Cinema Studio

1931 Broadway,
New York, NY 10023

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Cinema Studio

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Located on Broadway near Lincoln Center, this former single-screen theatre was twinned and continued showing first-run art house attractions. It was demolished when the Barnes and Noble Bookstore building was put up. It was once known as Studio 65.

Contributed by Gerald A. DeLuca

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rivoli157
rivoli157 on November 13, 2011 at 10:24 am

This was a great neighborhood theatre. In the 70s and 80s when I lived on the UWS, I would attend films here. Among them were Fedora, and Please Remember My Name. That Barnes and Noble is now gone, replaced by a Century 21

TorstenAdair
TorstenAdair on January 31, 2012 at 9:50 am

The (former) Barnes & Noble was located at 1972 Broadway, between 66th and 67th Streets.

1931 Broadway would place this theater within Lincoln Center.

The exact address should be found in a city directory (or phone book).

Report of the closing: March 25, 1990

http://www.nytimes.com/1990/03/25/nyregion/cinema-studio-to-close-doors-after-30-years.htmlstore.

Operated by New Yorker Films since 1977. The land was owned by ABC, sold to Millennium Properties, which, of course, built the Sony-Loews-AMC multiplex one block north.

Obituary: http://www.nytimes.com/1990/04/08/movies/film-view-curtains-for-a-grand-screen.html?pagewanted=all&src=pm

bigjoe59
bigjoe59 on May 7, 2012 at 1:36 pm

Hello- shortly before it closed didn’t this theater hold a festival of Hitchcock films that hadn’t been show theatrically for some time because of copyright issues? i remember two of films were VERTIGO and THE TROUBLE WITH HARRY.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on May 7, 2012 at 2:04 pm

Bigjoe59… there were five films in that copyright entanglement with the Hitchcock Estate: “Rope,” “Rear Window,” “The Man Who Knew Too Much” (1956 version), “The Trouble With Harry,” and “Vertigo.” Quite a significant collection of the Master’s work that was unavailable for as long as 36 years (in the case of the 1948 “Rope”) until 1984, when Universal finally acquired the rights. I remember a lot of ballyhoo surrounding the resurfacing of these films at the time.

bigjoe59
bigjoe59 on May 8, 2012 at 4:32 pm

Hello To Ed S.–

would you happen to know if the print of VERTIGO that was shown at the Hitchcock Festival was ever released even on vhs? the reason i ask is simple. the only home video verison i have watched is the vhs and subsequently dvd of the 1996 Harris/Katz restoration. so it would be interesting to see what the film looked and sounded like before it was restored.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on May 8, 2012 at 6:59 pm

That’s really stretching my memory muscles more than they can flex… But I would have to say that there probably was a VHS release after the theatrical runs were completed back in the mid ‘80’s. I saw very good prints of “Rear Window,” “The Man Who Knew Too Much” and “Vertigo” in theaters at the time, and I also caught cable TV broadcasts of “Rope” and “The Trouble with Harry” shortly thereafter. I recall that they looked to be in very good shape.

The restoration job on “Vertigo,” of course, was a revelation.

SharonK
SharonK on June 14, 2012 at 8:38 pm

Loved this theatre. Such varied fare, I practically lived here in the mid-70s! Took my little sister to see a revival of “GI Blues” (she loved Elvis). I saw a Bunuel double bill (“Viridiana” and “Discreet Charm of the Bourgeosie”) as well as current films like “The Sailor Who Fell From Grace From the Sea.”

Garth
Garth on September 8, 2013 at 9:01 am

I saw Herzog’s “Nosferatu” here in 1979, but I can’t recall any details about the theatre.

SharonK
SharonK on September 8, 2013 at 9:35 am

Just to follow up: a couple of years ago the Barnes and Noble was replaced by a Century 21 clothing store. Boy do I miss Cinema Studio!

bigjoe59
bigjoe59 on September 8, 2013 at 1:05 pm

Hello-

I liked going to the Cinema Studio since it played many prominent low budget indie American films and top foreign language films. a two part question-

1.i’m guessing that the theater(and the surrounding buildings)were torn down because eventhough the theater was quite popular the land underneath it became worth more than the theater could ever bring in at the box office.

2.as stated by Al A. it opened as the Arcade in 1919. i’m guessing it opened from the get go as a 2nd/3rd run neighborhood theater. so when did it become a 1st run venue? when it became the Cinema Studio?

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