Cine 42

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

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Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on August 6, 2012 at 4:20 pm

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

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on August 6, 2012 at 3:26 pm

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

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on April 14, 2011 at 12:48 am

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).

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on February 17, 2010 at 4:22 pm

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

woody
woody on November 3, 2009 at 11:27 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/

KingBiscuits
KingBiscuits on August 31, 2008 at 8:19 am

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

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on July 15, 2008 at 1:47 am

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

Bloop
Bloop on June 7, 2007 at 3:53 am

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!

poman
poman on March 20, 2007 at 11:26 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!!!

dave-bronx™
dave-bronx™ on September 11, 2006 at 6:20 am

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.

sevenhooks
sevenhooks on September 11, 2006 at 3:04 am

Yes, gotta love it.
And right next door at Cine 42 you got a Bruce Li flick paired with Sonny Chiba’s Champion of Death.
What a time!

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on September 11, 2006 at 2:55 am

Great shot of the Duece circa 1977 from the imdb info on the title on the New Amsterdam marquee. Interesting to see th emusic documentary “Wattstax” from the early 1970’s (sort of a black Woodstock) supporting the main Rudy Ray Moore epic!

RobertR
RobertR on September 10, 2006 at 11:15 pm

I didn’t mean to post the pic here just the link
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AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on August 3, 2006 at 2:54 pm

Hmmm. Shame that the X-rated swashbuckler genre didn’t take hold. ILSA, SHE WOLF OF THE SS might have had competition.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on August 3, 2006 at 2:11 pm

Richard Pryor had three roles in what might have been his most uproarious film:

Which Way is Up? – NY Daily News 1/25/78
The film ran concurrently at the Victoria just around the corner and up a couple of blocks on Times Square. It wasn’t often that major studio releases included both the Broadway house and the Duece grinder in its advertised listing, but this particular paper features a few such ads (note also the one for “Telefon” in this clipping, playing at the Anco and the Embassy 2).

JKane
JKane on July 5, 2006 at 2:04 am

I recall the Cine 42 being the scariest of the Deuce theaters by the ‘80s, as well as the most claustrophobic and uncomfortable, without any of the decayed charm of his grander brethren. I’d only go if I couldn’t find a particular film anywhere else. Remember catching “Bloodeaters” (aka “Toxic Zombies”) there, along with a few others.
JKane

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on April 26, 2006 at 6:57 pm

I imagine the prints for many of those genre flicks (particularly the imports and low budget indy exploitation films) remained in very close proximity to the Duece at all times since many of the same titles had a habit of popping up on the bottom of double and triple bills up and down the block for years. Maybe that’s because most of them were owned by the Brandt’s chain. I never had the pleasure of actually attending a flick at the Cine 42. I spent most of my time on the north side of the block, though did venture into the Liberty, Harris and Empire once or twice in the ‘80’s.

sevenhooks
sevenhooks on January 22, 2006 at 4:46 am

Hey REndres,

Do you have any idea whatsoever as to what might have become of those kung fu prints at Cine 42?
I only ask because I know that a few action track theaters wouldn’t return the prints to the distributors like they were supposed to.
I know that the Elmwood in RI didn’t and they got a lot of their kung fu movies from World Northal, same as Cine 42 if I remember correctly.
Must have some crazy memories working there!

bamtino
bamtino on September 11, 2005 at 10:42 pm

The address for this theatre should be listed as 216 West 42nd Street, New York, NY 10036.
According to COs issued in 1974 and 1988, capacity was 315 on the second floor (theatre) plus, on the mezzanine level, 131 (theatre balcony). The Certificates never reflected the two distinct auditoriums. Total seating capacity should be listed as 446.

Hibi
Hibi on March 29, 2005 at 5:41 pm

Thanks for clearing up the confusion!

RobertEndres
RobertEndres on March 29, 2005 at 5:35 pm

The theatre you’re thinking of TJ was the Cine Lido which occupied the site of the Latin Quarter. It was a porno house along with the Lido East on the East side around the corner from the Baronet/Coronet. I was in it briefly once on business, and while the house was dark for the film, it looked as if they hadn’t changed the decor of the Latin Quarter at all. Loews Cine was the balcony house of the Loews on 86th St. I worked as a relief projectionist in the Cine 42 before they added the second house in the building next door, and it was probably just another office space before the conversion. The theatre was on the top floors. What was probably the floor of the top floor was half cut away to make a balcony, with the booth at the back right under the roof. There was a ladder on the back wall of the booth which opened out onto the roof. It was a long narrow building, so there was only one aisle in the balcony which split the booth area, with the projectors on one side, and on the other side of the aisle a small closet for the xenon rectifiers. Since most of the 42nd Street theatres had three machines, they had shoe horned a third machine into the booth so close to the wall, that there was no viewing port on the operating side of the projector, and the motor and changeover controls were placed next to the #2 machine controls under the viewing port for that projector. I believe they knocked a hole in that wall for a door that led into the next building across a catwalk between the buildings for the access to the booth for the second theatre when they added it. I never stopped to look at the “orchestra” level one floor down other than from the front of the “balcony”. It was one of those theatres where the ports had to be sealed with tape to keep the pot fumes out of the booth, but even at 10 A.M. there were people there waiting for their kung-fu fix.

Hibi
Hibi on March 29, 2005 at 4:37 pm

Wasnt there a theater called Loews Cine in the Times Square area? I believe it was the site of the former Latin Quarter. I cant find a listing for it. Anyone know?

RobertR
RobertR on March 4, 2005 at 1:26 pm

Did anyone ever find out when this opened and what the space was originally? I dont recall a theatre being here before the 70’s.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on February 20, 2005 at 1:39 pm

If you have a Yahoo password, it works.