Lincoln Plaza Cinemas

1886 Broadway,
New York, NY 10023

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Lincoln Plaza Cinemas, New York City, NY

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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fred1
fred1 on December 19, 2017 at 12:23 pm

Perhaps with new operators

bigjoe59
bigjoe59 on December 19, 2017 at 8:17 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 5:36 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 3:50 pm

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 7:15 pm

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

bigjoe59
bigjoe59 on January 16, 2018 at 9:10 pm

Hello-

in reference to cmbussmann’s Dec. 20 comment. I saw Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool last weekend and found evidence of said dinginess, musty and uncomfortable ambiance.

xbs2034
xbs2034 on January 17, 2018 at 3:58 am

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
vindanpar on January 17, 2018 at 4:31 am

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
ahmilne on January 19, 2018 at 12:35 am

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
bigjoe59 on January 24, 2018 at 11:04 pm

Hello-

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

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