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.

Contributed by Gerald A. DeLuca

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AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on January 26, 2010 at 10:08 pm

Get rid of the Roman numerals

The Cinema 3 opens:

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AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on March 5, 2010 at 11:23 am

Closed in May 1997 after a run of “Waiting For Guffman”.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on March 22, 2012 at 12:22 pm

I would love to see a list of movies that played here, particularly in the ‘80’s. I know I saw at least a couple. Also, seems that enough verification has been provided over the years to correct the name to Cinema 3 (as opposed to Cinema III).

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on March 23, 2012 at 10:44 am

Thanks so much, DEFG. And thank you for all the great images you’ve been posting!

johndereszewski
johndereszewski on March 25, 2012 at 12:17 pm

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
Inuchan915 on March 27, 2012 at 8:14 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 The place was very outdated, and had potato sack kind of seats in the waiting area.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 8:03 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 10:14 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
rivoli157 on July 15, 2012 at 11:56 am

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

SethLewis
SethLewis on November 5, 2013 at 7:38 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

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