Baronet & Coronet Theatre

993 3rd Avenue,
New York, NY 10022

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ridethectrain on August 14, 2019 at 1:32 am

The official name was Baronet and Coronet

theamazin on November 14, 2018 at 5:36 pm

I managed this theater back in the late 80s. Great location. Lots of celebs came by. One of the best times of my life.

Mikeoaklandpark on December 21, 2017 at 9:16 pm

Maybe Midnight Cowboy?

MSC77 on December 21, 2017 at 5:54 pm

“The Graduate” opened here fifty years ago today. The film went on to play one week shy of a full year. (Anyone know of a film that played here for a longer period of time?) And here’s a retrospective article to commemorate the film’s golden anniversary.

dave-bronx™ on April 17, 2017 at 3:41 pm

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.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on April 17, 2017 at 4:23 am

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.

dave-bronx™ on April 17, 2017 at 3:44 am

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.

Gabi Gonzalez
Gabi Gonzalez on April 16, 2017 at 7:18 pm

Hello fellow movie theater lovers,

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vindanpar on December 25, 2015 at 6:40 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.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on December 22, 2015 at 6:50 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.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 22, 2015 at 5:59 am

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.

vindanpar on December 22, 2015 at 5:51 am

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.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on December 22, 2015 at 5:20 am

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 22, 2015 at 5:05 am

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.

vindanpar on December 22, 2015 at 4:47 am

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.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on December 22, 2015 at 4:06 am

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 22, 2015 at 3:43 am

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 22, 2015 at 3:11 am

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 22, 2015 at 2:52 am

Not wrong Coronet, wrong theater!

I’m thinking of the Cinema 1 because of the photo which gives it pride of place. The Cinema 1 was split which before then was a fair sized theater and that is where I saw Oklahoma in Todd AO.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on December 22, 2015 at 12:27 am

Wrong Coronet, Vindanpar. The second screen here was piggybacked on top. The screen size was not affected as there was no split.

Jerdone, the Baronet/Coronet was a prime first run screen since the upper east side became the main movie-going area in NYC in the early sixties and local art houses started grossing more than Broadway theatres with non-action films.

vindanpar on December 21, 2015 at 11:14 pm

Before the Coronet l was split it had a very impressive sized screen. They even showed Oklahoma there in Todd AO in the early 80s.

The recent publicity about Oklahoma being shown for the first time in Todd AO in 60 years is bunk. I even saw it at the Penthouse in ‘78 in a beautiful print. You can even see the ad for it on the Strand page.

Jerdone on December 21, 2015 at 9:49 pm

After The Graduate opened at the Coronet in 1967 it became the theater where everyone wanted to open a film. The Walter Reade Organization (WRO) leased the property where they were located and they were indeed torn down.

The theaters pictured were Cinema I and II which were part of the Rugoff Chain and remain.

The Fine Arts burned about 1970 and the producer-screenwriter Dory Schary’s office which was housed there burned.

WRO operated 127 theaters in the late 60’s including drive-ins all along the Jersey shore.

It opened “Night Of The Living Dead” at midnight in a number of its theaters to make sure it wasn’t reviewed by the critics. The film cost slightly more than $100,000 and did about $30,000,000 in its initial run. As they say, the rest is history.

mharmon999 on June 20, 2015 at 9:08 pm

It was on Fathers Day 1984 that we saw The Karate Kid in the Baronet side, also saw Karate Kid II in 1986. Clue and Jagged Edge I saw in the Coronet side.

mariaconfetti on August 14, 2014 at 4:50 pm

I worked a block away in the 80’s and went to the movies every week – sometimes a couple of times a week. I loved going there. They were clean, played the regular movies, plus the art & foreign movies. Used to catch the 5PM’s to avoid the crazy lines.

Remember getting an invite to the Patch Adams screening while waiting in line for a blockbuster movie, which I can’t recall.

Garth on August 10, 2013 at 9:28 pm

Saw “The Sailor Who Fell From Grace With the Sea” at the Coronet in ‘76, and “A Different Story” at Baronet in '78.