Central Plaza Cinema

2630 Central Park Avenue,
Yonkers, NY 10710

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Previously operated by: Bow-Tie Cinemas, Clearview Cinemas, General Cinema Corp.

Functions: Recreation Center

Previous Names: Yonkers Cinema

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Central Plaza Cinema

The Central Plaza is a shopping center theatre that was opened by General Cinemas on December 28, 1966 as the Yonkers Cinema with Tony Curtis in “Arrivederci Baby!”. Originally seating 1,700 in the orchestra and balcony, the theatre was twinned, then in 1985 converted into a quad (2 up-250 each, 2 down-600 each). It still features its original GC “CINEMA” sign on the roof, and toward the front of the lobby you can feel that the floor is hollow–it’s covering the original lobby fountain.

After GCC, Clearview Cinemas took over, and in June 2013, Bow-Tie Cinemas took over as it took most Clearview locations. The Central Plaza Cinema was closed on September 19, 2013 due to the lease expiring. By 2023 it had become an extension to the adjacent Party City.

Contributed by Joe Masher

Recent comments (view all 41 comments)

optimist008 on December 30, 2014 at 12:31 pm

P.S.—The entire downstairs interior has been fully demolished. Even if the Ridge HIll Cinema did not open, not sure if this theater was still viable or not…Lohud.com reported yesterday that the developer of the former Tarrytown GM property wants to include a movie theater..

Joseph on July 20, 2015 at 2:44 pm

Something is going on here. The interior of the building appears to be demolished from the inside out to the outer walls. Basically now a shell.

John Fink
John Fink on March 12, 2016 at 11:07 pm

Party City is moving in – the upstairs does not appear to be used for retail. The exterior walls also got a facelift.

optimist008 on December 30, 2016 at 11:40 am

Comfortably Cool, many thanks for posting the ad above and which newspaper site did you get it from please???

cinemasoul on May 30, 2019 at 10:43 pm

With Party City announcing the closure of 45 stores, I wonder how this location will be affected. Personally, it saddened me to see this theater get converted. I remember my sister telling me about the movies she use to catch here when she worked close by. It seemed like such a charming theater.

rivest266 on October 3, 2020 at 1:24 pm

Grand opening ad posted.

Moviefan333 on January 25, 2023 at 9:04 pm

This Theatre had good sized screening rooms. Large screens and comfortable seats. Unfortunate that it closed. It was a good place to catch a movie. There was another movie theater in the same complex. It’s now the Alamo Drafthouse

Nicholas Martinez
Nicholas Martinez on February 19, 2023 at 6:14 am

I would love to see photos of the inside and the auditoriums, It’s a shame for a theater that closed as recently as 2013 there are no photos online. I believe I saw Attack of the clones here but barely remember the layout other than there was a second floor. wonder if anything is left of the upstairs, party city didn’t seem to affect the other floor.

JamminDoojoo on March 7, 2023 at 11:16 am

It’s now an extension to the nearby Party City. The Alamo Drafthouse is nearby, as is the Showcase in Ridgehill.

MSC77 on December 2, 2023 at 5:39 pm

This venue’s 70mm presentations history is included in the recently-published article “70mm Presentations in Westchester County: A Chronology of 70mm Large Format Exhibition, 1960-Present”.

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