Showing posts with label Upright Citizens Brigade. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Upright Citizens Brigade. Show all posts

Tuesday, September 13, 2022

A new broker for 44 Avenue A

New broker signage went up late last week outside 44 Avenue A at Third Street. The long-empty (three-plus-years) storefront adjacent to Two Boots was previously the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater's East Village outpost, UCBeast.

It's a large space — 3,300 square feet over two floors, including a 99-seat theater ... with entrances on Avenue A and Third Street.
No word on the asking rent via the new listing. (Theater image about via Tri State Commercial Realty.)

Citing financial difficulties, Upright Citizens Brigade Theater closed UCBeast in February 2019. The comedy venue first 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.

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."

As noted before, we've talked with several residents 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.

In the spring of 2021Marcello Assante was looking to open Cinema Paradiso here... a cafe, restaurant, and center for cinephiles to enjoy foreign and independent features. However, Community Board 3 would not approve a full liquor license for all hours of the space, which Assante argued was necessary to help the venture be profitable.  

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

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Comedy gold? Upright Citizens Brigade selling off contents from its former East Village theater



The Upright Citizens Brigade Theater's East Village outpost, UCBeast, wrapped up its eight-plus year run on Feb. 9. UCB is now presenting three nights of programing at SubCulture, a 130-seat venue on Bleecker Street.

Meanwhile, there's a sale underway at the now-former UCBeast venue on Avenue A and Third Street.



Adrienne and Erin (sales/deal-makers) said to "make an offer" on these "cash and carry only" bargains, as EVG contributor Stacie Joy reports.

Per Stacie: Everything is up for grabs ... through Friday. Hours are noon until 9 p.m. Enter on the Third Street side.















There weren't any signs of cargo shorts for sale.

UCB officials blamed the "extreme costs" of operating in the space as a factor in its closing, as Vulture first reported on Jan. 9.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Report: Upright Citizens Brigade closing East Village outpost next month



Amid financial difficulties, Upright Citizens Brigade Theater is closing its East Village outpost, UCBeast, on Feb. 9, Vulture reports.

This tip comes to Vulture via an attendee of an all-theater meeting last night. (There hasn't been any official notice from UCB on the closure.)

Last month, UCB announced staff layoffs to help streamline their operation, as the Times reported at the time.

Pat Baer, the theater’s longtime technical director, is also leaving UCB as of Feb. 9.


Baer also made a suggestion last night on Twitter to help save UCBeast...


The venue on Avenue A and Third Street opened in September 2011 ... after so much drama (Hot Chicks Room! New Jack Cornballs!) for a comedy club. More later on all this.

Updated 10:30 a.m.

The Times reports:

U.C.B. will be partnering with SubCulture, a 130-seat Bleecker Street venue where U.C.B. will host shows on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights — for three evenings of programming as opposed to the full seven at the East Village U.C.B., where the last show will be on Feb. 9. Shows at SubCulture, a venue that opened five years ago, will begin on Feb. 15.

Previously on EV Grieve:
[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

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

New jack cornball alert! Motion picture sneak preview tomorrow night at UCB East Theater



From the EVG inbox... break out your cargo shorts!

There's an advance screening and Q&A with with writer/director Stuart Zicherman for "A.C.O.D." (stands for Adult Children of Divorce) on Wednesday, Sept. 18 at 9 p.m. at the UCB East Theater on East Third Street. The new comedy stars Adam Scott, Jane Lynch, Amy Poehler, Catherine O'Hara, Jessica Alba, Clark Duke, among others.

Tickets can be purchased here for $5

Monday, July 1, 2013

Noise isn't funny?



Some rather hastily written signs appeared recently outside the Upright Citizens Brigade on Avenue A at East Third Street...



Are there some noise issues here? It has been some time since we noted any noise signs here...

Flashback!


Previously.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Noted

Rent 2012UCBcomedy.com
Watch more comedy videos from the twisted minds of the UCB Theatre at UCBcomedy.com

Via the Upright Citizens Brigade — "The hit musical Rent is updated for the hip East Village of today."

Monday, October 31, 2011

Commenter comedy gold

Unfortunately, our busy social schedule prevented us from attending the Official Grande Opening of the new Upright Citizens Brigade theater/theatre on Avenue A and Third Street on Saturday night. On Saturday night, we drank alone again at the Blarney Cove.

