Beekman Theatre

1271 2nd Avenue,
New York, NY 10065

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Crown Theatres takes over in late 2002.

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 Theatres LLC 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 99 comments)

SeaBassTian on September 3, 2012 at 12:00 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 4:28 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 12:18 am

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

mharmon999 on June 20, 2015 at 1:00 pm

This theatre used to be called Loews New York Twin, saw a number of films there, 1st film I saw at this one was Ghostbusters in 1984!

tone10029 on January 29, 2016 at 10:33 pm

I remember going to this theatre when it was the New York Twin.Summer of 1979 I saw Rocky II there.Summer of 1984 I saw Ghostbusters and summer of 1985 saw Back to the Future.Great theatre.

Garth on November 10, 2017 at 8:41 am

I’m quite sure I saw “The Last Wave” at this theatre (it premiered here and at The Paramount). However I recall no details about that original location.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on November 10, 2017 at 8:48 am

Garth, “THE LAST WAVE” opened at the original single screen Beekman, not this one.

ridethectrain on February 13, 2018 at 5:18 pm

The theatre still has it own concession and restrooms. This location was like the old Cinema 1 and 2 were you can’t theatre hop. The carpeting still has it original NY2 or NY1 on the rug. For today’s movie going enjoyment, the seats are tight and not as comfortable.

Joseph Angier
Joseph Angier on July 10, 2018 at 7:46 am

Trivia question: I think (but I’m not sure) that he high-rise that these theaters are located in is where the Jill Clayburgh character lived in “An Unmarried Woman”

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