When the Quad Cinema reopens in Greenwich Village April 14, there will be all kinds of things for patrons to enjoy: a wine bar; new sightlines; a screen ...
From its beginnings in 1972, Greenwich Village's Quad Cinema (34 W 13th St) has beenÂ a big deal for art-house connoisseurs. It was NYC's first multiplex, boasting four decently sized screens. More importantly, the Quad hasÂ always been independently owned, a proud status that led to adventurous programming as well asÂ financial difficulties which mightÂ have been surmountable had itÂ belonged to a chain. The theater closed in 2015.
But under theÂ ownership of real-estate developer Charles S. Cohen and his Cohen Media Group, the Quad has announcedÂ its reopening on April 14 after undergoing a multimillion-dollar renovation. MoviegoersÂ will experienceÂ swank newÂ interiors, luxurious seating, technological upgrades to the projection booths and a wine bar (no in-theater dining, bucking the trend of AlamoÂ Drafthouse and Nitehawk Cinema).
Best of all, the Quad has recommitted itself to its original mission of delivering quality repertory and first-run programming to a specializedÂ audience. Their schedule will kick off with a retrospective devoted to Italian filmmaker Lina WertmÃ¼ller, as well as an extended run of Terence Davies's new drama,Â A Quiet Passion.
We'll be heading over toÂ the Quad soon enough to take a peek. Stay tuned for more news in the coming weeks. It's a great time to love movies in NYC.
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