Clearview's 62nd & Broadway Cinema

1871 Broadway,
New York, NY 10023

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SeaBassTian
SeaBassTian on September 2, 2012 at 10:24 pm

This was a good venue for catching offbeat art films and avoiding crowds. Always empty, not shocked to see it go.

KingBiscuits
KingBiscuits on December 20, 2011 at 9:23 pm

I have been wondering lately why the Lincoln Plaza owners didn’t consider buying the theatre. It would have made for a good seventh screen.

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on September 30, 2010 at 1:05 pm

A video tour of the new premises can be seen here:
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AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on March 9, 2010 at 8:04 am

The introduction implies that Clearview had to divest of some locations during the Loews takeover of Cineplex Odeon. In actuality, Loews had to divest of some of its locations, allowing Clearview to take over this one.

JackCoursey
JackCoursey on August 9, 2009 at 7:57 am

Here is a 2009 photo of the former 62nd & Broadway Cinema.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on June 4, 2009 at 1:35 pm

Yes, it’s now official. Renovations have started on what will be called the NYIT Auditorium on Broadway. The plate glass entrance has been painted over with signage, but the attraction board (now empty) is still there. More information can be found at www.nyit.edu

DARCYDT
DARCYDT on June 4, 2009 at 12:32 pm

This is the right theater. I made this comment originally for the Clearview 62nd and 1st Avenue theater.

I passed this theater today and it now has a big sign up surrounding the entrance saying coming soon NYIT (New York Institute of Technology) auditorium.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on May 15, 2009 at 9:37 am

When I passed by yesterday, THEATRE CLOSED had been removed from the attraction board, which is now totally blank. A sign in the lobby for a nearby technical college suggested that the school may have taken over the site, perhaps to use as an auditorium or to convert to some other use. But that’s only a guess.

John Fink  (www.johnfinkfilms.com)
John Fink (www.johnfinkfilms.com) on April 27, 2009 at 4:32 am

Or let Clearview’s sibling IFC run it as IFC Center: Uptown. Sure, it’s like bringing back Angelika 57, but this is a pretty nice auditorium and isn’t as awkwardly laid out as Lincoln Plaza Cinemas where going to the bathroom is an adventure. Clearview could never figure out an identity for the place and it seemed like it was completely written off. For a while it couldn’t play day and date with Lincoln Plaza and Lincoln Square, later I think it played some features day and date with Lincoln Square. There are a lot of art theaters in the area including Lincoln Plaza and The Paris, but none do quite what IFC does.

Then again we saw how well Cinema Latino worked out.

SethLewis
SethLewis on April 27, 2009 at 3:51 am

We can dream but wouldn’t this make a nice companion to the Lincoln Plaza Cinemas almost diagonally across the street…Book this as the flagship with 300 seats for the opening first x weeks and move the feature over after that into the plex

Forrest136
Forrest136 on April 13, 2009 at 2:37 pm

This was almost the last single screen cinema in Manhattan. It was a nice cozy theater, but Clearview never knew how to book the right pictures there! It reminded me alot of the now also closed Cineplex Odeons Worldwide Cinemas. Same design and color scheme!

Forrest136
Forrest136 on April 13, 2009 at 2:35 pm

What a shame that this theater closed

William
William on April 8, 2009 at 10:57 am

I think it was “The Great Buck Howard” was the last.

DARCYDT
DARCYDT on April 8, 2009 at 10:14 am

Does anyone know the last film to play here? I remember I used to pass it and pick up WPLJ music surveys in the lobby. Only picture I saw there was a sneak preview of “The Babe” starring John Goodman as Babe Ruth back in 92 I think.

HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on April 4, 2009 at 10:28 am

Clearview’s website now lists only 3 NYC theaters: Ziegfeld, Chelsea, and First and 62nd Street.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on April 4, 2009 at 8:18 am

When I passed the site on Thursday afternoon (4/02/09), there was a “closed” sign on the attraction board above the entrance. Several workers were in the lobby area, packing up large boxes and crates, apparently waiting for a truck to come and cart them away.

br91975
br91975 on April 1, 2009 at 8:47 am

I walked by the 62nd & Broadway Cinema this morning and the marquee read ‘Theater Closed’. Not a surprise in the least…

KingBiscuits
KingBiscuits on September 1, 2008 at 11:41 pm

The theatre opened on December 8th, 1989 with the opening engagement being The War Of The Roses.

br91975
br91975 on May 27, 2008 at 8:57 am

I suspect Clearview is locked into a long-term lease the landlord won’t allow them to terminate.

This theatre really hasn’t had any sustainable ‘oomph’ to it since the three-year disagreement between Fox and Loews Theatres over Manhattan booking terms ended in 2002, and lost a lot of its strength previously when the Loews Lincoln Square opened in November of 1994. During the Fox-Loews discord, it was the beneficiary of being the sole UWS venue (save for the Metro at Broadway & 99th and the Olympia at Broadway & 107th) for Fox product, but, since then, it’s just kind of hung on (much as the former Clearview 59th Street East Cinema did in its final years).

I went there for the first time in over nine years last December and was struck by its lack of charm; the auditorium itself felt more akin to a medium-sized, uni-leveled lecture hall, with curtainless, mostly white walls, save only for some moderate decor from the venue’s Cineplex Odeon days. The lack of character could have been overlooked when this was a popular theatre, but, at current, it’s obvious and depressing.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on May 22, 2008 at 6:28 am

I walk by this theatre several times a week, but have never seen anyone entering, leaving, or even waiting in the foyer.

edblank
edblank on May 21, 2008 at 10:40 pm

The starting times for movies here always seemed to be inordinately spaced out, with breaks of maybe an hour with nothing on the screen. And attendance never was good in my experience. — Ed Blank

efriedmann
efriedmann on June 22, 2007 at 8:46 am

I went to this theater only once for GODS AND MONSTERS in 1999.

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on October 11, 2006 at 4:48 am

Whew! It’s back again and showing SCOOP. Flooding again, perhaps?