|Address:||210 East 86th St, New York, NY 10028, USA|
Its a shame no one ever gives theaters any better reviews, but for the city, this place is A-OK. The little brother to the Loews Orpheum just around the corner, City Cinemas was not crowded, had no lines for popcorn and empty seats on an opening night. The staff is fairly non-existent and when you do see someone, they will gruffly take your order, scan your ticket and will not respond if you tell them to have a good night. Id tell you about how its overpriced, but if youve ever been to a movie theater in NYC, you already know. Eat a lot beforehand, you can make it for 2 hours without starving, I promise. The biggest issue I found was the seating. The rows are actually angled at an up-slant when you walk into the theater, meaning the further back you sit, the harder it will be to see. Was it opposite day when the engineer designed these plans? The bathrooms are dismal at best. Very small and cramped and if you visit after a G-rated movie has just ended, youll probably end up in a stall with a small child on your lap. Where are their leashes, parents??? Overall though, not a bad place to view a flick if you dont want to deal with the typical third avenue crowd.
I went to see The Great Gatsby movie here last week and it was the first time Ive been to this theater. From the outside, it didnt look like much. However, the interior lobby area looked updated with modern metal stairs and colors. The actual theater itself was a regular no thrills set up. It has a couple of things Im not a fan of. It had one middle walk-down aisle so seating in the middle of the screen was impossible. Also, all the chairs where on the same level. So if you had someone sitting in front of you that was taller than you, it would be hard to see the screen. What did impress me was the popcorn. Im not sure if it was because I was hungry, but they had really good popcorn. The butter at other movies theaters sometimes tastes artificial, but the butter here tasted real. Overall, not a bad place to see a movie considering its a neighborhood theater.
I have been to this movie theater a few time. Its nice because the theater never really gets too crazy or backed. But what I dont like is the seats in the theater. Heres my issue, I am only 52" so seating arrangements are really important to me. Usually in movie theaters each row is a little higher than the row in front. In this movie theater all the rows are on the same level! This really annoys me! When I go to a movie I want to forget about my life for the duration of the film and just get lost in the story. I can cant get lost in the film if I am always stretching to see whats going on! As expected in Manhattan, the tickets and snacks are really expensive. So if I am going to pay all that money for the movies I want my experience to be amazing. The seating here really messes up that experience
An average movie theater. Theaters are moderately sized and feature the old style seating; i.e. chairs are positioned on a gentle slope, rather than stadium seating. We saw a two week old movie on a Tuesday night so space and line of sight was no problem; I could see the theater being quite cramped on opening weekend. The layout overall is a bit bizarre, like a multi-level duplex. Patrons have to walk up and down flights of stairs for restrooms and concession stands, which isnt the most convenient in the middle of a film. Service is friendly if a bit slow. Conveniently located a block off the express train, its not a bad option for a neighborhood theater.
Was able to watch "The Raid 2" here which is great because its just a few blocks away from home and though this film is limited release, they still had a slot for it. Thought the purchase of tickets and getting in was a breeze and I liked that they didnt bother you with a ton of "pre-movie" ads or bothersome music. Didnt end up buying anything from the stand outside, but I expect itd be no more expensive than any other movie theater. I think the best part about this cinema is its more varied selection but you dont get any discount for being all the way up in Upper East Side, which is a bit unfortunate. In any case, good place to catch a quick flick!
Very cute local movie theater that surprisingly has lots of room. I came here to watch a 3D movie and was given good-quality 3D glasses that made the movie pop in a good way. The upstairs theater (where we were) had lots of open seats so we sat right in the middle. The seats are pretty comfy for the theater and the concession stands are spread out on several floors. Watch out for no escalator down, a staircase is right there to promote your healthy lifestyle, and of course theres an escalator up. Also, they gave out complimentary posters for current and upcoming movies in the lobby, which was pretty cool.
A Private User
The WORST theater I have ever been to, seriously. The staff is rude, ghetto, and just downright nasty. And the young woman and the man picking up 3 D glasses....they clearly hate their jobs, movie goers. Dont even mention about the smelly bathroom and the design of the theater itself. The screen is tiny, and the angle of the floor is ... ... there is no "good seat". Im marking this as not good for kids because we went to see "Ice Age", and the way the theater staff was treating the kids. I wouldnt want my kids to be subjected to such down right disdain.
I went to view The Great Gatsby in 3-D at this theatre. The ticket taker on the first floor was very polite. The theatre was upstairs. There was an escalator to the second floor. The theatre was very roomy and the chairs were large and comfortable. You just sink into the chair. I almost forgot I was in the theatre. The movie was good. The buttered pop corn was very tasty, not overly buttered or salted. It was a fun evening. There are several movies being shown at the same time. Prices were reasonable, in line with the rest of the city movies.
Came here to watch "The Great Gatsby" in 3D and I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised. Although this theater isnt as updated as other ones, the seats were quite comfortable (including armrests that go up & down) and the theater itself was a decent size. The only thing I was disappointed in was how high the actual screen was - I felt as if I had to hold my head tilted upwards, which got a little uncomfortable about halfway through the movie. Perhaps I will sit further back in the theater next time.
I and at least 15 others were standing on line to buy tickets today Jan 3 for features beginning at 10:00 am or 10:15 am. When by 10:30 the ticket seller (nor anyone else) still had not arrived, I left. The sad part is that as a movie goer I have choices; the 86th Street Cinema has none. If they fail to open in a timely fashion, people will ultimately buy tickets at another theatre. I will not patronize 86th Street Cinemas - I will go elsewhere.