Regency Theatre

1987 Broadway,
New York, NY 10023

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Mikeoaklandpark on September 22, 2004 at 8:38 am

I remember seeing a revival of Gone With The Wind in the 80’s.

RobertR on September 22, 2004 at 8:27 am

This theatre was instrumental in my film education. I took it as seriously as any course I ever took in college. I used to buy the ticket books that gave you a discount on admissions. Does anyone remember the MGM festivals they used to play? They lasted for months and would often have a big well known feature with an unknown or forgotten second feature. I saw “Singing in the Rain” paired with “The Broadway Melody of 1929” and I remember pristine prints of things like “The Great Zeigfeld”, “Lassie Come Home” and a Sunday double bill of “Gigi” and “American in Paris” with a line outside that would make a passerby think the latest action flick had just opened. I remember another rainy Sunday taking my friend to see her favorite film “Gone With the Wind” to a sold out house. We sat in the first row of the balcony thinking nothing gets better then this. Another festival featured the films of the great Jennifer Jones. I saw “Song of Bernadette” and another day “Ruby Gentry” and “Portrait of Jennie”. It was also one of the only times I remember a revival of “A Farewell to Arms” which co-starred Rock Hudson. Where they found the beautiful unfaded CinemaScope print still amazes me. Sorry for the rambling I could go on and on about all the happy times I spent here.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on June 29, 2004 at 7:19 pm

Those extraordinary revivals of 35mm prints (often studio vault copies unseen in decades) were really without parallel on the East Coast. They attracted large, passionate, rapt audiences. Alas, no more, no more!

br91975 on June 29, 2004 at 5:35 pm

After the Regency switched to a first-run policy in 1987 – after much hue-and-cry from several classic film lovers including, if I recall correctly, Leonard Maltin and Tony Randall, among others – its first offering was ‘Barfly’, with Mickey Roarke and Faye Dunaway. The final film booked into what was my favorite theatre in Manhattan – even after just one visit, to see ‘The Celebration’, from a vantage point in the balcony on a snowy night in January of 1999 – was ‘Elizabeth’. Some six weeks later, on February 28th, the run of ‘Elizabeth’ – and of the Alden/Regency – came to an end. By mid-April, the entire structure was sheathed in scaffolding and, within three months' time, it was completely demolished.

SethLewis on April 21, 2004 at 4:18 am

A great West Side institution both as a repertory house but for some great first runs in the 70s with some Bergman, Claude Berri and Goretta showing here…You can still catch a glimpse of it in the Seinfeld episode where Elaine goes to the movies and buys jujubes instead of running off to see her boyfriend in the hospital

jays on April 20, 2004 at 11:47 pm

This theatre had a decent sized screen even though with a balcony it was still a small cinema. At the time that I visited this theatre it was near the end of it’s life, it switched to a first run policy sometimes It featured art films. But I enjoyed seeing “Shoot to Kill” there I also viewed “the Good Son” there but at that time the balcony section rattled as people walked up and down the stairs.But I won’t take that from it . It was a pretty good cinema.

PeterKoch on April 15, 2004 at 1:22 pm

I only went to the Regency once, in summer 1985, when it was still a revival cinema, to see “Planet Of The Apes” and “Fantastic Voyage”. I understand that the Biograph opened on W 57th near Broadway as a replacement for the Regency, once the Regency had stopped being a revival cinema.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on February 16, 2003 at 11:18 pm

The Regency was located on Broadway at 68th Street.

FARDIN on September 13, 2002 at 9:03 am

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