Cine 42

216 W. 42nd Street,
New York, NY 10036

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Cine 42 Theatre just to the right of the New Amsterdam Theatre exterior

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This twin was one of the few houses on the street not operated by Brandt Theatres. Never more then a kung-fu and schlock house, it closed in 1992.

Contributed by RobertR

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poman on March 20, 2007 at 8:26 pm

I believe some of the prints from these theaters were donated to the Anthology Film Archives downtown. Unfortunately, I don’t think Jonas Mekas has added MAD MONKEY KUNG FU, MAFIA VS. NINJA or MORON MOVIES to his “Essential Cinema” list!!!

Bloop on June 6, 2007 at 11:53 pm

One point never mentioned about 42nd Street “grind houses”: they showed OLD movies from the 1970’s—in the friggin' 1980’s. I remember a marque showing “Legend of the Wolf Woman” (from I believe 1977) in like 1981! I can’t imagine charging full price to see a 4 year old movie! I also remember seeing “Lisa & The Devil” (A.K.A. “House of Excorcism” w/ Telly Savalas & Elke Sommer) from 1975—-playing in 1980! And actually, it may have been at Cine 42! I cannot remember. So sad that when I look at those shots like the above picture from RobertR; the 1970’s are staring to look like the early 1950’s from where we now stand!

AlAlvarez on July 14, 2008 at 9:47 pm

Was this the same as the Roxy Twin at one point?

KingBiscuits on August 31, 2008 at 4:19 am

This theatre would get the New York exclusives of some of the lesser Troma films back in the 1980’s.

woody on November 3, 2009 at 9:27 pm

photos i took of the closed Cine 42 in 1995
in this photo the marquee reads VISIT SELWYN HARRIS THEATRES FOR BEST MOVIES
and a longer shot
a distant shot of the Amsterdam and Cine 42 undergoing restoration
seen here while Lion King was playing
and a night shot while Mary Poppins was playing

AlAlvarez on February 17, 2010 at 2:22 pm

This theatre first appears in ads in November 1974. It was twinned at Christmas 1978.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on April 13, 2011 at 8:48 pm

The CIne 42 occupied – at least in part – a storefront that had been one of those Fascination arcades that were around TImes Square back in the ‘70’s and very early '80’s (and probably even much earlier than that).

Tinseltoes on August 6, 2012 at 11:26 am

Sub-divided in 1978 by the same company that did the much larger Loew’s 83rd Street on the Upper West Side: Boxoffice

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on August 6, 2012 at 12:20 pm

“New plastic-molded seats” at the Cine 42. Wow! My backside is aching just at the memory of them.

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