Central Plaza Cinema

2630 Central Park Avenue,
Yonkers, NY 10710

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ridethectrain on October 7, 2020 at 12:56 am

Please update, theatre went from a twin to a quad in May 1985. Never was a triplex, just was reviewing the Yonkers newspapers online.

rivest266 on October 3, 2020 at 2:24 pm

Grand opening ad posted.

cinemasoul on May 30, 2019 at 11:43 pm

With Party City announcing the closure of 45 stores, I wonder how this location will be affected. Personally, it saddened me to see this theater get converted. I remember my sister telling me about the movies she use to catch here when she worked close by. It seemed like such a charming theater.

optimist008 on December 30, 2016 at 12:40 pm

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

John Fink
John Fink on March 13, 2016 at 12:07 am

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

Joseph on July 20, 2015 at 3:44 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.

optimist008 on December 30, 2014 at 1:31 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..

optimist008 on December 30, 2014 at 1:26 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!!!

dave-bronx™ on December 12, 2014 at 11:39 am

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

John Fink
John Fink on February 19, 2014 at 11:45 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 on October 13, 2013 at 9:29 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 on September 25, 2013 at 6:24 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 on September 23, 2013 at 4:40 pm

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

markp on September 21, 2013 at 11:37 am

Another one bites the dust.

optimist008 on September 21, 2013 at 9:45 am


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

dave-bronx™ on September 21, 2013 at 8:32 am

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

joemasher on September 21, 2013 at 6:29 am

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

optimist008 on September 20, 2013 at 10:41 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 on September 20, 2013 at 10:40 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 on March 21, 2011 at 2:24 pm

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

dave-bronx™ on November 13, 2009 at 2:27 am

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 on December 18, 2008 at 4:31 pm

“…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 on June 8, 2008 at 12:22 pm


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 on March 25, 2008 at 5:47 pm

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?)