Beekman Theatre

1271 Second Avenue,
New York, NY 10065

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Beekman Theatre

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The Loew’s New York One Two, later known as the New York Twin, opened on March 2, 1979 with “Norma Rae” and “Fast Break” in the two auditoriums in the basement of a high rise apartment building. In 1996, each auditorium sat 460 people. Loew’s, which for awhile renamed their theatres Sony before resuming the Loews name, ceased operating the theatre in May 2002.

Having departed from its nearby single screen theatre, the Gotham Theatre, Crown Cinemas became the movie operator on October 11, 2002.

In May 2005, Crown was replaced by Clearview Cinemas. Following the June 2005 closing and eventual demolition of Clearview’s single screen Beekman Theatre, Clearview renamed the theatre Beekman One & Two.

On July 2, 2007, Clearview departed, and the theatre closed. On October 23, 2008, the theatre reopened as an independent art house named Beekman Theatre. As of 2009, City Cinemas became the new movie operator of the Beekman Theatre and the Paris Theatre, both of which are owned by the same landlord.

Contributed by Howard B. Haas

Recent comments (view all 93 comments)

TPH on December 18, 2009 at 4:53 pm

I assume that as long as City Cinemas does not own the real estate there is a better chance for this exhibition arrangement with the landlord to succeed without fear that these theatres would be demolished.

I do have to agree with KingBiscuits that these screens lack a first-run flair, but at the end, it’s all in the product.

TPH on March 1, 2010 at 6:43 pm

Is City Cinemas squelching on the adverstising budget? Did not see a listing for these screens in last Friday' NY Times movie clock.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on March 9, 2010 at 10:58 pm

Loew’s New York Twin opened on March 2, 1979 With “Norma Rae” and “Fast Break”.

ReddHeddJedd on August 24, 2011 at 7:25 pm

I worked at the NY Twin from 86-87, it was a great theatre and have alotta great memories there !

SeaBassTian on September 3, 2012 at 6:00 am

Not sure who owned this theater when I caught Art School Confidential there in ‘06. But the projector broke right in the middle of the film. A barely articulate girl made an announcement that we were all entitled to refunds as long as we still had our stubs. I did, always keep 'em! Handled okay but gave me impression it was amateur night.

SethLewis on October 28, 2013 at 9:28 am

The East Side needs these screens badly…the layout and raking is old school and a new build would probably have squeezed three screens in…not for the better Nice memories of seeing Goldie Hawn & Chevy Chase and The First Family back to back…ET (with simultaneous Portuguese translation behind me)…Rainman…Internal Affairs

ReddHeddJedd on February 25, 2014 at 6:18 am

So the question is, is the Theatre open or not ?

hdtv267 on February 25, 2014 at 12:10 pm

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