Friday, April 7, 2017

A refurbished Quad Cinema reopens next Friday (April 14!)

[Photo from Monday]

The countdown is on for the return of the Quad Cinema on 13th Street between Fifth Avenue and Sixth Avenue.

The Quad has announced an April 14 reopening date for the refurbished theater.

Here are some details on what to expect via a piece in Variety:

The updates to the facility include a new modern design; the capability to screen films in 35mm, 16mm, 4K digital and 3D formats; and a wine bar adjacent to the lobby.

In the overhaul, the venue’s seating capacity will downsize from 560 seats to 430, divided among four theaters meant to have the intimate feel of private screening rooms with improved sightlines and seats. The theater’s rebranding also includes a new logo.

And for what will be playing...

A retrospective of the work of Italian filmmaker Lina Wertmuller will coincide with the relaunch of the Quad, where inaugural first-run titles will include Terence Davies’ “A Quiet Passion,” Katell Quillevere’s “Heal the Living” and “Maurizio Cattelan: Be Right Back,” Maura Axelrod’s documentary about a conceptual artist.

Programmers also have on the docket a Bertrand Tavernier retrospective timed to the upcoming first-run engagement of the French filmmaker’s latest, “Journey Through French Cinema.” The repertory screen will also show titles that are featured in the documentary.

The Quad's Instagram account is posting some coming-soon highlights...

A post shared by Quad Cinema (@quadcinema) on

And there'll be double features...

Back in the summer of 2014, news broke that the Quad Cinema, family-owned and operated since 1972, was now the property of real-estate developer, film producer-distributor and movie buff Charles S. Cohen. He since hired C. Mason Wells, the IFC film programmer, and Gavin Smith, former Film Comment editor, to help with programming.

“Not only was the Quad New York’s first multi-screen cinema, it was also a true neighborhood theater, drawing Village audiences with its sophisticated art-house fare,” Cohen said in a statement announcing the April 14 reopening. "The new Quad will preserve both the welcoming, communal atmosphere and the cultural cachet of the original theater while updating — and upgrading — the moviegoing experience for contemporary cinephiles."

The Quad closed for the renovations in May 2015.

Previously on EV Grieve:
Now playing at the Quad Cinema: Closed for Renovations


Luis Lopez said...

Welcome back to a (memorable )NYC landmark! Saw many what one considers quality production at Quad.

Anonymous said...

I've never heard of any of this (but the instagram) - perfect!

Gojira said...

Fingers crossed for a classical Japanese cinema and/or a samurai film festival!

Anonymous said...

I used to go to double features at Theater 80 -- will have to check this out!

Simon1961 said...

Fantastic news, thanks Grieve!

JQ LLC said...

I was skeptical when I first read of it's revival and saw the words real estate and wine bar. But if this theater is going to just show classics at affordable prices, then I am down for it.

I look forward to a scorcese bad old days double feature of Mean Streets and Taxi Driver

I really always wanted to see my fave film Network on the big screen too.