run specialized films to piggy back Alamo Drafthouse down the block.

stang119
stang119 on March 21, 2011 at 8:24 am

This was never an AMC Theatre. After General Cinema went under this became (and still is) a Clearview Cinemas theatre.

dave-bronx™
dave-bronx™ on November 12, 2009 at 9:27 pm

It was certainly a big coincidence, other than that I couldn’t say. He retired after the merger, and didn’t go back to amc.

Dan03
Dan03 on December 18, 2008 at 11:31 am

“…and that same VP came on board at Loews about 6-8 months before AMc took them over…”

Does this mean that AMC was involved in shady activity?

optimist008
optimist008 on June 8, 2008 at 6:22 am

stevebob,

Yes, Central Plaza was that BIG and Century’s Mall theater in nearby New Rochelle, NY seated about 12-1300. You might want to start a separate posting about 1960’s and 70’s single screen theaters that had large amounts of seating. One of the Century 1960’s theaters in Long Island ( possibly Valley Stream) had slightly over 2000 seats!!

General Cinema’s Menlo Park single screen in Edison, NJ probably was up there too with it’s huge original seat count.

stevebob
stevebob on March 25, 2008 at 11:47 am

This place wasn’t on my radar at all until now.

Whether it originally seated 1300-1400 or 1900, that’s big in any case for a theater built during this time period — larger than Westwood Village’s National, Pasadena’s Hastings and Manhattan’s “new” Ziegfeld, and rivaling Manhattan’s Astor Plaza and National.

The recently demolished National in Westwood Village was frequently cited as one of the last theaters of its size to be built. I wonder just how many single-screen cinemas with 1000+ seats were built in the Sixties and Seventies, after all.

Can anyone think of other examples? (There’s no seating capacity info given for the Totowa Cinema mentioned above. Was it really this large?)

joemasher
joemasher on February 22, 2008 at 2:14 am

If you go up to the second floor lobby, you can peek through the ceiling tiles and see the original lobby ceiling another 10 feet or so higher—it looks like upside-down pyramids, about 4X4 each.

dave-bronx™
dave-bronx™ on January 24, 2007 at 1:00 pm

The Totowa Cinema was similar to this one. I only saw it a couple of times passing by on the bus but I never went inside. As I recall it had the same tall glass lobby, and the CINEMA letters on the roof were the red cut-outs not the black-on-white as they are here. I think Totowa was a little newer.

Danscr
Danscr on January 24, 2007 at 8:50 am

Dear bigred and dave-bronx:

I appreciate all your comments on the former GCC sites.

Thankyou.

ArchStanton007
ArchStanton007 on January 23, 2007 at 8:54 am

Hey dave-bronx,

Was their Totowa cinema identical to Central Plaza?
And did it and any other area GCC theaters have the same waterfall like Central Plaza ?

Thank You.

Drop me a line soon at , I had ushered at Hartsdale 2.

dave-bronx™
dave-bronx™ on January 20, 2007 at 8:21 am

…and that same VP came on board at Loews about 6-8 months before AMc took them over…

bigred
bigred on January 19, 2007 at 7:03 pm

To Mr. Pibbles. General Cinema doesn’t exsist anymore. They are now part of AMC. They went under in 2001 and AMC bought them in March of 2002. The fall of General Cinma came right after GC brought in a vp from AMC as vp and they went down fast.

ArchStanton007
ArchStanton007 on September 12, 2005 at 7:51 am

The total seats were about 13-1400, not 1900 as posted here.

seajayla
seajayla on May 26, 2005 at 6:08 pm

My memories of the Central Plaza Cinema are so fond and cherished. I first saw David Lean’s “Dr. Zhivago” there when I was 9 years old. What a presentation. I remember coming out into the fabulous lobby with the cascading water during the intermission, and feeling as though I was in a modern day version of an old time movie palace. The James Bond movies were as thrilling as ever when shown on this grand screen. What a theater it was. Seeing movies there inspired me to want to make movies myself, and today, I am a very successful movie producer living in Los Angeles. Thanks to the old Central Plaza Cinema for feeding my dreams!!!

teecee
teecee on March 11, 2005 at 11:36 am

4/30/79 newspaper ad listing this theater:
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