Quad Cinema

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

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rcdt55b on November 30, 2018 at 3:33 pm

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

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.

stang119 on November 17, 2017 at 9:50 pm

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

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.

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.

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.

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

Re-opening ad in the photo section.

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 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.

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.

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.

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)

DavidZornig on March 6, 2017 at 7:37 pm

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


rcdt55b on November 17, 2016 at 8:41 pm

April 7, 2017. We will see.

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.

spectrum on August 29, 2016 at 10:40 pm

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

spectrum on April 21, 2016 at 10:37 pm

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

rcdt55b on November 24, 2015 at 3:18 pm

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

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 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.

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.

DavidZornig on February 8, 2011 at 1:44 pm

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

John Fink
John Fink on February 21, 2010 at 10:43 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/

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on February 18, 2010 at 11:07 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.

Dorothy on February 18, 2010 at 10:33 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!