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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Metropolite on August 23, 2014 at 5:35 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.

rcdt55b on May 14, 2015 at 6:49 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 3:38 pm

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 3:18 pm

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

spectrum on April 21, 2016 at 10:37 pm

Latest from their web page is that it will reopen in Summer 2016.

spectrum on August 29, 2016 at 10:40 pm

Their webpage (VERY Minimal now) now says it will open in Fall 2016.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on October 31, 2016 at 2:28 pm

Now it’s Spring 2017. It would been have quicker to just knock it down and start all over again.

rcdt55b on November 17, 2016 at 8:41 pm

April 7, 2017. We will see.

DavidZornig on March 6, 2017 at 7:37 pm

Today’s Variety article claims an April 14th reopening.


Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on March 6, 2017 at 9:44 pm

In the overhaul, the venue’s seating capacity will downsize from 560 seats to 430, divided among four theaters meant to have the intimate feel of private screening rooms with improved sightlines and seats. The theater’s rebranding also includes a new logo with a custom font designed by Pentagram. (Per the Variety article)

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