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.

It was closed in May 2015 for renovation.

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John Fink
John Fink on July 23, 2009 at 1:52 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 2:28 pm

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

Dorothy on February 18, 2010 at 5:33 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 6:07 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 5:43 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 8:44 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 11:35 am

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.

rcdt55b on May 14, 2015 at 12:49 pm

Closed for 8 months for massive renovations. Gutting the entire first floor. It will remain a quad. Dolby atmos in one theater. 16/35MM film on one screen. Digital on all 4.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on June 8, 2015 at 9:38 am

I look forward to its reopening — the space is so tight I wonder what the seating capacities will be.

rcdt55b on November 24, 2015 at 10:18 am

New opening date is May 2016. Seating lowered to around 100 per screen.

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