Angelika 57

225 West 57th Street,
New York, NY 10019

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Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on September 11, 2012 at 9:18 am

The intro needs adjusting. This theatre opened in 1964.

Mikeoaklandpark on January 31, 2011 at 12:41 pm

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 January 30, 2011 at 3:17 pm

The opening ad as the Lincoln Art;

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Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on February 22, 2010 at 5:21 pm

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

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on September 16, 2008 at 7:16 pm

The map link above goes to Brooklyn.

hardbop on July 2, 2008 at 2:39 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.

edblank on May 20, 2008 at 12:57 pm

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!

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on March 8, 2008 at 3:14 pm

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

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on November 12, 2007 at 8:25 am

Thanks, Joe. By the way, you rabble still have to pay for access to NYT articles published prior to 1981.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 12, 2007 at 12:53 am

Now that the New York Times has opened much of its archives to us non-paying rabble, a July, 1997 article on the occasion of the closing of the Angelika 57 is available right here. (The Times may still require free registration at their site before you can see the article- I’m not sure.)

The article gives the opening date of the Lincoln Art Theatre as July 21, 1964, and the seating capacity as 572.

In addition to its incarnations as the Bombay Cinema (1976-1985) and Cineplex Odeon’s Biograph (February 1988-September 1991), there was a period in between when it was called the New Carnegie Theater, a resurrection of the former Little Carnegie Theater which had been demolished in 1982.

The house became the Angelika 57 in 1993, and closed forever on July 10, 1997.

efriedmann on June 6, 2007 at 12:40 pm

I discovered the Biograph almost by accident in the Fall of 1988 when some friends and I went to see a revival of my all-time favorite film, 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY. I remember thinking that it was revival theaters like this that made Manhattan great! Too bad something that special was not meant to last.

The Biograph Theater was also inspirational to me in that when writing a couple of my screenplays, I created a ficticious revival movie theater in several scenes that take place in small coastal towns.

zedcudna on April 15, 2007 at 8:07 pm

Yes, Wanda. Zed signifies “The End.” Music swells, fade to black. House lights come up, and we wonder what did it all means.

GhostofWandaHickey on April 15, 2007 at 7:52 pm

Thanks for attempting to move the conversational ball down the field, Gerry/Warren. It’s all up to you now. Your 1965 opening night, the tony Lincoln Art Theatre, the Lincoln statue in the Lobby, the Maltese Falcon, the little tramp, the moving shadows on the wall, the past itself, these are the elusive things of which dreams are made. Pleasant dreams, Bryan K, my dear old friend! Zeddy?

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on April 5, 2007 at 3:45 am

In June 1965 the Lincoln Art Theatre held the American premiere of this fine 1961 commedia all'italiana, The Fascist/Il federale, unfortunately all but forgotten today.

theghostoflynnzzz on April 1, 2007 at 8:39 am

Let’s get something clear, Warren. We’re not interested in the Lincoln Art’s shameful descent as a palace of porno perversions. If you have a interest in gay porn, I suggest you confine those proclivities elsewhere. Let’s revel in the Lincoln Art’s glory as a purveyer of fine films with artistic merit.

GhostofWandaHickey on April 1, 2007 at 7:11 am

Don’t flatter yourself, Warren. I’ve heard Bryan Krefft call you a fathead many times.

FrederiqueSY on March 31, 2007 at 8:07 pm

Yes, fairytail. “Warren” and “Zeddy” seem to be the same silly person in conversation with him/her/itself. Could the moderator please intervene? I understand it’s “illegal” to post here under more than one signature at a time, “Warren,” if that’s your real name. (Warren dear, read this in your best Paul Lynde voice.)

fairytail on March 31, 2007 at 7:15 pm

Oh my what a bunch of nonsense. This person Zeddy joined Cinema Treasures on March 31, 2007 and the one and only message was an ass kissing message to Warren. Talk about stupid and pointless messages! You are both guilty of this crime. I will pray for both Warren and Zeddy.

zedcudna on March 31, 2007 at 5:29 pm

Right On, Warren! I’ve also found the recent postings here stupid and pointless, and I’ve seen this happen before with this crew. Bryan Killian and his merry band of girlfriend pranksters descended on the message board of my boyfriend’s dog grooming website. They degraded everyone, including my boyfriend’s shitzu. My boyfriend was in tears for a week! Apparently, they get their kicks spreading their lame brand of absurdist humor. The sooner we, as right-thinking members, shun these cretins, the sooner we can get back to trusting the veracity of what we read on the internet. And by the way, you’re not boring, Warren. You’re completely delightful, Darling.

bryankillian on March 30, 2007 at 10:47 pm

LynnZZZ and Wanda Hickey are two separate and distinct women I know well. I don’t understand the actions taken by Warren to remove them, even if he thought they were the same person. Their contributions here added solely needed humor and energy to the depressing topic of demolished movie theatres. I strongly urge the moderator to reinstate them, but I guess we’ll see the Lincoln Art Theatre rebuilt before that happens.

Warren, enjoy the site, but maybe you should confine yourself to the pages of some nice mid-western, red-state movie theaters, where the range of thought is limited. Leave the New York theatres to those of us who appreciate free, raucous, and diverse thoughts, well expressed. “Excelsior, You Fathead!”

billyarnell on March 30, 2007 at 9:35 pm

I must agree with you, Frederique. I loved their comments here. Wanda Hickey’s first contribution, the meditation on the Lincoln Art and the past, was poetic and spoke more eloquently than Warren and all his dreary facts ever could. God help us if we leave the determination of what is acceptable discourse on this site to Warren and his “moderator” storm troopers.

FrederiqueSY on March 30, 2007 at 8:56 pm

I question Warren’s sincerity here. I know LynnZZZ and Wanda Hickey, and they were two different contributors to this wonderful page on this wonderful site. They were lively, humorous, and a lot of fun. Warren, on the other hand, forgive me, I find to be a self-important bore. I’m sorry, but may I speak my mind here? Maybe Warren had them removed because he doesn’t like women.

deleted user
[Deleted] on March 30, 2007 at 7:06 pm

Illegal? Ohmygosh, Linsey, we better get a good lawyer. What are you wearing to the trial? What Linsey said is true, we’re two very different women, but we both dislike supercilious prigs.

Now with that properly dispatched, I’d like to expand Bryan’s plaintive search for the Lincoln Art’s bust of Lincoln with a shout-out to see if anyone knows what happened to the paper towel dispenser from the ladies room? (It’s just a joke, Warren. You must know what tongue-in-cheek means, my dear.)

deleted user
[Deleted] on March 30, 2007 at 5:48 pm

I’m here on topic, talking about the Lincoln Art, having a little fun, Warren. Lighten-up, you take yourself way too seriously! BTW, I’m a singular female person and not Wanda Hickey, however we’re both friends of Bryan K. who posted here. We’re all fans of the 60’s-70’s and actually went to all the 57th Street theatres of that era. “Wanda Hickey” is a character in the early 70’s Jean Shepherd book, which is why I quoted “Excelsior, you fathead!,” a famous Shepherd saying. It’s all a reference to the era we’re talking about. Now will the Moderator please do something to improve Warren’s disposition?