Coronet 1 & 2

993 Third Avenue,
New York, NY 10022

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

vindanpar on December 21, 2015 at 8:47 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.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on December 21, 2015 at 8:06 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 7:43 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 7:11 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 6:52 pm

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 21, 2015 at 4:27 pm

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 3:14 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 1:49 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 1:08 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 8:50 am

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 1:28 pm

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

Mikeoaklandpark on June 18, 2013 at 7:17 am

Howard. The Paramount Columbus Circle was definately small. I saw The Blue Lagoon there in 70MM and the screen was also not very large. I saw Brubaker at Cinema 3 and it was about the same size as the paramount.

HowardBHaas on June 18, 2013 at 6:00 am

I saw a movie in the Cinema 3 that was a small single screen in the Plaza Hotel

I didn’t get to the Paramount Columbus Circle but figured it wasn’t too small

theamazin on June 18, 2013 at 1:28 am

I worked at the Baronet Coronet as the assistant manager from the opening of Ghostbusters 2 in June 1989 until March 1990. Before the Baronet Coronet I worked at the Manhattan Twin around the corner as an usher. After the BC I was given my own theater. I became the manager of The Regency on the westside in March of 1990. The first movie I showed there was Nuns on the Run.

The Baronet Coronet was an awesome place to work. For Cineplex Odeon, who owned it at the time, it was one of their premiere NYC venues so we got a lot of perks. I remember meeting lots of celebrities while working there. The place was huge and filled with history, even after the renovation.

I’m now a professional screenwriter, but before Hollywood I worked at many, now closed and demolished NYC theaters. The Paramount, a tiny theater that was across from FAO Schwartz that I can’t remember the name. Another tiny theater in the basement of the Plaza Hotel. Can’t remember the name of the that one either. The World Wide Plaza. If anyone has any questions about these theaters maybe I can help. : )

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 17, 2013 at 2:20 am

A few photos of the Coronet Theatre appear on this page of the July, 1963, issue of International Projectionist.

Mikeoaklandpark on June 6, 2013 at 9:35 am

It was the Fine Arts. It became a spin off of St Patrick’s cathederal for many years but that closed about 10 years ago

dave-bronx™ on June 6, 2013 at 7:59 am

Does anybody remember the little Walter Reade art house that was on 58th St. btwn Lexington and Park, mid-block on the south side of the street? I can’t remember the name of it, and I want to look it up here on CT. At the time that Pathé Cinema lost the lease on the Paris Theatre in the early 90s they looked at this former Reade house as a place to possibly relocate to. It was then being used as a chapel by the Archdiocese of New York, and they weren’t interested in giving it up. Today I think there is a Subway sandwich shop in there.

Ian on March 9, 2013 at 4:10 am

A photo from April 2000 showing the closed theatres here:–