Late last year, the operators of the Upper West Side’s beloved Lincoln Plaza Cinemas informed moviegoers that the theater would close after a 35-year run due to a rent hike. Despite a concerted push by locals to keep it open, the theater closed its doors for good in January this year. Just a week before, Landmark’s Sunshine Cinema, another cherished theater on the Lower East Side, also closed its doors; an office building will soon rise in its place.
Those two closures were the latest losses for New York’s indie cinema scene, though a good number remain—Metrograph, the Angelika Film Center, the Paris Theater, and Film Forum among them—and some, like Cinemart Cinemas in Forest Hills, came back from the brink of closure.
Still, many theaters have disappeared, with new residential developments, shopping complexes, and multiplexes rising in their place. Here, we’ve gathered 11 independent theaters the city has lost in the past decade.Read More