Cinema 3

2 W. 59th Street,
New York, NY 10019

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Cinema 3, New York City, NY

This small cinema beneath the Plaza Hotel was opened on January 25, 1977 with Dirk Bogarde in “Providence” and is not to be confused with Cinema 1, 2, 3 on the East Side. The Cinema 3 was closed on May 1, 1997.

Contributed by Gerald A. DeLuca

Recent comments (view all 32 comments)

SethLewis on December 14, 2015 at 8:46 am

Wasn’t this way ahead of its time with the new breed of luxury seating reduced capacity theatres…all that was missing was at seat drink service

Casanoc on May 20, 2016 at 8:26 am

I think this was in operation until the late 90s?

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on May 20, 2016 at 9:21 am

It closed in 1997.

StanMalone on October 14, 2018 at 3:21 pm

Al and Ed: You two seem to be the go to members for questions regarding NYC theaters so I have a question for you. In his book “Final Cut” Steven Bach describes the World Premiere of Heavens Gate and mentions that it was held at Cinema 1. Or maybe Cinema 2. I can not find a listing for this theater on CT which means that it is probably listed under a different name.

Can either of you help me out with this question?

mhvbear on October 14, 2018 at 3:48 pm

“Heaven’s Gate” had it’s World Premiere at the CINEMA I. Now can be found under City Cinemas Cinema 1, 2 & 3.

StanMalone on October 14, 2018 at 7:14 pm

Thank you both very much. It did not occur to me to look in the Open Theaters listings. Never considered that a possibility. At the time I was managing a theater in Atlanta and Heavens Gate was to be our big Christmas attraction. We finally did run the short version in the Spring. I found the Bach book much more entertaining than the movie, either version. Thanks again for those prompt replies.

mhvbear on October 15, 2018 at 4:34 am

“Heaven’s Gate” played for 7 days, then was replaced by “Apocalypse Now” as a re-release. This must of left the management scurrying to find a holiday replacement for one of the premiere theaters on the East Side.

ridethectrain on November 2, 2020 at 4:57 pm

Went to the theatre near the end of it run in 1992, saw Ruby and it did sell refreshments, the sad part this theatre was not equipped with Dolby Stereo. The sound system was MONO

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on July 3, 2021 at 3:25 pm

ridethectrain, the opening film was “PROVIDENCE” on January 25, 1977 and the opening ad is in the photo section in two parts.

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