Cinema Village

22 E. 12th Street,
New York, NY 10003

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Cinema Village (Official)

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Architects: Alexander Zamshnick

Functions: Movies (Classic), Movies (Foreign), Movies (Independent)

Previous Names: Cinema 12th Street, Cinema Village on 3rd Avenue

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 212.924.3363
Manager: 212.924.3363

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Cinema Village

This venerable art house has been around for decades and is virtually the last of the old Village independent cinemas that flourished during the 1960’s, 1970’s, and 1980’s. It was opened on October 5, 1964 with Bibi Andersson in “All These Women”. It had 310 seats and was a conversion of a former fire station, to the plans of architect Alexander Zamshnick.

After several tough years, on March 5, 1999 the theater was expanded into three screens and has continued its tradition of showing independent, foreign, and classic films.

The Cinema Village evokes a different era when "independent" really meant it.

Contributed by Ross Melnick

Recent comments (view all 107 comments)

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on June 18, 2019 at 9:19 pm

It’s available for viewing on Amazon Prime…

bigjoe59 on June 20, 2019 at 3:20 pm

Hello –

to Mike(saps) thanks for the info. on the photo pages for this theater is the ad from when the film opened and was surprised to see it was rated R. I was never aware it had been officially rated. I remember some the sex scenes being quite graphic so I’m surprised it didn’t get an X rating at the time.

Comfortably Cool
Comfortably Cool on October 9, 2019 at 10:49 am

An assortment of exterior and interior images of Cinema Village can be viewed here

ridethectrain on November 4, 2019 at 11:28 pm

Please update, open as 3 screens on March 5, 1999.

Comfortably Cool
Comfortably Cool on March 5, 2021 at 5:50 am

Due to recent water damage, Cinema Village is closed until further notice, and will not be one of the NYC theatres re-opening today. Owner quoted in this article on some other cinemas not re-opening. Click here

Garth on March 7, 2021 at 5:26 am

CC thank you for the update.

ridethectrain on July 5, 2021 at 12:36 pm

Please update, theatre open October 5, 1964. Grand opening in photos

JackCoursey on April 6, 2024 at 12:12 pm

The auditorium appears to have been a single room split into three rather than one have two screens added on. Are any photos available of the theatre in its original configuration? Also, the theatre might be closing.

m00se1111 on April 6, 2024 at 2:10 pm

what evidence to back up “ the theatre might be closing”?

JackCoursey on April 12, 2024 at 7:03 pm

The current owner stated that he might not be able to continue operating if the theatre staff elects to unionize.

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