Cinema 3

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

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StanMalone on October 22, 2018 at 2:27 pm

I would imagine that many theaters got caught short because of this. I believe that our opening date was December 18, or some point during that week. Georgia was an anti-blind bidding state, so no booking was considered final until the bid screening which of course never took place. Still, it was already known that the movie would be three hours long and not many theaters were willing to tie up an auditorium during prime Christmas season with a movie they could only run once a night.

Even in those pre-Internet days, there were already rumors about problems with this movie and how bleak the prospects were for a three hour R rated western. When I asked the broker about this he said: “Stick it in the small house. We are just doing UA a favor anyway.” I can recall several times during that era when we had a picture booked only to have it pulled after the bid screening took place. Raise the Titanic is one that comes to mind.

For Christmas of 1980 we ended up with Popeye and Flash Gordon.

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.

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 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.

NYer on October 14, 2018 at 3:47 pm

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

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?

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

It closed in 1997.

Casanoc on May 20, 2016 at 8:26 am

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

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

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 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

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.

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!

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?

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. >_<

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.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on March 23, 2012 at 7:44 am

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

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on March 22, 2012 at 9:22 am

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).

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on March 5, 2010 at 8:23 am

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

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on January 26, 2010 at 7:08 pm

Get rid of the Roman numerals

The Cinema 3 opens:

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moviesmovies on July 13, 2005 at 12:59 pm

I saw Alain Resnais' ‘Providence’ here.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on June 4, 2005 at 4:36 pm

Cineplex Odeon did eventually put a small concession stand in here near the end but it was the only in the circuit without postmix soft drinks. The popcorn was popped at the Plaza and brought over. Donald Trump wanted to use the area as a club and would not renew the lease.

The Cinema 3 was a primary outlet for German films for a while but that didn’t last. Cineplex Odeon booked it as a last run move-over house.

RobertR on April 4, 2005 at 8:15 pm

Can you imagine showing The Jetsons with no concession stand, a lot of unhappy kids.

longislandmovies on March 6, 2005 at 4:43 am

Never sold concessions as it was in there lease

DonRosen on March 5, 2005 at 10:43 pm

I remember the odd booking of “Jetsons: the Movie” which played for a few weeks. The theatre name “Cinema 3” must have ticked off the Cinema 1 & 11 when they had to name their third theatre “Cinema 3rd Ave.”