Lincoln Plaza Cinemas

1886 Broadway,
New York, NY 10023

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Lincoln Plaza Cinemas

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Located at Broadway and W. 63rd Street. Opened in 1981, this below-ground facility, functional and uninspiring in appearance, is currently one of the finest art houses in Manhattan, showing the best in new foreign and independent films. Located on the west side of the city, almost directly across from the cultural hub of Lincoln Center, it is an indispensable mecca for the mega-legions of area cinephiles.

It has been operated by Dan & Toby Talbot in association with France’s Gaumont chain for 36 years, it is set to close January 21, 2018. It is hoped after some structural work has been done a new operator will take over the cinema.

Contributed by Gerald A. DeLuca

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xbs2034
xbs2034 on December 15, 2017 at 6:10 pm

http://deadline.com/2017/12/new-york-famed-lincoln-plaza-arthouse-theatre-to-close-in-january-1202228088/

While there are last minute attempts to keep it open, the theater is set to close on January 21.

I have mixed feelings about this, I never particularly liked this theater with its dingy atmosphere and uncomfortable seating. But then it does play some great films, and sad to see another NYC theater close.

I hope this would bring more films and business to the Film Society of Lincoln Center and the Landmark West 57th (a great and very modern theater, but does suffer from a poor location).

bigjoe59
bigjoe59 on December 18, 2017 at 5:55 pm

Hello-

i don’t see how this theater has had competition from the more recent Bruin Monroe Film Center across from Julliard? the films that play the Lincoln Plaza can best be called major low budget indies and foreign films. i don’t remember the Bruin Monroe Film Center ever playing a major low budget indie.

as an example- i don’t remember the Bruin Monroe Film Center ever playing films on the same level as the Lincoln Plaza’s current films- Darkest Hour, Wonder Wheel or Mudbound.

SethLewis
SethLewis on December 18, 2017 at 6:35 pm

Neighbourhoods change…cinemas wear out It’s a shame and can only hope that when the building works are done they bring in a new and updated theatre. All the construction on the far West Side is likely to create new destinations and reasons to visit the Landmark Manhattan still seems underscreened…particularly the UES where the 86th St East if half mainstream half arthouse

edblank
edblank on December 18, 2017 at 7:44 pm

Is Frank Rowley (sp?), formerly the manager of the late, much-missed Regency, still (a) manager of Lincoln Plaza?

RickB
RickB on December 19, 2017 at 6:10 am

Follow-up article says that the landlord needs to close the theater to do structural work on the plaza around the building. They claim that it will reopen as a cinema at some point.

fred1
fred1 on December 19, 2017 at 7:23 am

Perhaps with new operators

bigjoe59
bigjoe59 on December 19, 2017 at 3:17 pm

Hello-

anyone who actually believes the owners will re-open it as a cinema once the alleged necessary construction is done are fooling themselves.

cmbussmann
cmbussmann on December 20, 2017 at 12:36 pm

While the Talbot name is legendary in NYC cinema history, I am not sad to see this theater go. It was dingy, musty, uncomfortable, and full of snoring patrons. They also don’t show anything not screening elsewhere, despite the hype they get for their indie screenings. While it is sad to see another theater close, and I doubt the owners will re-open it after construction, this one was past due, imo.

RickB
RickB on December 30, 2017 at 10:50 am

Daniel Talbot died yesterday (12/29/17). He was in his early 90s and had been married to Toby Talbot for 68 years. Variety obit here.

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on December 30, 2017 at 2:15 pm

I didn’t know that gaumont owns this place. Very sad that Mr. Talbot died.

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