Coronet 1 & 2

993 Third Avenue,
New York, NY 10022

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hdtv267
hdtv267 on August 10, 2013 at 2:23 pm

knowing I’m about 2 ½ months late to the party, circling back to what Howard and Mike mentioned, I attended a movie at the Columbus Circle, not very large, my senility is keeping me from recalling the film I saw there. I vaguely recall going down these steps to get into the theatre?

Garth
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
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
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 http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/6461

I didn’t get to the Paramount Columbus Circle but figured it wasn’t too small http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/2654

theamazin
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
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™
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
Ian on March 9, 2013 at 4:10 am

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

CORONET CINEMA

LJ11211
LJ11211 on October 24, 2012 at 11:02 am

In January of 1970 Robert Altman’s MAS*H premiered at the Baronet. I’m looking for any photos or news film reports to use in a documentary about Altman’s life and work.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 15, 2012 at 3:58 pm

This page of Boxoffice of June 7, 1952, has photos of the Baronet Theatre. One photo shows the entrance of house from before the remodeling, when it was the Arcadia Theatre.

bigjoe59
bigjoe59 on March 29, 2011 at 12:46 pm

i wish to correct an earlier post in which a fellow poster
stated that although the Coronet played many an exclusive
engagement in its long storied career it never had a reserved
seat or to use the trade term roadshow film engagement. it
did. THE TAMING OF THE SHREW directed by Franco Zefferelli and
starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton opened at the
Coronet on a reserved seat engagement. the spring of 1967 if
i’m not mistaken.

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on January 30, 2011 at 1:12 pm

New link to the “GINGER COFFEY” ad;

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AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on January 21, 2011 at 5:15 pm

Architect’s cutaway rendering of the Baronet/Coronet plan.

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milanp
milanp on December 25, 2010 at 8:41 am

I loved how all the “Bloomingdales Belt” theaters had their own unique identity/personality. It was so pronounced in most cases—particularly with Cinema 1, the Coronet, the Plaza and the Sutton—that you could almost predict where certain films would open. In the 24-screen multiplex era, that sort of thing is definitely a lost art/charm. The only remaining NY theater that still books films like they used to is the Paris. And even their most recent bookings have seemed oddly discordant (“All Good Things” versus, say, “The King’s Speech”?)
Nostalgia ain’t what it used to be, I guess.

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on September 18, 2010 at 8:55 am

A shot of the Arcadia marquee can be seen in the 1950 film “YOUNG MAN WITH A HORN” during the final ten minute montage of Kirk Douglas wandering around Manhattan under the third avenue El.

BrianF
BrianF on July 12, 2010 at 11:06 am

Al, I worked at the Baronet /Coronet until 1994, and got licenses for theatre through 2000.
It is my recollection that from 1997-2000:
the UPSTAIRS (larger) theatre was called CORONET-1, and
the DOWNSTAIRS (formerly BARONET, on the right, or north, side) was then called CORONET-2.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on July 9, 2010 at 7:46 pm

Newspaper ad great. Abby Hoffman a theatre manager? loved to have been at one of his employee meetings.

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on February 5, 2010 at 7:00 pm

This building was showing movies as the Queens Theatre from 1919 to 1925.
The Arcadia from 1926 to 1951.
The Baronet from 1952 to 1996.
The Coronet-1 from 1997 to 2000.

The upstairs theatre was:
The Coronet from 1962 to 1996.
The Coronet-2 from 1997 to 2000.

vicboda
vicboda on October 7, 2009 at 2:00 pm

I remember that one of these theaters had no doors – the front was just open no matter what the weather and the sidewalk was carpeted. There was a huge modern painting at the far end of the lobby. So sad how film exhibition changed.

William
William on July 28, 2009 at 9:50 am

RobertR, your April 17th. 2009 post shows the Astral Theatre, not the Coronet 1 & 2 Theatres.

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on March 6, 2009 at 3:36 pm

This issue of Boxoffice flagged by HowardBHaas on the Beekman page features a rare shot of the Arcadia just before it became the Baronet. Go to page 160.

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