[EVG photo from last week]
I've been meaning to write something about the historic theater — my favorite in the neighborhood — on Second Avenue at East 12th Street.
Oh, for starters, something that I was unaware of: Screenings before noon every day are $8, $6 off the usual price. (They also have $1 films for kids and parents in the mornings. "The Wizard of Oz" was playing this week.)
Anyway, that great analog marquee has been carrying the "historic auditorium reopens" message for weeks now. But most of the movies I see here, though, tend to be in the small theaters on the lower level.
I finally sucked it up to see whatever might be playing in the big room upstairs. So, the other morning, I was one of the four people who paid his
The renovated auditorium reopened on May 22. Here's more about the refurbishment via the Evergreene Architectural Arts website:
Built in 1925 as the Yiddish Art Theatre, the City Cinema Village East is one of a handful of Moorish Revival-style buildings in New York City. Intended to house Maurice Schwartz’s Theatre Company, the property ultimately becoming a multiplex in 1992.
In early 2015, EverGreene conservators conducted a historic finishes investigation, analyzing and documenting the condition of the ornamental plaster ceiling. Craftsmen removed 75 large plaster elements from the ceiling from which they cast new ornament in our New York City studio. The design decision was made to stabilize the extant ornament and craft and decoratively finish new ornament to be compatible not to restore the ceiling. This lends a “conservation” aesthetic to the Village East Cinema.
Using both traditional and mechanical methods, craftsmen installed new plaster elements into the ceiling and consolidated extant ornament to reinforce the support structure. Decorative artists removed and cleaned flaking paint from the ceiling and inpainted the newly-installed ornament to match the existing palette, seamlessly integrating new with old.
Here's a shot of the restored ceiling via the Evergreene website (they have more photos here).
You can read more about the theater's history at Vanishing New York.
And now you do you want to discuss "Terminator: Genysis"?