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. City Cinemas closed both the Beekman Theatre & the Paris Theatre on August 27, 2019. The final movies at the Beekman Theatre were “Blinded by the Light” and “The Farewell” splitting a screen (at different times) and “After the Wedding” on the other screen. There is no news yet as to whether either theatre will re-open under a different operator.

Contributed by Howard B. Haas

Recent comments (view all 108 comments)

Joseph Angier
Joseph Angier on July 10, 2018 at 8:46 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”

SethLewis
SethLewis on August 27, 2019 at 6:05 am

Is this going through a refurb at the end of the week or God forbid closing…Can imagine hard to stadium but possible to rake a bit better and add recliners

HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on August 28, 2019 at 6:56 am

Seth, thanks for your post! Yesterday morning when I woke, I read it & checked the Paris Theatre website because it is the same landlord as this theater. It looked like yesterday might be the last day for City Cinemas showing movies at the Paris. So though I am in Philly, I went to the Paris because I have been going there for many years to see movies and wished to be there considering news reports earlier this summer that it might be forever closing.

HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on August 28, 2019 at 7:00 am

Today, City Cinemas website does not list this theater (or the Paris). Yesterday at this theater, “Blinded by the Light” and “The Farewell” were splitting a screen (different times). “After the Wedding” was being shown on the other screen. At 10 AM this morning was listed “Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation” but I am not sure that screening will take place. I do not know whether or not this theater will go to a different theater operator or whether it will not reopen.

SethLewis
SethLewis on August 28, 2019 at 9:33 am

The Beekman under its current guise had some important openings as the Loews NY Twin – Norma Rae as opening attraction, ET day dating with Movieland and Bay Cinema, Rainman daydating with Astor Plaza, Bertolucci’s La Luna day dating with 57thSt Playhouse…it would be a shame for the UES to be further underscreened

fred1
fred1 on August 28, 2019 at 9:37 am

This theater should be listed as closed.

ridethectrain
ridethectrain on August 28, 2019 at 7:33 pm

City Cinemas took control the same day with the Paris over 10 years ago. In the 1980 to at least 1990, when it was the New York Twin it showed 70MM 6 track presentations on a regular. On Christmas 1988 there was a line around the corner seeing Rain Man. I was at the old Beekman theatre seeing Talk Radio.

The bad thing if you filled up 432 people, the sightlines are bad. The person in front, there head might partially block the movie. Also limited knee space.

I saw Maiden on a Saturday evening at 5PM. Only 40 people. Another patron said to someone it never crowded on the weekends.

I recently posted pictures of the theatre.

cmbussmann
cmbussmann on September 5, 2019 at 10:28 am

One of my favorite theaters in the city. I will miss it immensely.

curmudgeon
curmudgeon on September 5, 2019 at 1:18 pm

Judging by the photo’s there seemed very littl rake for seating which must have resulted in bad sight-lines for busy screenings. Appears screen curtains were not a feature of this twin as well. Another sad loss, but nowhere near the tragedy of The Paris closure.

cmbussmann
cmbussmann on September 6, 2019 at 1:39 pm

Some of us like a poorly raked theater, reminds me of my youth. Place was never full enough to be an issue, no wonder it closed.

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