Quad Cinema

34 W. 13th Street,
New York, NY 10011

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Re-Opening ad April 14 after a soft opening the week before.

Opened in 1972, the art house Quad Cinema was Manhattan’s first four-screen theater and is now one of the oldest independent theaters in the city. It still remains a vibrant center for art house films.

It was closed in May 2015 for renovation and reopened April 7, 2017.

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bigjoe59 on April 14, 2017 at 5:19 pm

Hello to All-

in the New York Post of today 4/14/17 there is a 2 page article about the reopening of the refurbished Quad Cinema. i beg to differ with s few points made in said article.

1.while the Quad was never going to be mistaken for Radio City Music Hall or the Ziegfeld i always found the theater well kept and well maintained. I first went here to see the pioneering 1978 U.K. film “Nighthawks”. the last time i attended this theater was January 2014 to see the delightful teen comedy “G.B.F.”. at no point in the those 36 years did find the theater dirty or ratty. the impression you get from the article is that prior to the closing down for the redo the theater was dirty, ratty and worn down etc…. having been a regular patron at the Quad for the 36 year period mentioned i never found that to be the case.

2.also in those 36 years i never noticed any inappropriate(e.g. sexual activity) in any of the four auditoriums or the men’s room. a former manager mentions yearsssss ago when 6th Ave. was frequented by hookers they often brought their “business” to the Quad. i have been a frequent visitor to the Village since i was a senior in high school. heck i even took classes at the New School and NEVER remember 6th Ave. being frequented by hookers.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on April 14, 2017 at 5:29 pm

The Quad did play quite a bit of hard core porn in the early seventies when the major distributors refused to play first-run in the village, so that may have been the hooker era. This lack of mainstream product lead to a major lawsuit by the Quad owners against all the major theatre chains and distributors operating in New York at the time for unfair trade practices. The Quad won that lawsuit and went first-run dropping most x-rated titles.

mhvbear on April 15, 2017 at 7:56 am

Here is a link to photos of the remodel. http://gothamist.com/2017/04/13/inside_quad_cinema_2017.php#photo-2

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on April 15, 2017 at 5:46 pm

Re-opening ad in the photo section.

bigjoe59 on April 16, 2017 at 4:08 pm


to AL A. thanks for your info as to this theater’s porn period. i had a feeling it was before i starting coming here which turned out to be the case. from 1978’S “Nighthawks” to “G.B.F.” which opened Jan. 2014 i never noticed anything “seedy” about the Quad.

but then again the N Y Post is a very negative newspaper so I shouldn’t be surprised they painted a negative picture of the Quad. till the last time i went Jan. 2014 i found the auditoriums, lobby and
men’s room to be well maintained and clean. i always found the staff to be courteous as well.

so the N Y Post’s article making it seem as if the place was worn out, run down, etc… prior to closing for renovation is in my view simply not true.

NYer on October 5, 2017 at 5:52 pm

It seems 1975 was a big year for the Quad and porn. Almost every week they had at least one screen. In September they had two of four screens running. I can’t imagine the headache of showing hardcore porn with no one under 21 admitted right next door to PG features. Two ads in photo section.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on October 5, 2017 at 6:42 pm

NYer, I ran a different theatre in Florida, but we just put an usher at the door to the x-rated auditorium at all times.

stang119 on November 17, 2017 at 9:50 pm

I’ve just downloaded 2 pictures of the new interior of one of the auditoriums

StanMalone on November 20, 2018 at 6:08 pm

Interesting story in the Post this morning. The tenants association for the residential floors above the theater have filed an action against The Quad for violating their lease in regards to residents being disturbed by the new sound systems installed during the recent renovation. The theater has cut way back on the subs and lowered the overall volume.

This seemed to quell most of the complaints but there is always somebody who can not be satisfied, in this case someone living two floors above two of the auditoriums. It seems that not only the sound but the HVAC as well have been cited as a cause for this action. The article did point out that some of the complaints have been made during periods when there was no movie running and others when the theater was closed and the HVAC off.

rcdt55b on November 30, 2018 at 3:33 pm

He has complained for years. Yes, even when nothing was running in said theaters.

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