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City Cinemas Village East Cinema

Map & Directions 181-189 2nd Ave.
New York, NY 10012


Village Voice's Description

A kind of New York movie house landmark, even if it didn't show movies until relatively recently, the Village East opened in 1926 as the Yiddish Art Theatre, and later had several incarnations (and names) as an Off-Broadway playhouse before being converted into a movie theater in 1991. There are now six auditoriums, most of which (including the one where The Rocky Horror Picture Show plays on Friday and Saturday) have ludicrously small screens. The main auditorium (which still has a fabulously ornate Star of David on its ceiling) was renovated in 2003, and now has roomier seats and a bigger screen, although the Carnegie Hall-style steepness ensures that absolutely no seat has a comfortable sightline. But a trip to the Village East remains a necessary pilgrimage anyway: It's one of a handful of theaters in New York that isn't completely sterile.


Member Reviews

  • on 10/01/13

    Music lovers, hipsters , hipster wannabes and anyone with an interest in the history and evolution of rock 'n roll are in for a major treat : A fascinating tale and study of the the man who ..felt the emotions (where did this come from ?) , lived this unexpected Life, channeled the longing and joy, and pain...It is ALL there.Brilliant film editing once again by award winning Amy... More >>

  • on 08/23/13

    For me, watching SPARK was like being there -- the bacchanalian revelry, colorful people, brilliant costumes, incredibly designed 100' high buildings, and giant statues. Spark offers one scene of eerie, surreal beauty after another, and I liked the music. This review sells the movie way short -- the film captures Burning Man vividly, and there are some laughs, too, as we follow... More >>

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  • BBC AMERICA on 04/08/11

    Doctor Who U.S. premiere screening/Q&A with the cast & lead writer Steven Moffat is held here on Monday, April 11, 2011 with host Chris Hardwick (Nerdist).

  • Steven L. on 08/09/09

    Watch a film in Auditorium 1 upstairs - it's one of the most beautiful theaters I've ever been in.

  • The Corcoran Group on 09/23/11

    Not the most modern or comfortable theater, but they do have an amazing roster of movies that are not part of the mainstream. And it’s very clean and the prices are slightly cheaper.

  • Dolce&Gabbana on 02/08/12

    The right spot to indulge in 1920s glamour and amazing architecture designed by Louis Jaffe and inspired to Moorish Revival style.

  • nat e. on 11/08/10

    Auditorium 5 is a lot less "auditorium" and a lot more "big screen TV"

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