United Artists 64th & 2nd Avenue
1210 2nd Avenue,
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Architects: Drew Eberson
Functions: Medical Center
Previous Names: Columbia I & II, Gemini Twin Cinemas I & II
United Artists opened the Columbia I & II on October 3, 1971 with Timothy Bottoms in “The Last Picture Show” on Screen 1 & Jack Nicholson in “A Safe Place” which opened Screen II on October 17, 1971.It was renamed Gemini Twin Cinemas I & II on July 21, 1978. It was one of the better twin cinemas built at that time and was designed by architect Drew Eberson. Each screen had 500-seats, the downstairs auditorium has the look of a single screen theatre complete with stage and luxurious drapes. The upstairs auditorium is not as nice but still scores above most. When UA added the third 299-seat screen in an acquired space a former store on November 15, 1996, they gave it the moronic name…. United Artists 64th & 2nd Avenue. Why must theatres be names after the street they are on? What happened to names like Rialto, Roxy and Star?
Another noteworthy thing is that this theatre was run for many years by Bob Meyer who started his career as an usher in the Roxy Theatre. He was the last of a dying breed of old time theatre managers who knew what showmanship was all about. My friend ran this theatre after Bob Meyers' sad passing. He felt the theatre reached its zenith with the two week Manhattan exclusive of “Bugsy”.
Some of those that came there to see it were Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Tom Cruise, Liza Minnelli and Joan Rivers. The staff adored Liza. She always tipped the candy people $20, telling them they work harder than anyone else there.
It was closed on October 5, 2012. By 2021 it was in use as a plastic surgery clinic.
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