Cinema Studio 1 & 2

1931 Broadway,
New York, NY 10023

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moviebuff82 on January 18, 2021 at 7:13 am

I remember going there when it became a Barnes and Noble right next to Starbucks and what is now AMC. Channel 7 in NYC has its studios around this area.

kieran10 on September 15, 2020 at 7:26 pm

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.

moviebuff82 on June 24, 2019 at 3:20 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.

SethLewis on February 25, 2017 at 10:18 am

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

JackIndiana on July 31, 2016 at 8:33 pm

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

bigjoe59 on September 8, 2013 at 4:05 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?

SharonK on September 8, 2013 at 12:35 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!

Garth on September 8, 2013 at 12:01 pm

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

SharonK on June 14, 2012 at 11:38 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.”

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on May 8, 2012 at 9:59 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.

bigjoe59 on May 8, 2012 at 7:32 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 7, 2012 at 5:04 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 on May 7, 2012 at 4:36 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.

TorstenAdair on January 31, 2012 at 12:50 pm

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

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.


rivoli157 on November 13, 2011 at 1:24 pm

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

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on August 31, 2011 at 10:00 pm

The Arcade opened in 1919 and closed as the Cinema Studio 1 & 2 in 1990.

themoviegoer on October 12, 2010 at 1:29 pm

Does anyone know when this theater was opened and when it closed? Thanks.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on October 15, 2009 at 8:36 pm

New book on Talbot theatres.

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robboehm on May 13, 2009 at 6:44 pm

The posting from Al specifically mentioned a goat that chewed a rope so it floated out to sea.

robboehm on May 13, 2009 at 10:37 am

Warren when you read the synopsis in Als posting it certainly sound right. How many movies have a goat drifting out to sea.

robboehm on May 13, 2009 at 10:26 am

Definitely sounds like “Saps” from the description you posted Al. Thanks.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on May 13, 2009 at 10:05 am

Sounds more like “SAPS AT SEA”.

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robboehm on May 12, 2009 at 9:10 pm

Despite being a Long Islander I actually attended the Studio One Thanksgiving Day, probably late 40s, after the Macy Parade, with my parents, killing time to go to my aunts for Thanksgiving Dinner. The whole program was comedy. Didn’t get thru the whole program before we had to leave. The movie we left during was a Laurel and Hardy and I remember there being a goat on a boat, or raft, drifting out to sea. Wonder whatever happened to the goat? Anybody know the name of the movie? Never actually saw the auditorium since we entered and left in the dark. That was usually the case with continuous performance theatres.

KingBiscuits on May 3, 2009 at 7:43 pm

Another movie that had a long run was Shoah. And due to its running time, it played on both screens and $10 admissions were charged for each part.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on May 3, 2009 at 6:17 pm

The Colonial Bank (1964 Broadway) became Bank Leumi Trust in the eighties. The Cinema Studio was located just next to it at 1968 Broadway.

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