First Avenue Screening Room

1105 First Avenue,
New York, NY 10065

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First Avenue Screening Room

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A small cinema that opened on First Avenue in 1973, that was programmed by Fabiano Canosa and known for presenting neglected, hard-to-market, and shelved films of merit. The New York Film Critics Circle gave Mr. Canosa an award in 1974 “for his innovative programs at the First Avenue Screening Room”.

Contributed by Gerald A. DeLuca

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KingBiscuits
KingBiscuits on September 24, 2009 at 4:24 am

This theatre was also known as the York Cinema back in 1991/1992 and played second-run films ($2.00 on weekday matinees, $3.99 at night and on weekends).

AlexNYC
AlexNYC on October 23, 2009 at 2:05 am

Looks like the theater is gone. I passed by a couple of days ago and they have the Running Paws Athletic Club in it’s place. I guess it was inevitable that it’s days as a theater we long gone.

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on November 30, 2009 at 3:54 pm

In April, 1975, this was being advertised in The New Yok Times as The Byron, and described as “The East Side’s First Gay Movie Theatre.” The current feature was “Tuesday Morning Workout,” featuring “J. Brian’s Golden Boys” and “actually filmed on location in San Francisco’s most famous gym.” The Byron operated continuously from noon to 11pm, with late shows on Fridays and Saturdays.

TPH
TPH on November 30, 2009 at 7:14 pm

My recollection is that this site originally opened as the York Cinema in the ‘60s and premiered the coming of age Greek language film “Young Aphrodites”.

Garth
Garth on December 27, 2009 at 11:36 pm

I was here once, when it was the porno-chic Eastworld – late ‘70s I think? My only memory is of buying popcorn , then climbing a very narrow (spiral?) staircase to the small and mostly unoccupied auditorium…..

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on April 21, 2010 at 7:07 pm

Current occupant is the dog spa/gym as mentioned last October. Not good reviews of the spa on the web.

bardex
bardex on June 27, 2010 at 7:19 am

I’ve got the very 16mm print used for the premier of the first X rated film ever screened here, it was THE DEVIL IN MR. JONES (a gay knock-off of the classic by Gerard Damiano). I ran in early ‘75, IIRC.

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on October 22, 2011 at 4:13 pm

New ad in photo section claims 220 seats.

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on September 29, 2012 at 8:19 pm

I have added an ad from the 1991 incarnation as the York mentioned by KingBiscuits in September 2009.

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