Quad Cinema

34 West 13th Street,
New York, NY 10011

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Quad Cinema

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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.

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dave-bronx™ on January 16, 2009 at 10:04 am

While I haven’t seen what they do at the Quad, I have seen it happen other places, but under the circumstances where the customer has had the tickets held in their mouth while adjusting their change, wallet, purse, shopping bags, baby strollers, babies etc. and then hands the ticket taker the wet end. Sometimes they go as far as jutting their head forward for the ticket taker to remove the tickets from their mouth (how disgusting is THAT?). That is the fastest way to turn an otherwise pleasant ticket taker surly. And it’s not a rare occurrence.

Kieranx on February 4, 2009 at 4:34 pm

Yeccch. One of the most unpleasant theaters in NYC. Amazing how it stays in open and so many beautiful screens have been demolished. I used to go here in college out of necessity, as so many films played here exclusively and suffered through substandard screenings of My Left Foot, Apartment Zero, The Girl in the Swing, Without You I’m Nothing, and countless others. My last suffering occurred with I Think I Do, and that was only because a friend of mine made it.

Now with the advent of widescreen HDTV and DVDs being released a scant 2-4 months after theatrical release, there’s no excuse to frequent this place. My television is almost as big as their screens. I wish whatever lucky cloud this theater was under would have been shared with such places as the Biograph, the 34th Street East, the 8th street Playhouse, the Loews Astor Plaza and the movie theater that used to be in the basement of the old G&W building.

John Fink
John Fink on July 23, 2009 at 4:52 pm

While I don’t think its in danger of closing I’ve noticed they are more frequently (along with IFC Center) playing films that can also be seen on demand. I personally am not a fan of VOD day and date in that I understand it (sadly good art films can’t be seen in most cities), I think it does cheapen the movie going experience. Granted a few have done okay box office using a VOD day and date release (ie: Girlfriend Experience, Summer Hours), others haven’t (the Quad recently showed I Hate Valentine’s Day). So I’m wonder what the impact of this practice will be for a theater like the Quad. The larger chains (AMC, Regal, ect) have adopted a policy of not showing films released this way, whereas companies associated with VOD distributers (IFC, Landmark, and Clearview) have no problem with it.

rcdt55b on November 29, 2009 at 4:28 pm

Slow business but still going strong. Recent and upcoming festivals are helping.

Dorothy on February 18, 2010 at 7:33 am

I am looking forward to the upcoming premier of the
film documentary “Behind the Burly Q”
being held at this theater :–) on
April 23rd, 2010.
Thank you for bringing this to us!

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on February 18, 2010 at 8:07 am

That looks great! Perhaps we will finally lift the veil of hypocrisy and start looking at the Burlesque era with a little more clarity.

John Fink
John Fink on February 21, 2010 at 7:43 pm

I’ve seen ads at Indiewire promoting a new Four Wall booking service for indie filmmakers. Not sure if that’s how Behind the Burly Q is getting released there or not, but it could explain a few other micro budget flicks get a shot there. 4-Walling is nothing new, and given the options indie filmmakers have this might be their only shot at a meaningful theatrical release. If anything I think Quad is sincere in their attempts to bring good cinema to their audience and knowing the theater and its weekly newsletter I can’t be cynical about the service. I don’t know if John Luke Montias' Off Jackson Ave was 4-walled or not, but I saw it during its week long run at the Quad and found it to be a solidly entertaining indie.

The service is at http://quadcinemafourwall.com/

DavidZornig on February 8, 2011 at 10:44 am

I just read that the Quad Cinema will soon be hosting the premiere of “Certifiably Jonathan”, a new film about Jonathan Winters.

Metropolite on August 23, 2014 at 2:35 pm

New York Times- Thursday, August 21, 2014

New Owner to Renovate and Upgrade Quad Cinema By Allan Koznin

Charles S. Cohen, the president and chief executive of the Cohen Brothers Realty Corporation, has bought the Quad Cinema, the Greenwich Village theater that has for decades been a hybrid art-house and first-run theater. The sale was completed on Wednesday, Daniela Sapkar, a spokeswoman for Mr. Cohen, said.

Normally, news of a real estate magnate buying an old, classic theater might be cause for alarm. But Mr. Cohen has long been fascinated with film, and has a second career as a producer and distributor, through the Cohen Media Group. He also runs the Cohen Film Collection, which includes 700 titles, among them recent films as well as classics by Buster Keaton, D. W. Griffith, Alfred Hitchcock and Jean-Luc Godard, which the collection has restored.

Mr. Cohen’s plans for the Quad include a renovation and technical upgrade, for which the theater will close in early 2015. It is expected to reopen in the late spring of 2015. He has overseen theater reconstruction before, most notably the Academy Theater at Lighthouse International, on East 59th Street.

“New York City has perhaps the greatest concentration of serious cinema lovers in the country,” Mr. Cohen said in a statement, “but for too long, these great, knowledgeable fans have had few places to see classic and important films on the big screen. The always-vital Quad Cinema will now become an even more important destination for classic films and compelling new ones – and the moviegoers who love them.”

Mr. Cohen did not provide details for the Quad reconstruction, but Ms. Sapkar said that the theater would maintain its four-screen configuration, and that its name would not be changed. At present, the plan is to devote one screen to classic cinema and repertory films from the Cohen Film Collection and from other distributors. Two screens will be devoted to straight bookings, and the fourth will be used for the theater’s existing Quadflix program, for films without distribution.

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