New Metro Twin

2626 Broadway,
New York, NY 10025

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Previously operated by: Brandt Theaters, Cineplex Odeon, Clearview Cinemas

Firms: Boak & Paris

Styles: Art Deco

Previous Names: Midtown Theater, Metro Twin

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New Metro Twin

Opening as the Midtown Theater, this classic theater, located almost 60 blocks north of Times Square, survived several tumultuous years.

Beginning as a first run single screen theater, the Midtown Theater, was taken over by New York Cinemas and was twinned and renamed the Metro Twin from August 29, 1986. The former balcony became the second auditorium, but elaborate ornamentation remained on view in both spaces. It switched to second run and then adult films during New York City’s darker years (the 1970’s and 1980’s).

It was taken over by Cineplex Odeon. They were taken over by Clearview Cinemas who restored the movie theater.

This underrated theater closed in January 2003, shortly after the nearby Olympia Theatre met the reaper, but reopened only a couple months later.

The Metro Twin was once more closed by Clearview in August 2004 but again reopened under independent ownership in December 2004 after a renovation. The New Metro Twin closed once again on December 1, 2005. The beautiful and unique Art Deco style fa├žade is legally protected, but the interior was gutted and offered for retail.

In April 2012, it was announced the New Metro Twin would be reopened by the Alamo Drafthouse chain in 2013 as a 5-screen theatre on 3 levels. In September 2013, these plans were scrapped and in May 2019 it was vacant, advertised as ‘Space Available’.

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Recent comments (view all 147 comments)

br91975 on October 1, 2013 at 11:34 am

Alamo Drafthouse won’t be opening at the Metro, after all:

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on October 1, 2013 at 4:09 pm

Damn… That is too bad. Seemed like an ideal salvage for this old structure. Now, I’m sure, whatever is left of the place is destined to be hauled away as rubble.

HowardBHaas on August 23, 2015 at 11:47 am

not sure if this listing is current re what sounds like vendor booths

Metropolite on October 17, 2015 at 5:41 am

New York Times – October 17, 2015.
Metro To Become Fitness Center

theatrefan on October 18, 2015 at 11:19 am

It’s a shame that Alamo Drafthouse could not make it work as a movie theatre. Well at least the exterior has landmark status, so that can’t change it, thankfully.

bigjoe59 on February 20, 2018 at 6:02 pm

Hello- after Alamo scraped their plans is the' theater just sitting there boarded up?

ridethectrain on August 13, 2019 at 12:46 am

Please correct your desciption, New York Cinemas (owners of Cinema Studio and Lincoln Plaza Cinemas) ran the Metro Theatre. They made that theatre a twin with only one auditorium Dolby Stereo.. Clearview took the theatre over from Cineplex Odeon after they were force to sell some theatres off when they merge with Loews.. I enclose a ad with NYC owning the theatre

artpf on June 15, 2020 at 4:06 pm

There is something incorrect about this description. I remember very specifically because I was there. Sometime in the middle 80s, the theatre had a grand opening as the Metro and they completely restored the inside to art deco style and even had users who had carts with popcorn and snacks going up and down the aisles. The first movie showed was King Kong. It wasn’t a duplex at that point! The only reason I went was to see the unedited Kong on a big screen! The theatre is still there and available for rent.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on June 15, 2020 at 5:11 pm

It became a twin in 1982. The Jessica Lange “KING KONG” was a 1976 release. The food carts down the aisle were a Cineplex Odeon project that started in the early nineties. Are you talking about the original “KING KONG” as a revival?

ridethectrain on July 4, 2021 at 9:57 pm

Please update, became a Twin on August 29, 1986. Theatre closed on December 1, 2005

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