Angelika 57

225 West 57th Street,
New York, NY 10019

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Angelika 57

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Located on 57th Street near Broadway, this theatre was built as a single screen art house in 1964, with seating on the main floor and balcony, it opened as the Lincoln Art Theatre. It had various names and programming policies at various times, including the Biograph Theatre and the Bombay Cinema. It ceased operation as a theatre in 1997, then having 556 seats.

Contributed by Gerald A. DeLuca

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Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on March 8, 2008 at 1:14 pm

A very hairy lady was the subject of Marco Ferreri’s The Ape Woman, shown here in 1964.

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edblank on May 20, 2008 at 10:57 am

I was delighted when the ubiquitous Frank Rowley began programming this theater with classics and disheartened when his era ended here, as it had at the Regency. What a loss!

hardbop
hardbop on July 2, 2008 at 12:39 pm

I’ve been doing some research on the revival houses in New York City and remember this one’s opening weekend well. The repertory programming under Frank Rowley’s direction begain on February 19, 1988 and continued until Cinemaplex Odeon pulled the plug on September 21, 1991. I remember people importuning me to sign petitions on the sidewalk after the theater closed. The era of the private art house was coming to an end. Rowley resurfaced in 1993 when he attempted to turn the Gramercy Theater on 23rd Street into a revival house, but that lasted less than a year.

In any event, I remember being here on the opening weekend. The Biograph kicked things off by showing 10 films with a “New York City” theme on Friday and Saturday and then on Sunday they started running a 34-film Myrna Loy/William Powell retrospective. I remember that because I was there Sunday night, with Myrna Loy in the house as a special guest, when THE THIN MAN screened.

I vaguely remember being here at the end too, but can’t remember which films played the last weekend. My research will continue.

I’d love to see some schedules for this place. How I wish I had saved them!

I believe the Biograph was closed for a couple of years before Joe Saleh ran the place as the Angelika 57 until it closed for good and became a very pricey supermarket.

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on September 16, 2008 at 5:16 pm

The map link above goes to Brooklyn.

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on February 22, 2010 at 3:21 pm

New Carnegie needs to be added as an aka name and the map link now goes to Queens.

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on January 30, 2011 at 1:17 pm

The opening ad as the Lincoln Art;

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Mikeoaklandpark
Mikeoaklandpark on January 31, 2011 at 10:41 am

The only memory I have of this theater is when i was 18 and it was a porno theater and me being a dumb nieve teenage got pickpocketed by the guy sitting next to me.

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on September 11, 2012 at 7:18 am

The intro needs adjusting. This theatre opened in 1964.

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on October 25, 2012 at 1:08 pm

The Associated/Morton Williams supermarket that replaced the cinema is closing forever tonight and will be demolished. The supermarket will re-open tomorrow at new and larger premises at 140 West 57th Street, which is roughly in the same spot where the Little Carnegie Playhouse used to stand. I can’t imagine a supermarket in the same block as the Russian Tea Room and the landmarked Carnegie Hall, but that’s life in the 21st century.

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