Angelika 57

225 W. 57th Street,
New York, NY 10019

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Angelika 57

Located on W. 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 Cinema 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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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.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on September 16, 2008 at 5:16 pm

The map link above goes to Brooklyn.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez 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.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on January 30, 2011 at 1:17 pm

The opening ad as the Lincoln Art;

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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.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on September 11, 2012 at 7:18 am

The intro needs adjusting. This theatre opened in 1964.

MSC77 on December 21, 2017 at 9:56 am

“The Graduate” opened here fifty years ago today. The film went on to play for nearly a year. (Anyone know of a film that played here for a longer period of time?) And here’s a retrospective article to commemorate the film’s golden anniversary.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on December 21, 2017 at 10:18 am

“THE LION IN WINTER” played here for over a year.

Mikeoaklandpark on December 21, 2017 at 1:18 pm

To my knowledge this was the only Roadshow engagement that played here. It seems to be the case for other cities. In Philly it played Theater 1812 and Atlantic City the Charles. That was the only two roadshow engagements they had.

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