570 2nd Avenue,
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Architects: E.M. Pie
Previous Names: Kips Bay Theatre
The Kips Bay Theatre was opened on October 16, 1962 with Anthony Quinn in “Requiem for a Heavyweight”. This was a modern theatre which was surprisingly large on the inside but small on the outside. It was nestled in a small strip mall in the Kips Bay section of Manhattan. It had a decent size screen which often exhibited 70mm presentations.
This theatre was like a miniature version of the Beekman Theatre, which was about 30 blocks north. The curtains opened and closed before each presentation and was operated first by the Associated Independent Theatres Inc. chain, then Walter Reade Theatres and then by Cineplex Odeon, its final owner.
The first and only time I visited this theatre I saw the movie “Adventures in Babysitting” which was featured in the 70mm print. It was closed on January 6, 1994 and was dormant for a little while, then they demolished the whole strip mall to make way for the current AMC Loews Kips Bay 15.
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