Dave Itzkoff at The New York Times has an article on the opening, including details on the challenges of getting the space ready. (You know — Hot Chicks Room sign drama.) As for some of the entertainment Saturday night, Itzkoff noted:

A second show at 9:30 offered a grab bag of acts that were, in theory, supposed to keep their sets to five to seven minutes. Sue Galloway, who plays an ambiguously accented comedy writer on “30 Rock,” performed a character piece about a drunken office worker singing an aggressive version of “I Will Follow Him” at a karaoke night; David Cross, the “Arrested Development” star, read remarks posted on the East Village blog EV Grieve that complained about the Upright Citizens Brigade’s arrival. (“Go back to campus, you new jack cornballs,” one outraged commenter demanded.)

As a thank you, all the commenters who chimed in on the Upright posts will receive replica fruit plates that the guests enjoyed there Saturday night.

Previously on EV Grieve:
[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 (47 comments)

Breaking: UCB will remove the 'Hot Chicks Room' sign!

'Hot Chicks Room' sign will now bring ruin to compost

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Neighbors leave first Urban Etiquette Sign for UCBeast

Three weeks have passed since the Upright Citizens Brigade opened up their new theater/comedy club at Third Street and Avenue A...

And we have our first noise complaint, spotted on the East Third Street side...


In part, "Look around you. There are apartment buildings with people trying to get a few hours sleep. Start being a good neighbor and tell to those people to keep their voices down and stop blocking the sidewalk."

Well, this has quickly turned into a comedy of manners. (Offt!)

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

The Hot Chicks Room lives on!

Last night, as we noted, the Upright Citizens Brigade opened its East Village outpost (dubbed UCBeast) on Avenue A at East Third Street.

So we stopped by to see what was what. And, on the wall in the bar area, in plain view of everyone walking to and from church, school (think of the children!), the leper colony...


The Hot Chicks Room lives!

Well, the sign is a nod to a UCB skit. (Watch it here.) As you're probably painfully aware from this past March, a concerned resident was ready to circulate a petition to have the "Hot Chicks Room" sign removed from above the doorway on Avenue A. As the resident said: "I just find it, for this neighborhood, very inappropriate and repulsive."

[The sign BEFORE UCB removed it]

And eventually the UCBers removed the sign. In a ceremony, UCB alum Amy Poehler, presented the sign to Earth Matter on Governors Island, where the sign is presumably now offending a compost learning center.

Previously on EV Grieve:
[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 (47 comments)

Breaking: UCB will remove the 'Hot Chicks Room' sign!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

UCBeast opens tonight on Avenue A

From the EV Grieve inbox... This is from a reader who found it somewhere... I didn't see anything about the opening at the UCB website as of 4:15 p.m.


It gives me great joy to be able to announce that UCB’s long awaited East Village venue — UCBeast — will be open as of tonight at 7:30 pm. A new website will be forthcoming in the near future.

Please come check out the new space (155 E. 3rd Street and Avenue A). There is an attached bar (The Hot Chicks Room), where we’ll be serving soft drinks to start out and beer and wine soon.
The theatre itself is a beautiful 124 seat space, totally refurbished with brand new seats and fixtures, that will make for some great live comedy, despite the notable absence of multiple columns blocking significant portions of the stage.

Stop on by and buy a ticket at the door! Or use your improv Student ID for free entry to shows marked with an *

UPCOMING SHOWS!
Tuesday 9/6 (today)
8pm - FREE - Wild Girls Gone (movie screening)
10pm - FREE - Mystery Team (movie screening)

Wednesday 9/7
7:30pm - $5 - Outlook of the Poet + Two Man Movie *
9:00pm - $5 - Doppelganger + Cheating On Harold (this week: Standard Oil + Very Good Kiss) *
11:00pm - free - The Improv Jam (hosted by Grandma’s Ashes) *

Thursday 9/8
6:00pm - free - Oh, Hey Guys (storytelling open mic, hosted by John Flynn)
7:30pm - $5 - Adam Wade: BIG HEART
9:00pm - $5 - Totally JK (hosted by Joe Mande and Noah Garfinkel)
11:00pm - free - Gutbucket (stand-up open mic, hosted by Rob Stern and Amber Nelson)

Friday 9/9
7:30pm - $10 - Diamond Lion
9:00pm - $10 - Creaghead & Company Industrial Showcase
11:00pm - $5 - Gentrify

Saturday 9/10
7:30pm - $10 - AIRWOLF: Let’s Go Back To Your Place
9:00pm - $10 - The Extended Play E.P. Music Album Release Party with TJ Miller
11:00pm - $5 - Underground Americana (w/ Jeff Rubin, Lang Fisher and more)

