Coronet 1 & 2

993 Third Avenue,
New York, NY 10022

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Cinema 1, 2, 3 and Coronet 1 & 2 - 2001

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The former Baronet & Coronet was once one of the hottest places to see first run films on New York’s Upper East Side during the 1960’s and 1970’s.

Sadly, it’s once famous facade and reputation declined in the past 25 years and the theater finally closed in September 2001. The old Baronet & Coronet lettering and crowns could still be seen through decades of dirt caked on to its fading exterior.

The theater has been demolished to make way for an office building.

Contributed by Ross Melnick

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vindanpar
vindanpar on December 21, 2015 at 9:05 pm

I found this on the 70mm website referring to the ‘82 release of OK though it does not mention the theater it played in.

‘Major restorations on the film, which has had only limited TV airing and has been theatrically shown only in 35mm since 1956, was done under the supervision of Tom Bodley, Goldwyn’s director of the film department, in conjunction with MGM laboratories and Todd-AO. This marks the first time in 20 years that a print has been struck in 70mm, rather than blown up from the conventional 35mm. The restored version will include the films original overtures, exit music and intermission.’

So what did I see at the Penthouse above the Warner Cinerama in ‘78? Was it an original Todd AO print? Whatever it was it was spectacular and I did not know why I liked it so much when on TV it was such a bore until I found out it really was separately filmed from the 35mm film. So that bit about it only being shown in 35mm since '56 is wrong.

If I could only go back in time and have the sense to talk to the managers and the projectionists of that era.

I still remember the humongous cans of Todd AO South Pacific in the Cinerama lobby.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on December 21, 2015 at 9:20 pm

Neither “RAN” nor “MANHATTAN MURDER MYSTERY” opened at this theatre. “RAN” opened at the Cinema I and “MANHATTAN MURDER MYSTERY” opened at the Beekman. You need to do a little research before posting false memories on this site.

vindanpar
vindanpar on December 21, 2015 at 9:51 pm

When I referred to Ran and OK I was continuing the Cinema 1 discussion. When I mentioned MMM I specifically said sneak preview. I’m sorry I’ve confused you but as I said that photo initially threw me.

My memories are not false. There is no need for research I was there. Sometimes memories run together and I apologize for that. Especially when its 35 years ago and you’ve got 5 theaters on the same small city block.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 21, 2015 at 9:59 pm

Samuel Goldwyn Co. acquired the rights to Oklahoma and re-released it in both Todd-AO and 35mm formats in 1982.

Tri-Star ran nationwide sneak previews of Manhattan Murder Mystery the weekend prior to its release on Wednesday, August 18, 1993. A weekend ad for the theater running the preview might have an announcement about the event.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on December 22, 2015 at 10:50 am

I know personally that time clouds memories, vindanpar. The “OKLAHOMA!” 1983 re-release was at Cinema 1 and the “MANHATTAN MURDER MYSTERY” previews were at the Beekman.

vindanpar
vindanpar on December 24, 2015 at 10:40 pm

Perhaps then I saw at Cinema 1 a preview of Bullets over Broadway and did see MMM at the Beekman. I was only in the Coronet once and I believe I saw either Gallipoli or Breaker Morant there. I’d go with Cinema 1 for Days of Heaven but at this point I wouldn’t bet on it.

I did see Interiors at the Baronet at a first showing on the first Sat of the run. A line outside and the place was packed. I remember I liked it enormously when everyone from the critics to the audience hated it. Went again a short while later and found it just as good.

Gabi Gonzalez
Gabi Gonzalez on April 16, 2017 at 11:18 am

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dave-bronx™
dave-bronx™ on April 16, 2017 at 7:44 pm

I think the last theatre in Manhattan with Todd-AO was the old Loews State, the original State, not the quad. When it closed the Todd-AO pedestals were taken to Loews 84th where they stayed behind the #3 screen until about 2006 when during a massive clean-out they were dispached to a 40 yd. dumpster sitting in the street in front of the place. I have no idea where the lamphouses, projector and sound heads ended up, but none of the Loews houses in New York had them in 90s forward. Also, for the record, Cinema I had Cinemeccanica Victoria 8 35-70s from at least the early 1980s until they went digital a few years ago, including during the 70mm run of Kurosawa’s RAN in 1985. RAN, btw, had the big splash premiere at Cinema I in conjunction with the Japan promotion that was happening simultaneously at Bloomingdales. The pre-film reception was held inside Bloomingdales and someone had enough juice with the City of New York to get Third Avenue btwn 59th & 60th closed down and have the red carpet laid from Bloomingdales main Third Ave. entrance across the street to the entrance of Cinema I. The 700 invitees sauntered casually across the street when it was getting close to show time, while a gang of cops were turning all the Third Ave. traffic off at 57th, 58th & 59th Streets. Nobody in the theatre business had that kind of influence. I never found out who did.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on April 16, 2017 at 8:23 pm

Ed LaPidus, stagehand at the Ziegfeld, could get that done. Don’t ask how. He never actually did anything, but he got paid every week. This scraggly mess of a man often escorted stars down the red carpet at the Ziegfeld. I never quite understood his position. Stagehand Union politics.

http://www.nytimes.com/1997/01/26/style/the-man-who-rolls-out-the-red-carpet.html

dave-bronx™
dave-bronx™ on April 17, 2017 at 7:41 am

That’s what we thought, but we asked Eddie that evening how he pulled it off and he told us he had been engaged by Orion Classics to handle the theatre, arrange the Kleig light and supply enough carpet. He said he was told the road closure would be handled ‘by others’, but not who specifically. I suspected maybe Bloomingdales management got it done, but never found out for sure. At that time of the evening traffic was still heavy, and the event threw it into chaos blocks and blocks south. Now that I think about it, I remember Mayor Koch (at that time) was a BIG movie fan, he may have given the order after a conversation with the brass from Bloomingdales.

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