Wednesday, May 22, 2019
Former UCBeast space for rent on Avenue A
We've been waiting for the for-rent signs to arrive outside the former Upright Citizens Brigade Theater's East Village outpost, UCBeast, on Avenue A at Third Street... adjacent to Two Boots.
Well, there aren't any signs, but the space — officially 44 Avenue A — is on the rental market.
Per the Kassin Sabbagh Realty marketing materials...
It's a large space, with entrances on Avenue A and Third Street ... featuring a bar, ADA compliant bathrooms and, most important, a 99-seat theater space.
The rent is available upon request.
The comedy venue on Avenue A and Third Street opened in September 2011. UCB took over part of the expanded Two Boots empire — the video store on Avenue A and the Pioneer Theater around the corner on Third Street...
[Image from 2002 via Cinema Treasures]
The Pioneer Theater, which screened indie, underground and cult fare, closed on Nov. 7, 2008, after an eight-year run. As owner Phil Hartman said at the time: "[I]t was always a labor of love and never commercially viable."
We've talked with several residents of fantasyland who'd love to see the space used for some type of cinematic venture similar to the Metrograph, the boutique two-screen theater — which also features a restaurant, a bookstore and a lounge — down on Ludlow Street.
Citing financial difficulties, Upright Citizens Brigade Theater closed UCBeast on Feb. 9. UCB now presents three nights of programing at SubCulture, a 130-seat venue on Bleecker Street. You can find the schedule for UCB at SubCulture via this link.
Previously on EV Grieve:
Former Two Boots Video store "in contract" — largest available retail space on Avenue A
[Updated] Your 'Hot Chicks Room' sign update
[Updated] Resident starting a petition to have the 'Hot Chicks Room' sign removed at the Upright Citizens Brigade
Breaking: UCB will remove the 'Hot Chicks Room' sign!
'Hot Chicks Room' sign will now bring ruin to compost
Report: Upright Citizens Brigade closing East Village outpost next month