Cinepolis Chelsea Cinemas

260 W. 23rd Street,
New York, NY 10011

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Previously operated by: Bow-Tie Cinemas, Cineplex Odeon, Cinepolis Luxury Cinemas (USA), Clearview Cinemas

Previous Names: Clearview Cinemas Chelsea 9, Cineplex Odeon Chelsea 9, Bow Tie Chelsea Cinemas

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News About This Theater

June 15, 2011

On the site where Cavanagh’s Irish Steak and Ale House stood from 1876 ‘til 1971 (followed by after-hours club Galaxy 21 in the mid-1970’s and storefront performance space the Squat Theatre in the late-1970’s and early-1980’s), Cineplex Odeon unveiled Manhattan’s then-largest multiplex on July 14, 1989.

On that date, the theatre’s first six auditoriums featured “Do the Right Thing”, “Weekend at Bernie’s”, and, with one print being shown in 70mm, “Lethal Weapon 2”. The final three auditoriums of the $15 million facility opened later in the year.

Management of the facility was assumed by Clearview Cinemas in late-Autumn of 1998 during the divestiture of 13 Cineplex Odeon houses throughout Manhattan resulting from a consent decree deal struck between merging Loews Theatres and Cineplex Odeon to satisfy the state’s Attorney General and the Department of Justice. In June 2013, Bow-Tie Cinemas took over. In late-2014 the theatre was being remodeled, with all-new extra wide rocking chairs with extra legroom, and reserved seating. In July 2016 it was taken over by Cinepolis. It was closed on January 8, 2023 and stripped out in March 2024 in readiness for demolition for an apartment building.

Contributed by Damien Farley

Recent comments (view all 99 comments)

Greenpoint on January 8, 2023 at 6:33 am

Just paid my respects to a theatre that I have been coming to since the early 90s. I would spend many of Saturday nights, as a teenager paying for one film and sneaking into numerous more.

Mikeoaklandpark on January 8, 2023 at 12:16 pm

I saw The Broken Hearts Club there in September 2000 whemn I visited NYC

br91975 on January 8, 2023 at 5:25 pm

Word has it the landlord is seeking a new exhibitor.

Moviefan333 on January 8, 2023 at 6:09 pm

Landlord looking for a new exhibitor? I don’t know who would come in to take over this Theatre. Maybe someone would. Certainly will be AMC or regal. Time will tell if someone comes along and runs it

ridethectrain on January 8, 2023 at 6:34 pm

I doubt AMC because it owns Loews Cineplex and Loews had to sell it to Clearview because of monopoly rules

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on January 9, 2023 at 8:17 pm

I wonder if the state attorney general is that interested in this matter, especially since she currently has bigger fish to fry…

Moviefan333 on January 9, 2023 at 8:37 pm

I meant to say it certainly would NOT be AMC or regal taking over this movie theater.

thehorror13 on January 10, 2023 at 8:46 am

This would be the perfect spot for a new Landmark Theaters. Especially after the loss of the Sunshine Cinema.

Do on January 26, 2023 at 7:28 pm

Wow. This closed,and in an article regarding Regal closings across the country with Union Square regal mentioned in that list to close,I doubt they will find a new tenant. Landmark doesn’t seem in any hurry to expand,and they’ve let thier Ritz 5 in Phila go to seed. Unsettling times in the exhibition business.

br91975 on March 31, 2024 at 10:43 pm

The end is near for this building. Walked by last week, peeked in through the boarded-up entrance, and its interior is being gutted in advance of demolition.

Likely, according to an out-of-state film exhibitor who won some of its seats, screens and stereo speakers at auction last fall, to be replaced by an apartment building.

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