Sunday 9/11
7:30pm - $5 - Two Fun Men + Off The Cuff
9:00pm - $5 - Hot Soup11:00pm - $5 - Fresh Out (hosted by Adam Conover)

Monday 9/12
8:00pm - $5 - Wheelhouse (hosted by Will Hines)
10:00pm - $5 - Improv Nerds *

Tuesday 9/13
8:00pm - $5 - After Hours with Gene Hackman & Friends
10:00pm - $5 - It Is It (hosted by Adam Lowitt)
— Nate Dern, Artistic Director

Gentrify Brooklyn moving to the new UCBeast on Avenue A; first show Friday night



It appears that the Upright Citizens Brigade's East Village outpost on Avenue A has an opening date. The Gentrify Brooklyn comedy show takes up residency here starting Friday night. Per the troupe's Facebook page:

GENTRIFY is moving to the Upright Citizens Brigade's new theater UCBeast THIS FRIDAY at 11pm!

The new Gentrify will be bigger, better, funnier, Getrifyier, and somehow, perhaps, impossibly, even Brooklynier.

GENTRIFY is a killer comedy variety show every Friday at 11PM at UCBeast, Avenue A between 3rd and 4th Streets. Be there!

Previously on EV Grieve:
[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!

Monday, August 22, 2011

Report: Upright Citizens Brigade booking shows next month at East Village location


An EV Grieve reader sent along a link to a recent post on the Comic's Comic that provides some details on the Upright Citizens Brigade's East Village outpost on Avenue A. Sure has been quiet here of late. Workers even removed all the signs.

But! As Sean L. McCarthy reported:

UCB people told The Comic's Comic ... that they're "getting ready to open" UCB East, and I've already received word from some shows booking gigs there in September. The aim of UCB East is to provide a home for more stand-up and variety shows, thereby allowing the main UCB New York City theater in Chelsea to open up more primetime hours for improv and sketch.

So there's still time for residents to get outraged by something connected to this location.

Previously on EV Grieve:
[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!

Friday, July 22, 2011

Where are the signs for the Upright Citizens Brigade on Avenue A?

In response to our post Wednesday about an opening date for the Upright Citizens Brigade's new home on Avenue A ... a reader noted that all signs are off the space... Well, sure enough...we hadn't even noticed.



A UCB rep told us the other day that there isn't an opening date yet for the longtime-coming comedy club... Grub Street first broke the news in January 2009 ... the renovations on the space began in July 2009.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Yo landlord!

We spotted a classic Urban Etiquette Sign under the gate at the coming-soon Upright Citizens Brigade on East Third Street ...


It's about the air conditioning unit. "Please have this piece of crap repaired, replaced or turn it off!"



Signed by "the people that live here and have to listen to that crappy A/C"

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

UCB's new sign now dictating how we should live our lives

As the Times reported on Friday, the Upright Citizens Brigade donated the old "Hot Chicks Room" sign to a nonprofit...


And now, check out the new sign that has taken the place of the "Chicks" here on Avenue A at Third Street ...


This new sign, of course, is an outrage. Not everyone wants to live comedy. We need to be free to live our own lives. This is just another example of the current oppressive state of America, in which our lives are ruled by government, Big Business and comedy clubs. We need to be able to exercise the freedoms that our constitution calls for. So don't live comedy, live as you see fit. Live drama!

And another thing... [Looking off page...]

Oh. You mean LIVE as in "actually being performed at the time of hearing or viewing"?

Never mind then.

So what's the over/under on someone having a problem with this sign?

Friday, April 15, 2011

'Hot Chicks Room' sign will now bring ruin to compost

Dave Itzkoff at the Times reports on an impromptu ceremony outside the future Upright Citizens Brigade home on Avenue A today. Amy Poehler, a star of “Parks and Recreation” and a founding member of UCB, presented the founding directors of the nonprofit group Earth Matter with that darn "Hot Chicks" sign. Per the article:

The sign will decorate a compost learning center run by Earth Matter on Governors Island. This “Hot Chicks Room” will feature a greenhouse containing chickens who, in their own way, will teach visitors about the nutrient cycle and waste-reduction practices and help create a fertile soil additive for the island.

Previously.

[Fred R. Conrad/The New York Times]

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Noted

Despite the fact that workers removed the sign... a tipster passes along a note that someone placed outside the UCB HQ on Avenue A today...


Likely just a gag or a jab... Or both! A GagJab!