Quad Cinema

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

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Quad Cinema

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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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)

mhvbear on April 8, 2017 at 10:37 am

The web site is fully up with the re-opening attractions listed. Looking forward to checking out the re-model. Probably should ce changed back to open.

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

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