Cinema Studio 1 & 2

1931 Broadway,
New York, NY 10023

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Cinema Studio 1 & 2

Located on Broadway near Lincoln Center, the Arcade Theatre was opened in 1919. It was badley damaaged by a fire in the late-1940’s. By 1950 it had been renamed Studio Theatre. This former single-screen theatre was twinned in the early-1980’s and continued showing first-run art house attractions until closing in 1990. 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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bigjoe59 on May 9, 2012 at 12:32 am

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 9, 2012 at 2:59 am

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 on June 15, 2012 at 4:38 am

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 on September 8, 2013 at 5:01 pm

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

SharonK on September 8, 2013 at 5:35 pm

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 on September 8, 2013 at 9:05 pm


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. 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?

JackIndiana on August 1, 2016 at 1:33 am

Saw FULL METAL JACKET here during opening weekend in June 1987. Theatre was sold out practically the entire weekend.

SethLewis on February 25, 2017 at 3:18 pm

Cinema Studio in the early 60’s was showing Spanish language pictures, transitioned into second run mostly from United Artists with some Fox and Warners' product went first run in the early 80’s when it was twinned Saw Amarcord here in 1974, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Sex Lies and Videotape and one or two more in the late 80s

moviebuff82 on June 24, 2019 at 8:20 pm

A few weeks ago, Barnes and Noble Booksellers was sold to a private equity firm ending its run as a public company and leaving behind its sister education division as the sole company to bear the B and N name to still be public on the market.

kieran10 on September 16, 2020 at 12:26 am

I remember this place well as I used to work across the street at the Tower Records on 66th and Broadway in the late ‘80s and would go see movies here after work. I remember Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown playing here forever. I know I went several times, but the only films I can recall seeing here were Sex, Lies and Videotape (at a sold out showing on a late Thursday night) and Mystery Train.

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