Lincoln Plaza Cinemas

1886 Broadway,
New York, NY 10023

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bigjoe59 on January 24, 2018 at 6:04 pm


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

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.

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.

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.

bigjoe59 on January 16, 2018 at 4:10 pm


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.

moviebuff82 on December 30, 2017 at 2:15 pm

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

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.

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.

bigjoe59 on December 19, 2017 at 3:17 pm


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

fred1 on December 19, 2017 at 7:23 am

Perhaps with new operators

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.

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?

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

bigjoe59 on December 18, 2017 at 5:55 pm


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.

xbs2034 on December 15, 2017 at 6:10 pm

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).

moviebuff82 on August 25, 2017 at 9:15 pm

Not to be confused with Lincoln Square a few blocks down…

John Fink
John Fink on December 17, 2015 at 1:43 pm

Not sure if they are – Film Forum will have Son of Saul in 35MM per FF’s website.

Giles on December 17, 2015 at 1:16 pm

has this been changed over to digial projection or do some of the auditoriums still project 35mm? I only ask since Sony Classic’s is releasing the critically acclaimed ‘Son of Saul’ as such (which opens in limited release tomorrow).

cmbussmann on July 22, 2015 at 12:42 pm

Had never seen a movie here before and I won’t be going back. This place is totally dingy, with a faint musty smell, and uncomfortable, cramped seating. The screens are tiny too! Hard to justify $14 on even the best film if the setting is so poor. Considering both the Paris & Ziegfeld are near-by, I doubt I’ll ever be back here.

moviebuff82 on March 4, 2015 at 4:37 pm

the concert hall near this theater will be renamed after David Geffen according to reports.

mhvbear on July 31, 2013 at 2:20 pm

Woody Allen always does well in NYC and LA and a few of the cities in between. He always has been a bit of a niche market director. He has had his hits and more than his share of flops. The fact that he married his companion;s adopted daughter is so old news. ‘Blue Jasmine’ averaged in excess of $100,000 per theater in it’s opening weekend. It is set to go wider in NYC this Friday including 3 screens at the Chelsea Cinemas. And is already be mentioned for Oscar nominations.

raysson on July 31, 2013 at 12:09 pm

Moviemanforever: You’re absolutely right. Woody Allen hasn’t made a decent respectable comedy since “Sleeper”(that was 40 years ago!),and the last Woody Allen movie that made me laugh was “Radio Days” back in 1987. But since his involvement and molestation with his own stepdaughter has led people away from his films. Woody Allen hasn’t had a hit movie in years(decades) since this scandal has physically and permanently damaged his appeal to movie audiences and his career as a brilliant and gifted writer and director as well as producer. Sad but true. It’s no wonder that Diane Keaton and Mia Farrow have departed ways with him. Keaton said once in a interview that she doesn’t want to be nowhere near a Woody Allen project ever again.

The last Woody Allen movie I saw was 2012’s “From Rome With Love” that played in a 22-plex on the Friday before the July 4th weekend, and every theater was sold out except “From Rome With Love”. There were 10 people in the theater when the film started and about halfway through the movie 9 left with only 2 people inside when the film ended. The reason? “Rome With Love” played opposite “The Dark Knight Rises” that weekend which played on four screens that brought in capacity crowds. The same can be said about Spike Lee too, whose ego has turned away movie audiences. The last Spike Lee movie I saw played at the same 22-plex and their were only five people in the theater. A crying shame.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on July 31, 2013 at 11:58 am

Aren’t you forgetting that “MIDNIGHT IN PARIS” was a big hit world wide just two years ago? It made over $151 million on a $17 million budget.

How many Hollywood movies have that ratio these days?

mhvbear on July 24, 2013 at 8:30 am

Yes this is one of the usual venues for new Woody Allen films along with the Angelika. And there are 4 venues the new BAM Harvey is is showing “Blue Jasmine” as well starting Friday in Brooklyn. I think I will make the trek over there and check out their new set-up.