NYIT Auditorium

1871 Broadway,
New York, NY 10023

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areacode212
areacode212 on July 6, 2014 at 11:35 am

This is now called the NYIT Auditorium, but it’s sometimes still rented out for some screenings and/or premieres of smaller movies. I walked past a couple of years ago and saw Maggie Gyllenhaal being interviewed here for “Won’t Back Down”.

SeaBassTian
SeaBassTian on September 3, 2012 at 6:24 am

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 21, 2011 at 5:23 am

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.

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on March 9, 2010 at 4:04 pm

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 3:57 pm

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

DARCYDT
DARCYDT on June 4, 2009 at 8:32 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.

John Fink
John Fink on April 27, 2009 at 12:32 pm

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 11:51 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 10:37 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 10:35 pm

What a shame that this theater closed

William
William on April 8, 2009 at 6:57 pm

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

DARCYDT
DARCYDT on April 8, 2009 at 6:14 pm

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 6:28 pm

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

br91975
br91975 on April 1, 2009 at 4:47 pm

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 2, 2008 at 7:41 am

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

br91975
br91975 on May 27, 2008 at 4:57 pm

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.

edblank
edblank on May 22, 2008 at 6:40 am

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 4:46 pm

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

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on October 11, 2006 at 12:48 pm

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

Forrest136
Forrest136 on October 6, 2006 at 7:23 am

No listings for this theatre! Has another single screen theatre closed in Manhattan?

hardbop
hardbop on July 12, 2006 at 4:56 pm

I walked by hear on Friday and saw a “For Rent” sign in the window, but the theatre was still open. When I walked by again last night, the “For Rent” sign was gone. Hmmmmm.

hardbop
hardbop on January 17, 2006 at 3:26 pm

I’m kind of surprised this one is still open. I caught a film here New Year’s day weekend (TRANSAMERICA) because I figured it was one I would be able to get into since so many films have platform releases. There were quite a few people at the weekend afternoon screening that I attended.

br91975
br91975 on June 1, 2005 at 1:26 am

After their 1998 merger the then-newly rechristened Loews Cineplex held onto the following former Manhattan Cineplex Odeon locations:

  • the Art Greenwich, at 12th and Greenwich, due to the landlord’s plans to convert the space into an Equinox gym (after closing briefly, the theatre operated as an indie – booked by Creative Enrtertainment – from March of ‘99 through May of '00, before shuttering its doors for good);
  • for reasons unknown (it certainly wasn’t due to overall profits), the Worldwide Cinemas on 50th between 8th and 9th Avenues;
  • the Coronet Cinemas at 3rd and 59th, because of the value to developers of the land they stood on;
  • and the Regency at Broadway and 67th, which was already operating on borrowed time when the terms of the merger were being hashed out and was demolished during the spring of ‘99.