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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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.

StanMalone on October 14, 2018 at 3:21 pm

Al and Ed: You two seem to be the go to members for questions regarding NYC theaters so I have a question for you. In his book “Final Cut” Steven Bach describes the World Premiere of Heavens Gate and mentions that it was held at Cinema 1. Or maybe Cinema 2. I can not find a listing for this theater on CT which means that it is probably listed under a different name.

Can either of you help me out with this question?

NYer on October 14, 2018 at 3:47 pm

Here you go StanMalone, it’s listed as City Cinemas Cinema 1, 2, and 3

mhvbear on October 14, 2018 at 3:48 pm

“Heaven’s Gate” had it’s World Premiere at the CINEMA I. Now can be found under City Cinemas Cinema 1, 2 & 3.

StanMalone on October 14, 2018 at 7:14 pm

Thank you both very much. It did not occur to me to look in the Open Theaters listings. Never considered that a possibility. At the time I was managing a theater in Atlanta and Heavens Gate was to be our big Christmas attraction. We finally did run the short version in the Spring. I found the Bach book much more entertaining than the movie, either version. Thanks again for those prompt replies.

mhvbear on October 15, 2018 at 4:34 am

“Heaven’s Gate” played for 7 days, then was replaced by “Apocalypse Now” as a re-release. This must of left the management scurrying to find a holiday replacement for one of the premiere theaters on the East Side.

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