United Artists East 85th Street

1629 1st Avenue,
New York, NY 10028

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Previously operated by: Regal Cinemas, United Artists Theater Circuit Inc.

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United Artists East 85th Street

The United Artists East 85th Street was opened on March 18, 1970 with Anthony Quinn in “A Dream of Kings”. This is a nondescript, 1970s-era, single-screen survivor, showcasing mostly Fox and Paramount releases.

It was closed on March 23, 2012.

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br91975 on March 21, 2012 at 1:52 pm

The UA East 85th Street is closing permanently after this Sunday’s 9:50 pm screening of Friends with Kids. No word as of yet on the next tenant for the space but I’ll see what I can find out.

SethLewis on March 28, 2012 at 3:54 am

Shame…one more Upper East Side theatre goes dark…have to like their mostly art house programming for the last few years…but a hard theatre to twin

Inuchan915 on March 31, 2012 at 12:12 am

I was about to visit them this week, I didn’t know they were closing. :(

DylanAsh on April 1, 2012 at 12:38 pm

I’m so sad this place closed.

Mikeoaklandpark on April 13, 2012 at 11:47 am

I can’t believe they didn’t do a good business. Midnight In Paris played there last year for over 6 months. These big chain theaters really suck closing all the good single screen theaters.

shua22 on May 13, 2012 at 7:44 pm

So sad to drive past it today and see the “marquis” gone, scaffold up and a for rent sign hanging out front. It’s really a shame. Would have to assume that there was an issue with the lease. Darn.

SeaBassTian on September 3, 2012 at 6:16 pm

I used to visit quite often. They actually showed a good selection of indie flicks and you were guaranteed not to be annoyed by pesky patrons. It was what you’d consider a charming “neighborhood dive” of Yorkville. Last film I caught there may have been The Informers.

Luis Vazquez
Luis Vazquez on October 11, 2012 at 12:43 pm

Here is what is replacing this theater:

Now showing: Sports kids take over former movie theater 12:53 PM, OCTOBER 10, 2012

RKF has arranged a 7,000- s/f lease for sports training company Fastbreak Kids at 1629 First Ave. between 84th and 85th Streets in space that formerly housed a United Artists East movie theater.

Fastbreak has leased its first full-time dedicated indoor location Scheduled to open by mid-2013, this site will become Fastbreak Kids’ 14th basketball and sports training facility in Manhattan and its first full-time dedicated indoor location.

“We are thrilled to have helped Fastbreak Kids expand into their first dedicated indoor location,” said Alterman. “The former theater is a great, unique space and the location is perfect for a surrounding neighborhood that is full of both families and schools.”

Other retail tenants in the 32-story, 260,000 s/f residential building include Starbucks and Basics Plus Hardware. The space that Fastbreak Kids has leased was used as a movie theater since 1970 when the building was constructed.

ridethectrain on July 5, 2021 at 8:47 am

First film, theatre opened March 18, 1970 with A Dream of Kings. First film in photos section, no formal grand opening ad

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