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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Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on December 21, 2015 at 9:11 pm

Nope. Cinema 1 & 2 opened as an art house twin in 1962. It was triplexed in 1988 and two main screens remained the same because the third screen did not affect screen width in any way. You did not see “OKLAHOMA” here in TODD AO. They had 70mm at best.

vindanpar on December 21, 2015 at 9:43 pm

Are you saying the original screen size in theater 1 is the same and only the auditorium was made smaller? Because when I returned in the 90’s the auditorium was much smaller and the screen was in no way as expansive as what it was for OK.

Goldwyn releasing played OK exclusively here in the early 80s so it would be interesting to see what the ad says. If it says 70mm I stand corrected. But could they have played a 70MM print and called it Todd AO?

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on December 21, 2015 at 10:06 pm

This theatre was piggy-backed twinned in 1962. The downstairs screen was left intact when a new theatre was built on top. When exactly did “OKLAHOMA” ever play here? I can’t recall this prime first run ever doing retro in the 80’s. Demand was too high for first-run.

vindanpar on December 21, 2015 at 10:47 pm

Well I saw Ran and OK here in the 80s though god knows this is so long ago now. What year did Ran open? It was very crowded and I waited on one of those east side movie lines that were so ubiquitous back then.

I then returned to see a sneak preview of Manhattan Murder Mystery in the 90s and remember thinking they ruined this one splendid spacious art house. It was clearly a disappointingly smaller place though I could tell by the seat configuration it was part of the older theater.

And I was surprised myself that they showed OK(maybe ‘81 or '82?) considering that this was one of NY’s most important theaters of the time but it was a special big fanfare release and I was grateful the screen was large enough to do it justice. I saw it on a Sat and it wasn’t at all crowded so it probably didn’t last too long.

vindanpar on December 21, 2015 at 11:05 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 11:20 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 on December 21, 2015 at 11:51 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 11:59 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 12:50 pm

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 on December 25, 2015 at 12:40 am

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.

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