Lincoln Plaza Cinemas

1886 Broadway,
New York, NY 10023

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Lincoln Plaza Cinemas

Located at Broadway and W. 63rd Street. Opened in 1981, this below-ground facility, functional and uninspiring in appearance, became 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 was an indispensable mecca for the mega-legions of area cinephiles.

It was operated by Dan & Toby Talbot in association with France’s Gaumont chain for 36 years. Sadly Dan Talbot passed away on December 29, 2017. The Lincoln Plaza Cinemas closed 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 on January 16, 2018 at 10:58 pm

Yeah, I saw Hostiles here last weekend as well. The credit card kiosk was broken so one needed to use the box office window, the screen (theater 4) was absolutely tiny, yet due to older, cheaper projection equipment still had some visible pixelization (whereas a new 4K projector will look gorgeously sharp even on far bigger screens), the showing was done in a closed caption format (perhaps to fit the older audience, but I found it kinda distracting and as far as I could tell was not readily advertised for that format when I was looking up showtimes). As well as usual issues with uncomfortable seats in a well over two hour movie, and patrons who snore or have loud cell phone rings during the movie.

I’ve seen a lot of great films here, and certainly feel bad for people who are going to be out of a job, but it was a good last screening as it reinforced idea I already had that in many ways it’s time for this place to close.

vindanpar on January 16, 2018 at 11:31 pm

Is Frank Rowley still around? I can’t say enough good things about this man. Cinema going in New York was such a pleasure because of him.

ahmilne on January 18, 2018 at 7:35 pm

According to an article in West Side Rag (online) today, Frank Rowley has been with Lincoln Plaza for 20 years.

I was at the Regency reading the paper, the day The NY Times announced its closing, people were weeping and soon, so was I.

Frank Rowley, I followed you to other revival houses including the Biograph and Gramercy but did not realize you were behind the scenes at Lincoln Plaza as well. So many of us (I went today) will miss this theatre and what we could count on. There is nothing like seeing a film in a theatre with an audience who wants to see a film, not look at phones.

bigjoe59 on January 24, 2018 at 6:04 pm


in my Jan. 16 comment i meant to say i found “no

bigjoe59 on April 8, 2019 at 7:26 pm


is this theater ever going to be a regular 1st run house again. the ads I’ve seen in the Times makes it appear to only show films after they’ve exhausted they original 1st run engagements.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on April 8, 2019 at 8:33 pm

bigjoe, the ads you’re seeing are for the New Plaza.

MarkNYLA on April 8, 2019 at 8:34 pm

bigjoe59: I believe you are a bit confused, the Lincoln Plaza never reopened. You are seeing ads for the New Plaza Cinema, located across the street at the NYIT auditorium. This is a non-profit cinema guild that used to operate uptown at a Jewish Community Center. They are floating around the west side looking for a permanent home.

bigjoe59 on April 9, 2019 at 5:24 pm


thanks to Al A. and MarkNYLA for the info. so are your responses a discreet way of saying when the Lincoln Plaza closed end Jan. 2018 and the management company said “the theater will reopen when the necessary structural work is completed” it was one big fat lie?

HowardBHaas on April 9, 2019 at 5:41 pm

THEY were NOT saying that anybody lied! Be careful with accusations. All that was said above was that this theater never reopened & you were confusing theaters.

bigjoe59 on April 11, 2019 at 5:22 pm


to HowardBHaas- unless you have a vested interest in Milstein Properties(the owner of the building complex Lincoln Plaza was a part of) I thought your comment was a tad to frank. I suppose I should have said this- the fact that the Lincoln Plaza never reopened is by an large proof that MP’s comment about the theater reopening after structural work was completed was a big fib. I by no means meant to interpret Al A. and MarkNYLA’s comment comments as providing evidence.

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