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

Recent comments (view all 41 comments)

dave-bronx™ on September 10, 2006 at 10:20 pm

I think the Cine 42 was a Norman Adie operation – he and the Brandts ran most of those houses on the deuce. The pictures that played those houses in 1970s were playing in drive-ins in other parts of the country. The Deuce, due to the absence of drive-ins in New York, was the only indoor booking for many of these pictures. One epic in particular that comes to mind from that era was ‘Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama’. It was the kind of stuff that today goes direct to video – they don’t even strike any prints.

poman on March 20, 2007 at 4:26 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 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 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 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
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

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.

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