22 E. 12th Street,
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Cinema Village (Official)
Architects: Alexander Zamshnick
Functions: Movies (Classic), Movies (Foreign), Movies (Independent)
Previous Names: Cinema 12th Street, Cinema Village on 3rd Avenue
This venerable art house has been around for decades and is virtually the last of the old Village independent cinemas that flourished during the 1960’s, 1970’s, and 1980’s. It was opened on October 5, 1964 with Bibi Andersson in “All These Women”. It had 310 seats and was a conversion of a former fire station, to the plans of architect Alexander Zamshnick.
After several tough years, on March 5, 1999 the theater was expanded into three screens and has continued its tradition of showing independent, foreign, and classic films.
The Cinema Village evokes a different era when "independent" really meant it.
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Recent comments (view all 104 comments)
to Al A. believe me its the smallest movie theater
men’s room I’ve ever seen. for instance they have
only 1 stall. again I can’t believe it meets the
NYC Building Code.
I wonder if it meets the building code.
I rather enjoyed A Very Natural Thing which opened here the summer of 1974. its one of the top gay themed films ever in my opinion. oddly I don’t think its ever been issued on home video, vhs or dvd let alone Blu-ray.
It’s available for viewing on Amazon Prime…
to Mike(saps) thanks for the info. on the photo pages for this theater is the ad from when the film opened and was surprised to see it was rated R. I was never aware it had been officially rated. I remember some the sex scenes being quite graphic so I’m surprised it didn’t get an X rating at the time.
An assortment of exterior and interior images of Cinema Village can be viewed here
Please update, open as 3 screens on March 5, 1999.
Due to recent water damage, Cinema Village is closed until further notice, and will not be one of the NYC theatres re-opening today. Owner quoted in this article on some other cinemas not re-opening. Click here
CC thank you for the update.
Please update, theatre open October 5, 1964. Grand opening in photos