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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Located adjacent to the New Amsterdam Theatre (west side). The Cine 42 opened as a single screen in November 1974. It was twinned in December 1978. 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.

Today part of the building serves as the booking office for the New Amsterdam Theatre.

Contributed by RobertR

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Bloop
Bloop on June 6, 2007 at 7:53 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!

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on July 14, 2008 at 5:47 pm

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

KingBiscuits
KingBiscuits on August 31, 2008 at 12:19 am

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

woody
woody on November 3, 2009 at 3:27 pm

photos i took of the closed Cine 42 in 1995
in this photo the marquee reads VISIT SELWYN HARRIS THEATRES FOR BEST MOVIES
http://www.flickr.com/photos/woody1969/4073388808/
and a longer shot
http://www.flickr.com/photos/woody1969/78612802/
a distant shot of the Amsterdam and Cine 42 undergoing restoration
http://www.flickr.com/photos/woody1969/3508126448/
seen here while Lion King was playing
http://www.flickr.com/photos/woody1969/73312407/
and a night shot while Mary Poppins was playing
http://www.flickr.com/photos/woody1969/2007861285/

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on February 17, 2010 at 8:22 am

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

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on April 13, 2011 at 4:48 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).

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on August 6, 2012 at 8:20 am

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

RobertEndres
RobertEndres on February 9, 2016 at 12:46 pm

I worked here as relief projectionist for a couple of weeks before it was twinned in 1978. It was kind of unusual in that the theatre started on the 2nd floor of the building with the screen at the south end and the booth at the 42nd St. end. They had probably cut the 3rd floor in half crosswise to make a balcony which was ramped up to the top at 42nd St. The booth occupied the space just behind the last rows. There was a ladder going up the wall in the booth to the roof, and I remember one snowy winter evening climbing the ladder and opening the roof hatch to see how much snow was falling as I wouldn’t be getting out until 2 A.M. or so.

The aisle went up to the back wall and actually split the booth structure into two sections. One was the booth itself and across the aisle was the room containing the rectifiers for the xenon lamps.

There were three machines in the booth, the third crammed almost against the west wall. It was added after the theatre opened to give it the redundancy the other theatres on 42nd St. had. It was so close to the wall there was no viewing port, and the controls were on the other side of the projector near the controls for the #2 machine. As I recall there was a small seat and the only other seat was the toilet itself which fortunately had a seat with a lid!

So much pot was smoked that the regular projectionist had sealed the ports up with masking tape around the edges to avoid getting a contact high. I don’t believe it was a Norman Adie theatre, but was owned by a man named Clark. Later when they added the 2nd screen in the building next door, I heard they knocked a hole in the wall next to the #3 machine and the operator had to walk on a catwalk that extended outside and into the booth next door. It was an “interesting” operation.

Rstewart
Rstewart on February 9, 2016 at 5:03 pm

It is astounding the poor access to booths, especially when there was a twinning, etc. You can tell that whoever designed some of them never had to haul film cases up to the booth! A catwalk from one booth to the other, just wonder what OSHA would have to say about that today.

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