New York’s Pioneer Theater closes

posted by danpetitpas on November 11, 2008 at 3:45 pm

NEW YORK, NY — The Pioneer Theater on Third Street at Avenue A, owned by the popular Two Boots pizza chain, held a farewell party last Friday. The 99-seat theater was a victim of rising rents. Four films were shown for free, and all the food and drinks were free as well.

Interestingly enough, the single-screen theater was relatively new, only nine-years old, bucking the multiplex trend, having been built as a labor of love by the pizza chain and programming quirky independent films. This leaves only the Ziegfeld and the Paris as single-screen theaters in Manhattan.

Read more in Vanishing New York.

Comments (5)

br91975 on November 11, 2008 at 4:02 pm

Along with the Ziegfeld and the Paris, there are four other remaining single-screen theatres in Manhattan: the ImaginAsian, located on 59th Street near 2nd Avenue; the Clearview 62nd & Broadway; the UA East, at 1st Avenue and 85th Street; and the AMC Loews 72nd Street East 1, on 3rd Avenue.

MPol on November 12, 2008 at 1:43 am

This is so sad.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on November 14, 2008 at 4:48 am

Aren’t the Walter Reade and the Symphony Space/Thalia also single screens?

Greenpoint on April 10, 2009 at 6:25 pm

I am lucky that I went there on 10/3/2008 for Tokyo Gore Police that was also the night that my wallet fell out of my pocket.I didnt realize it until a few nights later- I traced my steps and realized thats where it was…so I called them up and they had it and it was intact…

Honest Honest people, I am sorry to see them go.

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