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Cinema 3

2 W. 59th Street,
New York, NY 10019

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This small cinema beneath the Plaza Hotel was opened during the 1970’s and is not to be confused with Cinema 1, 2, 3 on the East Side. The Cinema 3 was closed in 1997.

Contributed by Gerald A. DeLuca

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johndereszewski on March 25, 2012 at 9:17 am

I only caught a few movies in this very nice setting. The one I do remember was seeing “Prizzi’s Honor” here over the President’s Day weekend – a few weeks before it was robbed of the Best Picture Oscar by the dreadful “Out of Africa” ……. Contrary to a comment posted above, I do not remember any problems with the theater’s sight lines. It seemed to be a fine place to take in a flick.

Inuchan915 on March 27, 2012 at 5:14 am

My father was a projectionist for this theater. I remember walking down the stairs leading a curved left and wandering inside the ticket booth to help out as a child or to take tickets. The place was very outdated, and had potato sack kind of seats in the waiting area. The theater itself was big and was amazed it was a hidden gem under the plaza. I miss climbing into the projection room, it was neat watching dad rewind the film and making splices when needed. I used to even help put in the film reels and start the movies. Those were the days. I remember when we got a concession stand finally I accidentally rang this guy up once as giving me 2000 dollars or was it the popcorn that cost that much, been years but that was funny. Or stuffing the pre-popped popcorn in the closet. The one thing that offed me was that we played tourist flicks, not like a regular cinema, I guess it was to maybe compete against the still open Paris. It’s a shame I really didn’t take much photos then, though I think I still have some tickets. Gotta find them and scan them in if the ink hasn’t faded yet but it was on those non-glossy tickets. I think I’m done going down memory lane. >_<

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on April 7, 2012 at 5:03 pm

I was in this house more than once but can’t remember how many seats?

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on April 13, 2012 at 7:14 am

Hey! What happened to DEFG? I just noticed that all his photos are gone from the Photo directory and now it seems that his entire profile and all comments posted have completely vanished? That is a crying shame!

rivoli157 on July 15, 2012 at 8:56 am

The one fIlm I recall seeing here is ALL THAT JAZZ in 1979 or early 1980.

SethLewis on November 5, 2013 at 4:38 am

Saw A Wedding, Broadcast News, Moonlighting, Field of Dreams here A good old school upscale film going experience

NYC had this for 10-15 years while London had the Minema for nearly 30 in front of the Berkeley Hotel

mharmon999 on June 20, 2015 at 11:26 am

It was a unique kind of movie theatre. One film I remember seeing there was Prizzi’s Honor in 1985. Not many theaters like this one around in 2015

SethLewis on December 14, 2015 at 8:46 am

Wasn’t this way ahead of its time with the new breed of luxury seating reduced capacity theatres…all that was missing was at seat drink service

Casanoc on May 20, 2016 at 8:26 am

I think this was in operation until the late 90s?

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on May 20, 2016 at 9:21 am

It closed in 1997.

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