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Village East Cinema

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181-189 2nd Ave Near the corner of East 12th Street, New York City, NY 10003-5782
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ronco0807 wrote a review May 2019
Brooklyn, New York590 contributions175 helpful votes
If there is a movie playing there that you wish to see, it is worth a trip to come here not only to see the movie but to see this gorgeous old theater. The Village East Cinema is a movie theater in the East Village of Manhattan, New York City. It is one of New York's last remaining Yiddish theatre buildings, it is now a multi-plex but much of it's 1925 architecture is still in tact. It is New York City designated landmark and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The theatre was designed in the Moorish Revival style. The design incorporates Moorish motifs with Judaic references (Yiddish writing outside the lobby and a large Star of David in the ornate dome. This with the chandelier in the second floor main auditorium are a must see.
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Date of experience: May 2019
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TheUntourists wrote a review Dec 2017
Mumbai, India129 contributions20 helpful votes
An excellent Cinema and very well located in NYC, this place is venue to many a cultural event. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It was built around 1925-1926 by Louis Jaffe. The auditorium seats about 1200 people and it shows hollywood as well as indie films. We visited the theater as it was the venue for the screening of our film 'Bachelor Girls' part of the Asian American International Film festival.
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Date of experience: July 2017
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marield1990 wrote a review Oct 2017
Baldwin, New York1,278 contributions108 helpful votes
I came here for the first time with some friends to see an anime. We got the really nice theater upstairs. I wasn't expecting the beautiful chandelier. I felt like I was at a broadway theater. Bring a jacket because it got cold in there after an hour! There were a decent number of bathrooms on the lower level. The only annoying thing was when you check in, the ticket worker's computer was a couple steps away from him so whoever didn't have an actual ticket stub had to wait for him to walk over to scan the QR code and then come back to the booth. Weird setup, but overall a nice theater.
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Date of experience: October 2017
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robcurtross wrote a review Feb 2017
New York City, New York14,701 contributions1,278 helpful votes
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With seven screens, there is almost always something to see at this historic theater, and I follow the listings regularly to enjoy the movie but also to explore the many wonders of this piece of New York history. "Manchester by the Sea" was quite good, and we spent an hour before hand wandering. The building was first the Yiddish Folks Theater in 1930's, became a movie house in the 1940s. In the 1950s, it was the important Off-Broadway art theater The Phoenix. From 1965-1969, it was the Gayety, Manhattan's only burlesque house during that time. Also in the 1960s, the theater offices were turned into apartments. It became the Village East cinema in 1991. There are remnants of this history tucked into various corners and of course the Moorish designs are always attractive.Yiddish writing outside the lobby and a large star of David in the dome of the main auditorium are proof positive of its beginnings. It's one our favorite places to see a movie because it's often quiet and uncrowded.
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Date of experience: January 2017
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